How to Apply for Financial Aid

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 waitlisted and only considered if funds become available.

Getting Organized

Lowell uses TADS to gather the information necessary to determine financial need. To learn more about the process, read the TADS FAQs for Families flyer.

Submitting an Application to TADS

Step-by-Step Guide

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  • Collect required documentation

    Before you begin, gather documentation to make it easier to complete the application.
    • Most recent federal tax return and supporting documents (W2s, 1099s, paystubs)
    • Utility bills
    • Rent or mortgage payment information
    • Debt information (loans, medical bills, credit card debt, etc.)
  • Set up a TADS account

    Go to the TADS website ( and click on "Family LOG IN" at the top, then on "Financial Aid Assessment: Click Here to Apply" or click on the button below to begin.

    The first time you visit, you will need to click on the gray “Create New Account” button. You will be prompted to enter an email address and a password. This will be your username and password throughout the process.

    From here, there will be a series of drop-down menus, and you will be directed to the application.
  • Complete the TADS worksheet

    There is a printable worksheet available on the TADS website at the beginning of the online application, or you can click on the button below for the pdf. Please take advantage of the practice worksheet; it will make the rest of the process go very smoothly!

  • Fill out and submit your Financial Aid Application

    Select Lowell School by clicking through the State/City/School dropdowns

    One application per family (or per parent in the case of separate households). Both biological parents must submit financial information as part of the application process. A non-refundable processing fee of $39 per household will apply.

     If you file 1041, 1065, 1120, or 1120S forms with your taxes, there may be an additional charge of $19. If this fee applies to you, you will be prompted during the application process.
  • Submit required documentation

    2018 and 2019 tax returns as well as W-2s are part of a complete application.

    Documents may be uploaded directly to directly to the TADS website or submitted by mail or fax.  

    If you wish. you may also submit a letter explaining any additional circumstances you would like our financial assistance committee to consider.

    1201 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite 100
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    (fax) 612-548-3326

    Within 48 hours of receiving these documents, TADS will send a confirmation via email.
  • Questions

    For help completing or accessing the application, contact TADS:

    800-477-8237 (phone) (email) (online chat)
  • Financial Aid decisions

    Current Families
    Preliminary grant notifications will be sent in January. Grant amounts will be finalized after tax forms and W-2s have been reviewed.

    Prospective Families

    Financial aid decisions will be sent along with offers of acceptance in March. All financial information is confidential. Please be assured that final admission decisions are in no way influenced by a request for aid.

    We cannot guarantee the availability of funds to families whose financial aid forms are submitted later than the deadlines. Incomplete financial aid applications will be placed on a financial aid waiting list and will be processed as funds remaining in the financial aid budget permit.

Important Dates

Beginning October 1, 2019 – Lowell will accept Financial Aid applications through TADS for the 2020-21 school year.


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  • Jar Lampard 

    Financial Aid Manager, Human Resources Manager
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.