At North Seattle French School, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality bilingual education that nurtures the growth and development of each student. We understand that tuition is a crucial aspect of your decision-making process, and we are committed to transparently sharing information to make your experience with us as smooth as possible. 

North Seattle French School is committed to fostering a diverse community, and we are glad to be able to offer need-based financial aid for students in K-5 grades.

Any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Tuition & Assistance

2024-2025 Tuition

  • Elementary (K to 5th grade): $20,980 – $2,102 /monthly installment
  • Half-Day Preschool: $13,200 – $1,324 / monthly installment 
  • New Family Fee: $500 – one-time payment for new families whose children have not been previously enrolled in the school. 

Half-day preschool is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. K-5 is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our after-school program runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is open to K-5 students.

Sibling Discount: Younger siblings receive a 10% tuition discount.

Payment Schedules: The deposit and the New Family Fee are due at time of the enrollment.  The remaining tuition is payable in one-time payment (with a $100 discount), in 3 installments (August, November and February) or in 9 installments from August to April (monthly).

Families can anticipate annual tuition increases to support faculty compensation, program enhancement, and classroom improvements.

Tuition Assistance

Our goal is to ensure that every family has access to the enriching educational experience we offer. Aid is determined based on demonstrated financial need when comparing the student’s educational expenses with the family’s ability to pay. Admission and tuition assistance decisions are made independently.

Contact us with any questions. We’re happy to help!

Tuition Assistance FAQ

Elementary school families who have thoroughly reviewed their financial situation, including all sources of income, and feel they need help paying tuition are encouraged to apply. (We do not currently offer financial aid for preschool.) Aid is issued as a grant; there is no repayment obligation.

No. Financial aid applications are considered separately from admissions applications.

Please contact our admissions coordinator to schedule a tour of the school before applying for financial assistance.

NSFS uses FAST, an online service of the Independent School Management Association, to help determine financial aid. FAST calculates the demonstrated need amount for each family based on gross income, nontaxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, and the number of children in tuition-paying schools below the college level, among other factors. Using FAST ensures confidentiality and equal consideration to all applicants.

The NSFS Financial Aid Committee determines awards based on the FAST demonstrated need information together with the amount of financial aid available and the number of families applying for aid in a given year.

The application is entirely online, through our school’s FAST link above.

The final deadline is end of March for the following school year, but it is advisable to begin the FAST application as early as possible. Please begin your FAST application early to see exactly what documentation is needed. Please contact our Operations Manager at for any questions.

All adults in the custodial household will be asked to provide documentation including but not limited to:

  • complete tax return for the most recent year
  • mortgage statement or rental agreement
  • child support documentation (if applicable)
  • W2 and/or 1099 for all jobs worked, and/or Social Security, unemployment or disability stubs if you are a recipient
  • IRS form 4506T (Request for Transcript of Tax Form) (available on the FAST website)
  • current credit report (NEW applicants only; available at no charge at

NSFS considers both parents or partners responsible for the educational expenses of their child(ren), regardless of marital status or the existence of legal documents stating otherwise. Therefore, separated or divorced partners must both complete tuition assistance applications. Please contact our Operations Manager at if you have questions about specific circumstances.

While we are very glad to be able to offer tuition assistance, we cannot guarantee that we will have funds to meet every applicant’s demonstrated need. The maximum amount we can offer this year is 45% of tuition.

While we anticipate the bulk of available funds will be allocated to applicants who submit by the end of March, we may have available and/or additional grant funds later in the year. We encourage you to apply if needed even after the deadline. Make sure to contact our admission coordinator for a tour of the school before applying for financial assistance.

If we receive completed applications with all necessary forms by the end of  March, you will receive a tuition assistance decision letter in April.

Yes, aid is determined every year for one year only. However, if there are no significant changes to your financial situation, it is likely that comparable aid will be offered each year.

We are here to work with all of our families. Please notify our Operations Manager right away if your family’s financial situation changes unexpectedly:

Tuition Assistance Application

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-25 school year! You will need your 2023 tax returns and W-2s. Application fees: $53

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