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Independent School Spring Fair and Financial Aid

In anticipation of the Independent School Spring Fair that is being held on Sunday, April 28, at Garfield Community Center from 2:00-3:30 p.m., here are some answers to common questions about financial aid in independent schools.

Laura Amrein, Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid

In anticipation of the Independent School Spring Fair that is being held on Sunday, April 28, at Garfield Community Center in Seattle from 2:00-3:30 p.m., here are some answers to common questions about financial aid in independent schools.

 

The Independent School Financial Aid process was an entirely new venture for me this year. My background is in admissions, through which I’ve developed a passion for access to education. When I started as the Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at University Prep this fall, I felt excited to expand beyond admissions and play a role in empowering families with financial access to education too.

The Independent School Financial Aid process was an entirely new venture for me this year. My background is in admissions, through which I’ve developed a passion for access to education. When I started as the Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at University Prep this fall, I felt excited to expand beyond admissions and play a role in empowering families with financial access to education too.

Before I could jump into it, though, I had a lot of questions about just how Financial Aid really works at independent schools. As the season wraps up, I write to share some of what I’ve learned:

  • If the full cost of tuition feels like a stretch for your family, you may qualify for Financial Aid.  Financial Aid at many schools is meant to support the school's mission of enrolling a diverse class of students. This means socioeconomic diversity in addition to racial/ethnic diversity, gender diversity, and diversity of perspective. With that, Financial Aid is designed for both families with high demonstrated need as well as those families that may qualify for a smaller Financial Aid award to assist with the cost of tuition.
  • Independent School Financial Aid doesn’t need to be repaid. With so much in the news about increasing student loan debt, this was one of the first things I asked. For qualifying families who have been awarded Financial Aid, these awards come in the form of grants, not loans, and do not need to be repaid.
  • Financial Aid is comprehensive. Of course academics are an essential part of the Independent School experience. We recognize that in order to fully participate in the life of a school like UPrep, though, this extends beyond the classroom. That is why students in our Financial Aid program receive not just tuition grant but funding toward textbooks, sports equipment, technology, lunch each day, and additional opportunities like global trips and Ski Bus.

This is the third year of the Spring Fair event and it serves as a great starting point to learn about schools, financial aid, and summer programs offered to explore a variety of campuses. We look forward to meeting future families on Sunday.



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