To make a Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) education affordable for as many families as we can, our tuition assistance program helps families with tuition costs. Because we are committed to a socioeconomically diverse school community, approximately 33 percent of LCDS families receive some form of tuition assistance. Applying for assistance does not affect admissions decisions. Lancaster Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin.
Investing in an Independent School Education
We at Lancaster Country Day School recognize the commitment a family makes when investing in a private school education. We know most families find the strain on their budget requires real sacrifice. We also firmly believe that you are investing in your child's future and putting their education first. We take this investment seriously and work hard to balance affordability with great programming and curriculum.
The LCDS Tuition Assistance Committee determines aid grants for current and newly accepted families who have applied for tuition assistance. These grants are determined uniformly and even-handedly according to demonstrated need using our third-party service provider SSS (School and Student Services). You will complete your family’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), online in the SSS Family Portal. This application process gathers relevant information about family size, income, and expenses. SSS estimates the amount you can contribute to school expenses and forwards that estimate to us. We use this estimate as a starting point to determine the actual tuition assistance grant we can offer each family. If able, all parents of school-aged children are expected to contribute to the cost of tuition.
LCDS offers more than $4 million of aid each year to students in grades K-12. However, this still leaves qualified applicants we are unable to support. Therefore, we offer assistance to current families first, and then review the applications of newly accepted families.