Tuition & Financial Aid

2019-2020 Tuition

Pre-Kindergarten Half-Day Tuition: $18,345
Morning Program, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  
Full-Time Pre-K - Fifth Grade Tuition: $24,450
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. Financial Aid is provided to families who demonstrate a gap between the amount their family can contribute to the cost of education and the actual cost of attending The Valley School.
  

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. Our aim is to enroll students and families whom we believe will thrive in our mission-driven school, as well as 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 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.
 
The Valley School 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 families who demonstrate a gap between the estimated family contribution versus the cost of attending the School.
 
In the 2019-20 school year, Valley committed approximately $480 thousand towards the Financial Aid Program. Approximately one in five students at Valley (25 students) received tuition financial aid at an average award per student of $17 thousand, or approximately 70 percent of the full tuition amount.
 
Valley’s Financial Aid Program supported non-tuition programs attended by all students receiving tuition financial aid at an average amount of $2,200 per student. Non-tuition programs include extended day childcare, enrichment and tutoring programs, and summer camps. 

The annual gross family income of Valley families receiving financial aid ranges from approximately $30 thousand to over $200 thousand for students enrolled in the 2019-20 school year:
 
 
GROSS INCOME RANGE RANGE OF AWARDS
UNDER $60,000 $20,850-$23,960
$60,000-$120,000 $16,450-$22,450
OVER $120,000 $3,339 - $14,450
 
 
Financial Aid Application Process
Families requesting financial aid awards go through the financial aid application process each year. Financial aid 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, applicant families will submit directly to SSS 2019 federal tax returns, a copy of the 2019 W2, 2019 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 specific details on the application process.
If you request financial aid, an enrollment contract reflecting financial aid will not be provided until all required financial aid documents have been received. For returning students, financial commitments to the school must be up to date to be considered for financial aid the following year.

If you request financial aid, an enrollment contract reflecting financial aid will not be provided until all required financial aid documents have been received. For returning students, financial commitments to the school must be up to date to be considered for financial aid the following year.
 
The Financial Aid Committee, comprised of the Head of School, the Director of Admissions and Community Relations, and the Director of Finance and Operations, manages the Financial Aid Program and makes financial aid award allocations.
 
Financial Aid Timeline for 2019-2020 Academic Year
 
CURRENT FAMILIES
February 7 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
February 12 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
February 27 Signed enrollment contracts and financial aid agreements due to school 
 
NEW FAMILIES   
February 7 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
March 20 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
March 27 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 of paying 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 will strive to allocate a portion of the financial aid budget for 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 to be considered 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 and a family can no longer afford the full tuition, 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 to be considered 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 who may qualify 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, an 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 associated with a Valley School student bear the primary responsibility for paying for their student’s educational costs to every 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, 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.