We are committed to making An LCDS education available to applicants who strongly desire and are prepared to undertake a challenging educational program regardless of the family's ability to pay.
To help families with the cost of education, LCDS offers a variety of payment plans and a need-based financial aid program. Jarvis Merit Scholarships are also available. About 32 percent of LCDS students receive a portion of the $2.3 million of need-based financial aid that LCDS provides annually. Our commitment to providing financial aid means that we are sharing your investment in your child's education.
Every family, regardless of need, is asked to pay a portion of the tuition costs. The average financial aid grant is approximately $11,600. However, the amount of financial aid varies and is based on each family's unique situation, income, and circumstances.
Merit-based v. Need-based Financial Aid
Many families have questions about the difference between Merit‐based Financial Aid and Need‐based Financial Aid.
Merit‐based financial aid is awarded to candidates based on the strength of their applications exclusively. This would mean for example, that even children from families of significant means might be awarded the grant. The support would be in the form of a straight reduction in tuition. In most cases, and unless otherwise specified, all merit scholarships are renewable each year, and last through to graduation.
Examples of Lancaster Country Day School’s merit based scholarships would include the $12,000 Jarvis Scholarships, open to candidates for Country Day’s Middle or Upper Schools. Another example would include Legacy Partners Scholarships, open to the relatives of employees of select area partner institutions – Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster General Health and the Junior Leagues of Lancaster, Berks, and York Counties.
Need‐based financial aid is awarded to accepted candidates based on the families’ circumstances. Need‐based aid represents the majority of aid provided by Lancaster Country Day School. In 2010‐11, LCDS provided over $1.9 million in need‐based financial aid to over 25% of the student body. Applicants interested in need‐based aid complete an application with the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), and submit a W2 and a copy of their most recent Income Tax documents. Need‐based grants are renewable each year, but are subject to the potentially changing income circumstances of the family. Families with relatively stable income and assets can expect scholarships to fall within a reliable band of support and, with yearly submission of documentation, are renewable through to graduation