The Valley School

Tuition & Financial Aid

 
 

 

2018-2019 Tuition

Pre-Kindergarten Tuition: $17,225
Morning Program, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
(Afternoon Program tuition based on attendance.)
  
Kindergarten - Fifth Grade Tuition: $22,960
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 admission and financial aid goals and policies towards the creation of a vibrant, engaged, and diverse community of children and parents from the greater Seattle community. Our aim is both 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. 

The Valley School believes that each family bears the primary responsibility for financing their child's education to the extent which they are able. Valley provides financial aid to families who demonstrate a gap between the amount they can contribute to the cost of their children’s education and the actual cost of attending the school. On average for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, Valley committed close to $300 thousand per year to tuition financial aid, or about 13% of all tuition revenue per year. Additionally, financial aid also funded non-tuition expenses, such as the after school childcare program, enrichment and tutoring programs.

For the past two years, an average of 19 families, representing 17% of the student body, received an average award of $16,000, covering approximately 76% of full elementary school tuition.

The table below illustrates the range of financial aid awards by gross income level for students enrolled in the 2017-18 school year.
 
GROSS INCOME RANGE RANGE OF AWARDS
UNDER $75,000
$13,000 - $21,000
$75,000 - $124,999
$15,000 - $15,500
OVER $125,000 $4,500 - $19,500
 
 
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’s unique circumstances. Factors that might affect a tuition assistance decision include; the number of children in a family, caring for nonschool-aged children or aging family members, income, investments, debts, multiple households, medical expenses, siblings’ school tuition, and single-income households.
 
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. As part of your application, you will be submitting directly to SSS your 2016 federal tax returns, a copy of your 2017-W2, and a Valley School Financial Aid Form (found on the SSS website).

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 Director of Admissions and Community Relations, Director of Finances and Operations, and the Head of School, makes financial aid allocation and management decisions.
 
 
Financial Aid Timeline for 2018-2019 Academic Year
 
CURRENT FAMILIES
February 2 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
February 13 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
February 28 Signed enrollment contracts and financial aid agreements due to school 
 
NEW FAMILIES   
February 8 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
March 16 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. There are no fees for paying tuition over time.

After receiving an award, do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?
Yes. Each year, applicant families must apply for financial through SSS and the Valley 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 contract may be revised if you qualify for financial aid and there are funds available.

Is there a tuition discount or financial aid available to siblings?
There is no tuition discount for siblings but families who feel they may qualify should apply for financial aid through SSS. Families with multiple siblings will be considered as part of the normal financial aid application process.

How do I apply for financial aid if I'm separated or divorced?
Parents have an obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent they are able, and this obligation takes precedence over the school’s responsibility to provide financial assistance. While the remarriage of either parent creates a new family unit with new relationships, the natural (or adoptive) parents still have responsibility for educational expenses despite any legal agreements to the contrary. Therefore, the resources of the entire new family unit are considered pertinent.

Do I have to pay back financial aid?
No.

What happens when I apply for financial for the first time as a new student 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 annually to allocate a portion of the financial aid budget for new students.
 
 
For financial aid questions, contact Fernando Viana at fernandov@thevalleyschool.org or Lora Kolmer at lorak@thevalleyschool.org