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Financial Aid

Rowland Hall values socioeconomic diversity. Families with financial need are encouraged to apply for financial aid.

Rowland Hall currently provides over $2.61 million per year in financial aid and scholarships to our students in grades K–12. Most of our financial aid recipients obtain 50% or more tuition assistance, but our need-based financial aid program is designed to consider every family’s unique circumstances and identify a realistic tuition contribution that matches their financial means. All financial aid awards offered by Rowland Hall are grants, not loans, and do not have to be repaid. Please note, financial aid is not available for international students.

The application for financial aid is separate from the application for admission, but the two application cycles do overlap. Interested families should simultaneously complete admission application materials and financial aid application materials. Because requests often exceed budget, families are encouraged to apply as early in the cycle as possible.

All inquiries, applications, and supporting documentation with regard to financial aid are treated confidentially.

How Need Is Determined

As is common with many independent schools, financial aid awards are decided by the School’s Financial Aid Committee. Additionally, Rowland Hall uses School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to process our financial aid applications.

Introduction to Eligibility

Even families who feel financially stable can’t always afford tuition. That’s why our financial aid program is here for everybody—not only those who are in the highest-need categories. The table below shows the income ranges of our financial aid recipients, and what applicants of similar means may be asked to contribute.

This chart is a simplification of our process. In reality, awards are determined using a variety of factors beyond family income, including net worth, debt, unusual expenses, and family makeup. Some families in these income ranges will be eligible for significantly more or less financial aid depending on individual circumstances. Our financial aid resources are limited and there is a significantly greater chance of receiving financial aid if you apply by the February 15 deadline.

Gross Annual Income Family’s Expected Contribution (All Students Combined)
Under $40,000 $0–$4,000
$40,000–$70,000 $1,000–$6,000
$70,000–$100,000 $3,000–$11,000
$100,000–$150,000 $7,000–$20,000*
$150,000–$200,000 $15,000–$30,000*
Over $200,000 Eligibility possible with multiple children enrolled

*Tuition cost per student will never exceed the full tuition rate. A family’s total tuition contribution would only exceed the per-child rate if they have multiple students enrolled.

For Returning Families

To renew financial aid, families must complete the same steps each year (outlined in steps 1 through 3 below). This process allows us to verify and document that families who receive financial aid continue to demonstrate need for tuition assistance.  Current financial aid recipients will receive detailed instructions for renewal.

For New Applicants

The deadline for new applications will be February 15, 2020.

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications may not receive full consideration for a financial aid award.

Application Requirements

Rowland Hall believes that the primary responsibility for educational expenses lies with the child's parents. Therefore, we ask that each parent submit financial information in order to establish eligibility for financial aid. If the parents are divorced or separated, each party will independently follow the financial aid application steps. If you have questions or concerns about fulfilling this requirement, please contact Hadley Smith.

Steps for Completing the Financial Aid Application

Step 1

Please take a moment to review the Guiding Principles for Families, then fill out the Rowland Hall Financial Aid Form.

Step 2

Create an account and complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through the SSS Family Portal.

Step 3

Obtain your complete 2018 Federal Tax Returns including all schedules (plus 2019 W2s if available) and upload them to your PFS in the SSS Family Portal. Please submit your completed 2019 tax return if available.

Resources

Please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid Hadley Smith at 801-924-2964 or hadleysmith@rowlandhall.org with any questions.

Beyond Financial Aid

Scholarships

Please refer to our scholarships page for information regarding need-based and merit-based scholarship opportunities at Rowland Hall.

Tuition Loan Option

For families that do not qualify for financial aid—or for those who qualify but need assistance with their portion of tuition—you may want to investigate Your Tuition Solution, which may be able to offer a tuition loan.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Rowland Hall does not discriminate on the basis of physical ability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in its admission, financial aid, or employment policies or in the administration of educational, athletic, or other school programs.

Financial Aid Director Hadley Smith ’05 outside on the McCarthey Campus.

Director of Financial Aid Hadley Smith ’05 on our kind, thoughtful, and transparent process: “A truly equitable financial aid program benefits all who demonstrate even partial need.”

Thank you for your interest in Rowland Hall. I’m proud to be part of a community that cares so deeply about making a difference in students’ lives and creating a welcoming learning atmosphere for all.

As of summer 2019, we’ve exceeded $2.6 million per year in financial aid awards and scholarships for families that demonstrate financial need. That number grows each year, as does the scope of our financial aid program to cover expenses beyond tuition. Our program is not only sound—it’s increasingly robust. As its director, part of my mission is to educate families about the wide range of people it’s designed to benefit.

As an alum, I’m deeply familiar with the joys and rewards of a Rowland Hall education. I suspect you wouldn’t be reading this letter if you didn’t also recognize that value. But valuing an exceptional early education is not the same as affording it, and many families that would pay full tuition simply don’t have the means to do so. The beauty of our need-based financial aid program is its personalization, designed to consider every family’s unique circumstances and identify a realistic tuition contribution that is well-aligned with their financial means.

I can honestly say that our process is thoughtful, human, and kind. Award decisions are made in a room of caring professionals and educators and the results are presented with transparency and clarity.

It’s a myth that financial aid is an all-or-nothing equation solely intended for families of few means. A truly equitable financial aid program benefits all who demonstrate even partial need. In fact, all of our financial aid recipients fall somewhere between full-pay and no-pay, meaning families from a wide range of income levels pay anywhere from zero to 99% of full tuition depending on their level of need. If any family feels that the cost of full tuition at Rowland Hall is beyond reach, I always encourage them to explore this as an option.

I also encourage families to apply as early as possible. We have limited financial aid to distribute each year, and demand typically exceeds our budgeted funds. The best way for us to meet your family’s needs is to complete your application before the February deadline.

I can honestly say that our process is thoughtful, human, and kind. I personally collaborate with every applicant family to ensure we understand their whole financial picture before the application is reviewed. Award decisions are made in a room of caring professionals and educators and the results are presented with transparency and clarity.

Ultimately, this is about placing your child in an environment that will allow them to become lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world. If that environment is right for your child, I believe the cost should be within your family’s means. So please take some time to read through our philosophy, policies, and steps to apply. I’m always available to discuss your situation in greater detail and to answer any questions. I look forward to it!

Sincerely,
Hadley Smith ’05
Director of Financial Aid

Read more about Financial Aid

Affordability

Admission Deadline

FEBRUARY 15: All-School Application and Financial Aid Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by February 15. Decision letters will be mailed in mid-March. After February 15, all applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Additional Forms

All supplemental forms are now accessible in the Admission Portal. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing a form, please email Hadley Smith.

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