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. It is unlikely that funds will be available at that time.
Financial aid applications that are not submitted by the due date or that are incomplete upon submission are automatically wait listed and only considered if funds become available. Families who wait until after they are accepted to apply for financial aid, barring extenuating circumstances, are unlikely to receive financial aid.
There is no income level that 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 grants to all qualified applicants. We encourage families to explore all options (including extended-family financial support) before applying for assistance.
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. Some accepted families may be added to our financial aid wait-list.
Students receiving aid for tuition also receive grants toward the cost of most school activities, including the After School Program, Fall Bazaar, Annual Auction, and Summer Camp.
Financial aid awards are decided by Lowell's Financial Aid Committee.
The Committee reviews reports and estimated family contribution (EFC) sent by SSS that recommend what each family can reasonably contribute toward tuition. Lowell makes grant decisions based on the information received from SSS, as well as the total number of families applying for aid and available funds.
There is a section on the application to indicate circumstances such as job loss, medical emergencies, uncooperative spouses, etc. We encourage you to submit a letter outlining these circumstances in greater detail along with your required documents.
Both parents, whether married, separated, divorced, or remarried 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 SSS process. Lack of information from either parent may prevent determination of eligibility for tuition assistance.
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.