The Valley School

Tuition & Financial Aid

 
 

 

2018-2019 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 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. For the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, Valley committed on average close to $300 thousand per year to tuition financial aid, or about 13% of tuition revenue. In the current 2018-19 school year, Valley allocated approximately $375 thousand to financial aid, both in support of families’ tuition and non-tuition expenses, such as after school childcare, enrichment and tutoring programs.


 
For the past three years, an average of 19 families, representing over 17% of all Valley students, received average financial aid awards in excess of $16 thousand dollars,  or on average as much as 70 % of full elementary school tuition.

The table below illustrates the range of financial aid awards by families' gross income level for students enrolled in the 2018-19 school year.
 
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 non-school-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 2018 federal tax returns, a copy of your 2018-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, the Director of Finance and Operations, and the Head of School, makes financial aid allocation and management decisions.
 
 
Financial Aid Timeline for 2019-2020 Academic Year
 
CURRENT FAMILIES
February 1 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 7 SSS Financial Aid Application and all required documents due
March 15 School mails enrollment contracts with financial aid letters
March 22 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 from Pre-k to 5th Grade 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. 
 
What if the family includes a non-working parent?
When all children in the household are in grade levels at or above 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?
Independent school education is a family commitment and all 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. All parents are expected to provide full disclosure of all assets and income when completing the financial aid application. While the remarriage or other domestic partnership arrangements of a 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 to the contrary. Therefore, the resources of the new family unit are considered pertinent.

Do I have to pay back financial aid?
No.

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.
 
For financial aid questions, contact Fernando Viana at fernandov@thevalleyschool.org or Lora Kolmer at lorak@thevalleyschool.org