Tuition & Affording WRA

An investment in your child's future.

Western Reserve Academy is committed to admitting talented and motivated students, regardless of family resources. We believe the cost of education should not deter you from applying. Each year, we award more than $7 million in need-based financial aid. We also offer merit-based scholarships — awards range from up to $50,000 for our boarders and $30,000 for our day students. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family as you consider this very important decision.

Although we've passed our initial deadlines, the WRA Financial Aid Committee will still be reviewing day and boarding financial aid applications for the 2020-21 school year on a rolling basis. Please contact the Admission office at or 330-650-9717 with any questions—we're excited to hear from you!

Merit Scholarships

WRA is excited to offer Merit Scholarships to outstanding applicants. Students will be selected based on academic performance and accomplishments, contributions to their school/clubs/communities, strong character and leadership skills. All students who complete their application for admission by the appropriate deadlines (day and boarding) will be considered for the top two scholarship levels.


The James Ellsworth Scholarship:
This scholarship is named for James Ellsworth, WRA class of 1868. Mr. Ellsworth was a pioneering philanthropist instrumental in securing the financial future of WRA.
Boarding - $50,000
Day - $30,000

The Helen Jacobsen Scholarship: This scholarship is named after former English and French faculty member, Helen Jacobsen, who taught at WRA during the early 1900's.
Boarding - up to $30,000
Day - up to $15,000

The 1826 Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of WRA's founding year and the continuation of the school's longstanding commitment to access for talented students.
Boarding - up to $15,000
Day - up to $10,000

The Ohio Pioneer Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to the top boarding applicant from Ohio.
Boarding - up to $50,000

Financial Aid

We encourage families to apply for financial assistance where needed. WRA awards more than $7 million in need-based financial aid to 40 percent of the student body each year. If you are offered admission, WRA puts forth every effort to make education affordable for you.

Need-based financial aid awards are not loans; they are grant awards that do not need to be repaid. WRA's financial aid budget is funded through the school's endowment.

WRA uses the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is created by the School & Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) for determining financial aid awards. Financial aid applications are due at the same time as admission applications:
Day applications - Jan. 17, 2020
Boarding applications - Feb. 14, 2020

Please read below for details about the financial aid application. These resources from SSS are especially helpful for navigating this process: Family Guide to Financial Aid and PFS Workbook.

Every one of our students has a success story to tell. We can't wait to tell yours.

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It’s a personal passion of mine to foster socioeconomic diversity and make sure students from all different types of backgrounds have the opportunity of an independent school education.

— Jenni Biehn, Director of Enrollment Management


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