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Welcome from the Admission Team

We’re thrilled you’re considering your child’s future at Rowland Hall, where every student is empowered to reach their full potential. 

Parent Testimonial

How Rowland Hall Fulfills Each Student's Potential

A Note from our Director of Enrollment Management

Welcome to Rowland Hall. I’m delighted that your family is considering our school—a place where students are encouraged to choose their challenges, find their passions, and express their individuality. For over 150 years, Rowland Hall has ignited minds, graduating thoughtful citizens who are ready to face a dynamic world.

Our goal as an Admission Team is to do two things: to help guide you as you discover Rowland Hall and learn what’s most important and enduring about our beloved school, and to get to know you. We understand that every family is unique and that every student has different goals, and we believe that choosing a school requires partnership and trust built around the shared value of education. We hope you enjoy getting to know our inclusive community of engaged learners who think critically and deeply, learn to push the boundaries of who they are and who they want to be, and become global citizens committed to making the world a better place.

Admission and financial aid applications for the 2022–2023 school year are due February 7. Rowland Hall also considers applicants throughout the school year for grades where openings exist, and we offer a robust tuition assistance program that makes pursuing a Rowland Hall education a possibility for every family. We encourage you to reach out with questions as you begin this journey. 

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Shuja Khan's Signature

Shuja Khan
Director of Enrollment Management
801-355-7485
shujakhan@rowlandhall.org

Rowland Hall was the right decision. It was a great investment. Our children are comfortable, confident, they appreciate hard work, and they appreciate what academic excellence can mean in their lives and how it contributes to their success.—Roger, parent of alumni

Tips for Parents

If you're a parent/caregiver trying to find the right school for your student—or simply trying to make sure they get the most out of their education—read our latest pointers here.

From financial aid to scholarships, there are ways to make private education affordable.

In the last two years, private and independent school enrollment has been on the rise as families across the nation are opting to make changes to their children’s education.

As a result of this shift, financing private school tuition has become a top concern. While costs can seem staggering, paying for your child to attend a private school doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing process. From financial aid to scholarships, there are a variety of financing options available—and you might be surprised to find out that a private school education is more affordable than you think.

If you’re considering private school enrollment for your child, here are six ways to make it affordable for your family.

How to Make Utah Private School Education Affordable for Your Family

Take Advantage of Financial Aid 

Rowland Hall's need-based financial aid program considers every family’s unique circumstances, with the goal to match your financial means with a realistic tuition contribution.

In a recent Enrollment Management Association report, The Ride to Independent Schools 2020–2021, 47% of parents reported they did not apply for financial aid because they thought they would not qualify.

At Rowland Hall, all families with financial need are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Our need-based financial aid program considers every family’s unique circumstances, with the goal to match your financial means with a realistic tuition contribution. We currently provide more than $2.61 million per year in financial aid and scholarships to students in grades K–12, with most recipients receiving 50% or more in tuition assistance.

Apply for Need- and Merit-based Scholarships

Many private schools offer a variety of scholarships for qualifying students. Rowland Hall donors have established scholarships for students who possess both specific talents or qualifications and who demonstrate financial need.

As with any scholarship, be sure to carefully review all eligibility requirements, application dates, and application requirements to give your family the best possible chance to earn additional assistance.

Set Up a Payment Plan

The thought of paying full tuition all at once can be daunting, but there are often options to split tuition into multiple payments instead of paying one lump sum. Rowland Hall offers three payment options for families, including one-, two-, and nine-payment plans.

Look into a Loan

If you qualify for financial aid but need assistance with a portion of tuition, or if you have simply crunched your budget as much as possible and it’s still not balancing, consider applying for a tuition loan, which can help offset any remaining costs outside of your financial aid package.

A tuition loan may also be a good option for families that don’t qualify for financial aid.

Talk to Your Tax Expert

Recent changes to a new tax bill now allow parents to withdraw funds from a 529 account not only for college tuition but also for K–12 private education. Parents can withdraw up to $10,000 per year tax-free for tuition, and Utah residents may also earn a state tax credit for their contributions to the plan. Talk to your tax advisor for more information on 529 college savings plans.

Consider a School Voucher or Tax-Credit Scholarship

If you’re considering admission at a Utah private school, there are two school voucher and tax-credit scholarship options for qualifying families: the Carson Smith Scholarship, launched in 2005, which provides eligible families with vouchers to attend private schools, and Utah’s Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship Program, launched in 2021, which is a tax-credit scholarship for qualifying families.

No matter your financial situation, Rowland Hall is committed to making exceptional education affordable for every family, so be sure to explore every available opportunity.

Investing in Your Child’s Future

When families are considering private education, they are often seeking smaller class sizes, higher academic achievement, and college preparedness.

Placing students in small groups tends to foster close working relationships between teachers and students, thus enhancing learning.

At Rowland Hall, our student-teacher ratio is 10 to 1, and our average class size is 15 students. According to research from the US Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics, placing students in small groups tends to foster close working relationships between teachers and students, thus enhancing learning.

