Tuition & Financial Aid

2020-2021 Tuition

Pre-Kindergarten Half-Day Tuition: $20,500
Morning Program, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  
Full-Time Pre-K - Fifth Grade Tuition: $26,345
8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m., Monday - Friday
 
 
The Valley School Financial Aid Program 
The Valley School Financial Aid Program advances the mission of the school by supporting the cultivation of socio-economically diverse classrooms and enabling interested families to afford the cost of a Valley education.
  

Financial Aid

Affording a Valley School Education 
Valley’s Mission and Values steer our admissions and financial aid goals and policies, aimed at the creation of a vibrant, engaged, and diverse community of children and parents from the greater Seattle community. We aim to enroll students and families who will thrive in our mission-driven school, and to create classroom communities that include diverse children, each with unique qualities and characteristics. We seek to ensure that each class includes families who value the variety of backgrounds and experiences represented in our larger community. Admissions decisions are made without regard to the financial need of a family and are based on the school’s ability to serve the learning needs of the child and the family’s alignment with our educational philosophy and practice.
 
Our Financial Aid Program aligns with Valley’s strong and evolving commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access.
 
Valley’s Financial Aid Program advances the School’s Mission and Values by supporting socio-economically diverse classrooms. While we believe that each family bears the primary responsibility for financing their child's education to the extent possible, Valley provides financial aid to enable interested families to afford a Valley education.
 
In the 2020-21 school year, Valley committed approximately $425 thousand towards the Financial Aid Program. Approximately one in four students at Valley receive tuition assistance in this school year with an average award per student of $17.7 thousand, or about 67 percent of full annual tuition. Valley’s Financial Aid Program also supports non-tuition programs, including extended day childcare, enrichment and tutoring programs, and summer camps.
 
The annual gross income of Valley families receiving financial aid ranges from $30 thousand to over $190 thousand for families with students enrolled in the 2020-21 school year:
 
 
GROSS INCOME RANGE RANGE OF AWARDS
UNDER $60,000 $22,745 - $25,795
$60,000-$130,000 $14,345 - $25,795
OVER $130,000 $6,345 - $22,345
 
 
Financial Aid Application Process
Families requesting financial assistance go through the application process each year. Awards are based on each applicant family’s unique circumstances. Factors that might affect a tuition assistance decision include, in addition to family income, investments and other assets, the number of children in a family, parent/guardians caring for non-school-aged children or aging family members, debts, multiple households, medical expenses, siblings’ school tuition, and single-income households.

Families apply for financial aid through Student and School Services (SSS), a national financial aid management service used by many Seattle area independent schools, to expedite and bring consistency to the application process and calculation of financial awards. As part of the application process for the 2021-2022 school year, applicant families will submit directly to SSS 2020 federal tax returns and copies of the 2020 W2 and/or 2020 1099 forms, as applicable, and The Valley School Financial Aid Application form, also found on the SSS website.
 
Click here to access the SSS website and begin the process to apply for financial aid at The Valley School.
 
The “How to Apply for Financial Aid” document (found to the right of this page) provides additional details on the application process.

Accepted families who receive tuition assistance are offered an enrollment contract reflecting financial aid after all required financial aid documents have been received. For returning students, financial commitments to the school must be up to date for financial aid consideration for the following year.
 
Financial Aid Timeline for 2021-2022 Academic Year
 
CURRENT FAMILIES
February 4 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
February 11 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
February 26 Signed enrollment contracts and financial aid agreements due to school 
 
NEW FAMILIES   
February 4 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
March 19 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
March 26 Signed enrollment contracts and financial aid agreements due to school 
   
 
Frequently Asked Questions 
 
Do I have to pay for tuition all at once?
No. Families have the option to pay full tuition upfront in one payment or spreading the full tuition payment over ten (10) monthly payments from June to March of each school year. There are no fees or interest charged for paying tuition over time.

Is the financial Aid application information kept confidential?
Yes.
 
What happens when I apply for financial aid for the first time as a new applicant to Valley?
Awarding financial aid to new students is an important part of maintaining a diverse student population at Valley. To that end, the school strives to allocate financial aid to new students annually.
 
After receiving an award, do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?
Yes. Each year, applicant families from Pre-Kindergarten to 5th Grade must apply for financial aid through SSS and The Valley School financial aid application process. Valley will consider the financial aid needs of returning students applying for financial aid before newly enrolling students. However, a returning family’s financial obligations to the School must be up to date for consideration for financial aid each year.

What if my family’s financial situation changes in a given year?
If a family’s financial situation changes from year to year, you may apply for financial aid as a returning family. Your enrollment contract may be revised if you qualify for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded to returning students applying for the first time only after the School meets the needs of families who were previous recipients of financial aid. A returning family’s financial obligations to the School must be up to date for consideration for financial aid each year.
 
Does Valley offer non-need based financial aid?
The Valley School Financial Aid Program is need-based, and awards are entirely based on each applicant family’s unique financial circumstances. The School does not provide academic or merit-based scholarships.
 
Is there a tuition discount or financial aid available to siblings?
There is no tuition discount for siblings. Families with multiple siblings must apply for financial aid through SSS and will be considered as part of the normal financial aid application process.

What if the family includes a non-working parent?
When all children in the household are in grade levels at or above Pre-Kindergarten, income for a non-working parent will be imputed into overall family income.

How do I apply for financial aid if I'm separated or divorced?
All parents/guardians bear the primary responsibility for paying for their student’s educational costs to the extent possible. This obligation takes precedence over the School’s responsibility to provide financial assistance. If either parent creates a new family unit with new relationships, the natural (or adoptive) parents/guardians still have responsibility for educational expenses despite any legal agreements among them to the contrary. Therefore, the resources of all parents/guardians are considered pertinent.
 
All information submitted through the financial aid application process is kept strictly confidential. In the case of separated or divorced parents/guardians, each person submits a separate Personal Financial Statement and Valley will communicate with each family unit separately to maintain confidentiality. No information will be shared.
 
Do I have to pay back financial aid?
No.


For financial aid questions, contact Fernando Viana at fernandov@thevalleyschool.org or Lora Kolmer at lorak@thevalleyschool.org.
 
For questions about the SSS financial aid application process, contact SSS Help for Families at 1-800-344-8328 or sss@communitybrands.com.