How Need Is Determined

The Process

At Lowell, we separate the admissions process from the financial aid process. To support this policy, financial aid is handled by our Business Office. Admission decisions are made first by an Admissions Committee without regard to financial need. After admission decisions are made, grants are determined by a Financial Aid Committee.
To apply for financial aid, a family submits financial information to TADS, a need-based financial-aid analysis service. TADS recommendations serve as a valuable guide in ensuring fairness in the setting of awards. Their recommendation suggests an estimated family tuition contribution based on the information submitted by the family.

Lowell makes grant decisions based on the information received from TADS, the total number of families applying for aid, and available funds. Thus, the family contribution determined by the School might differ from the TADS recommendation.
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