If you believe that you will need financial aid, you should begin the admissions process and the financial aid process at the same time. Do not wait until your child has been admitted to apply for financial aid.
Financial aid applications that are not submitted by the due date or incomplete upon submission are only considered if funds become available. Families who wait until after they are accepted to apply for financial aid, barring extenuating circumstances, are very unlikely to receive financial aid.
No income level automatically qualifies a family for or disqualifies a family from financial aid. Families should complete the financial aid process if they feel that the full cost is more than they can afford.
Although Lowell has a significant financial aid budget, we may not be able to provide financial aid to all qualified applicants. We encourage families to explore all options (including extended family financial support) before applying for aid.
All families are expected to pay a portion of the tuition and fees for their child to attend Lowell. Approximately 1/3 of our students receive some financial assistance. We do not award 100% tuition grants.
Students receiving aid for tuition also receive discounts on the cost of most school activities, including the After School Program, Fall Bazaar, Annual Auction tickets, and Summer Camp.
Lowell's Financial Aid Committee decides financial aid awards, and we use TADS FA to assess a family's unique financial circumstances.
After the family completes the Parents' Financial Statement, the committee reviews the PFS along with the estimated family contribution (EFC) sent by TADS FA along with any additional documentation submitted by the family to determine what each family can reasonably contribute toward tuition.
Lowell makes award decisions based on a family's demonstrated financial need, the information received from TADS FA, and the total number of families applying for aid and available funds.
If you believe there are extenuating circumstances or information the Financial Aid Committee did not have when an award decision was made, please reach out to our Financial Aid Manager for a discussion about our appeal process. Once grant decisions are made, however, additional funding is rarely available.
There is a section on the application to indicate circumstances such as job loss, medical emergencies, or other uncommon events. We encourage you to submit a letter outlining these circumstances in greater detail along with your required documents so we may better understand your unique situation.
Whether married, separated, divorced, or remarried, both parents are expected to bear joint responsibility for the cost of educating their child to the extent that they are able. We require each parent to apply and complete the TADS FA process. Lack of information from either parent may prevent the determination of eligibility for financial aid.
Lowell School is a private PK-8th grade school located in NW Washington, DC. At Lowell students gain the knowledge, skills, and social-emotional literacy to be the bold leaders and creative problem solvers our world needs.