In the same piece of research, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), showed that private school students performed higher than public school students on the NAPE:2000 tests. Additionally, their average scores were above those of public school students on the fourth-grade reading test and on the fourth, eighth-, and twelfth-grade science and mathematics proficiency tests.

Beyond intimate learning conditions and a commitment to academic achievement, our curriculum at Rowland Hall is enriched with experiential, hands-on, and inventive courses, as well as electives spanning everything from music, dance, and debate to robotics and competitive sports.

You Belong at Rowland Hall

At Rowland Hall, we are committed to empowering every student to reach their full potential in an inclusive school community. Since our founding in 1867, we have grown to occupy two urban campuses in Salt Lake City, where we support nearly 1,000 students in preschool through high school who are learning to become deep thinkers ready for a dynamic tomorrow.

Interested in learning more about Rowland Hall? Visit our admission page to contact our Admission Team and to hear from parents who have made the decision to invest in an exceptional education.

Affordability

Independent school Rowland Hall shares what to expect when applying for financial aid for the independent school.

Like other private independent schools, Rowland Hall is independently funded, relying on tuition to offer an exceptional education to the PreK through twelfth-grade students who attend our two Salt Lake City, Utah, campuses.

While tuition is a major source of funding for the school, Rowland Hall believes that an independent education should not be out of reach for families unable to pay the full tuition. As a result, we provide over $2.61 million in financial aid and scholarships to students each year. Rowland Hall financial aid awards are grants, not loans, and do not have to be repaid, and are available to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

At Rowland Hall, we are committed to understanding each family’s individual circumstances to determine financial aid eligibility and appropriate awards. A family should never assume they are not eligible for aid, or that any financial aid examples they may see online are complete; the only sure way to know if you qualify, and how much you qualify for, is to work directly with a school financial aid professional. Rowland Hall Director of Financial Aid Mary Anne Wetzel '01 guides each family through the financial aid journey.

What to Expect When You Apply for Financial Aid at Rowland Hall

1. Explore Rowland Hall, Then Fill Out an Admission Application

Before you apply to Rowland Hall—including for financial aid—it’s important to determine if our school is right for your family. Begin by contacting our Admission Department via the inquiry page. After inquiring, you may also choose to attend an admission event or take a virtual tour to help make your decision.

If your family determines that you’d like to apply to Rowland Hall, please begin or complete an admission application before starting a financial aid application.

2. Prepare Your Financial Documents

Rowland Hall uses School and Student Services (SSS), a document verification service utilized by hundreds of private and independent schools that award financial aid. To ensure the smoothest process in SSS, we recommend that you gather necessary financial documents—including W2s or 1040s, and mortgage interest, banking, and investment statements—before beginning the financial aid application. We also recommend that you review SSS’ Guiding Principles for Families prior to starting the application.

3. Fill Out Your Financial Aid Application

After gathering financial documents, you are ready to begin the application.

  • Create an account in the SSS Family Portal. Keep track of login information, as you will need it to return to the system. (You can fill out an application over multiple sessions.)

  • The application will first ask for basic demographic information to help determine eligibility. After completing these questions, eligible families will pay an application fee of $55, which can be done with a credit or debit card. (A fee waiver may apply in certain situations; please contact the director of financial aid with questions.)

  • After submitting the fee, continue your application. The SSS application is designed for ease of use and offers a robust help system, as well as a support phone number. Families are also welcome to contact Rowland Hall’s Admission Team if SSS is unable to provide an answer.

  • Use the application’s comment area to expand on anything in your application, or to make us aware of other circumstances that may affect your ability to pay.

  • Be sure to upload the tax documents requested by SSS, as your application will not be considered complete without them.


After your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by Rowland Hall’s four-person Financial Aid Committee. Your personal information, as well as any awarded aid, is only shared with this committee and is always kept confidential. If necessary, the director of financial aid may reach out to you with follow-up questions that will help the committee make an informed decision.

Please be aware that financial aid priority for the upcoming school year is given to applications submitted by the admission deadline. The due date for admission and financial aid applications for 2022–2023 is Monday, February 7, 2022; both applications must be fully completed by this date.

4. Review Financial Aid Decision and Follow Up as Requested

All families receive communication regarding Rowland Hall’s financial aid decisions. Contracts and financial award letters for 2022–2023 will be available in Rowland Hall’s admission portal in early March 2022.

If your family receives a financial award letter, you’ll accept that award by signing the provided contract and returning it to Rowland Hall by the required date, along with a non-refundable deposit of 10% of your tuition amount. Receipt of a signed contract and deposit locks in your financial aid package and secures your student’s, or students’, place for the next school year. Families also choose a payment plan at contract signing.

Want more information on Rowland Hall’s financial aid process? Contact Director of Financial Aid Mary Anne Wetzel at maryannewetzel@rowlandhall.org or 801-924-2964 to get started. We also invite you to visit our admission RSVP page if you would like to attend a virtual open house or a small group tour of our Utah independent private school campuses.

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You Belong at Rowland Hall