THE LCDS TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
We are committed to making an LCDS education affordable to applicants who strongly desire and are prepared to undertake a challenging educational program, regardless of the family's ability to pay.
Annually, we provide over $3 million in direct need-based Tuition Assistance grants. In addition, we offer Merit Scholarships and options that include monthly payment plans.
NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID
While the amount of aid for each family varies and is based on each unique situation, the average grant is approximately $11,800.
WHO RECEIVES AID
Just like the diversity within our LCDS community of students and families, the applicants who receive Tuition Assistance represent a spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds and situations. Therefore, the assistance may vary from relatively small amounts to amount much closer to full tuition. Every family, regardless of need, however, does pay a portion of tuition costs.
BASIC STEPS TOWARD FINANCIAL AID
At LCDS, we use School and Student Services (SSS) to process Tuition Assistance applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information you provide, SSS calculates for LCDS the estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This service makes it possible for us to make fair and objective Tuition Assistance decisions on your behalf.
THE FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION
Visit the NAIS website, www.sss.nais.org/parents. You'll find answers to tuition assistance questions and easy-to-follow instructions to assist you in completing the Parents Financial Statement (PFS).
After you have completed the PFS and paid the SSS processing fee, you will be able to upload the required financial documents to the SSS site.
If you have questions, please call SSS at 800-344-8328. They're available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST.COMPLETING THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS
Tuition Assistance applications should be completed at the same time as admission applications. Applying for Tuition Assistance after April 8 may reduce our ability to provide funding.
To speak with someone about Tuition Assistance at LCDS, please call Sandi Abraham, Interim Director of Admission, at 717-392-2916, ext. 227.