Tuition & Financial Aid

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2017–18 Tuition

Lower School (Grades 3-5) $37,780
Middle and Upper School (Grades 6-12) $40,250
Financial aid 2017-18 $3.95 million
Students receiving financial aid 23 percent
Average grant $25,215

Landon School tuition includes lunch in the dining hall every day. Tuition does not include costs for some field trips, and all books, supplies, snacks or athletic equipment charged at the School Store. If your student plays an instrument (excluding handbells) at Landon, he is required to take private lessons after school at an additional cost. Other fees may apply for sports equipment and apparel.

Landon School reserves the right to change the tuition fees listed here prior to the opening of any school year. However, every effort will be made to give ample advance notice of such change.

Affording Landon


FINANCIAL AID AT LANDON

How do I apply for financial aid?

To start the financial aid process, please visit the Family Portal at the School and Student Services (SSS) here then follow these 3 steps:

1.Please submit your Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by the appropriate deadline: December 20 for current Landon families and February 15 for families new to Landon. By signing the PFS electronically, you are indicating you have filled it out with the best available knowledge, and you agree to inform Landon of any changes to your financial situation. If you fail to do so, it could jeopardize your student's financial aid grant at any point during the process. The preliminary financial aid grants may be changed once the file is complete and all required documents are submitted.

2. Please upload to the Family Portal your W-2s, 1099s, 4506-T, and most recent tax return (if applying for Landon financial aid for the first time) by February 15.

3. Please upload to the Family Portal the just-completed income tax return for the previous year, including all schedules, and forms. (W-2s and 1099s should have already been sent to SSS.) by March 1.

Landon School may request additional financial information from you at any time, and we look forward to working with you during the process. Please call 1-800-344-8328 with questions about your PFS or about SSS. Please call Landon's Admissions office at 301-320-1067 with questions specific to our school.

What kind of financial aid do you offer and when do I apply?

Our school offers two types of financial aid: need-based and merit scholarship. “Financial need” is generally defined as the difference between what it costs a student to attend our school and what his family can afford to pay. There is no “income cutoff” or other simple method to determine whether a family will qualify for need-based aid. Landon encourages you to begin the admissions application process and apply for financial aid at the same time.

Do you offer merit scholarships?

Yes. Please click here to learn more about our merit scholarships.

If I apply for financial aid, will that impact the school's decision to accept my son?

No. The Admissions Committee is not aware of who is applying for financial aid. And financial aid decisions are made after a student has been admitted. Landon School fully supports all anti-discrimination laws and does not engage in any unlawful discrimination.


What is the range of aid given to families?

Landon's financial aid awards range from a small percent of tuition to almost full tuition, depending on the proven need of individual students. All families will pay some tuition. Please see the chart above for the breakdown in how we award financial aid based on gross household income.

What costs does financial aid cover?

The financial aid award covers the cost of tuition. The award does not cover supplies or books (which students purchase separately online). Landon does help with other costs beyond tuition for financial aid recipients, such as required field trips, instrumental music lessons and Landon-sponsored bus transportation. These costs are reduced in proportion to the tuition covered by financial aid.

Is there a financial aid waiting list?

Yes. Landon has more students who qualify for financial aid than the school is able to fund. The school maintains a financial aid waiting list in the event funds become available.

Do I have to reapply each year for financial aid?

Yes. Each student's need is recalculated annually, so you required to submit the PFS along with the other required documents each year for review by the Financial Aid Committee.

If only one parent works outside the home, will my son be considered for financial aid?

We recognize that you have the freedom to make choices regarding your financial status. If only one parent works outside of the home, the Financial Aid Committee will add to the income of the family per school policy. An exception to this policy might occur if the parent at home is caring for a preschool-aged child, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent or grandparent, or if there are other special circumstances. You should present these possible exceptions at the end of the PFS before submitting the form.

If I am single, divorced, or no longer living with my son's other parent, what information will the Financial Aid Committee require in order to determine an award?

We believe that all parents have an obligation to contribute to the expense of educating their children. Assets and incomes of all natural and adoptive parents will be considered in making a financial aid award. All parents and guardians must complete the PFS and submit the required documents in order for the school to gain a realistic picture of family resources. The Financial Aid Committee will not be bound by a claim that one parent is not responsible for educational expenses.

If the custodial parent has not heard from the non-custodial parent for a period of time to be determined by the Financial Aid Committee or the involvement of the non-custodial parent is not in the best interest of the student, the above requirements may be waived. A letter of explanation and verification from a third party such as a minister, attorney or social worker will be required.

If either parent has re-married, we will consider the assets and earnings potential of the step-parent in conjunction with the natural parent and keep in mind the step-parent’s responsibility to his or her own children.

If my son lives with his guardians, what information will the Financial Aid Committee require?

Children who live with guardians will be reviewed on an individual basis. If the parents are still alive and claim their son on their tax return, the parents and, possibly, the guardians must complete the PFS and submit the required documents. If other family members have custody, they must also complete the PFS and submit required documents. The Financial Aid Committee may require proof of custody.

If we cannot pay the family contribution noted in the award letter, is there an appeal process?

If a family has new information which was not included in the PFS, the parents should include that new information in a letter to the Financial Aid Committee via the SSS Portal or by email to the Director of Financial Aid, Russ Gagarin.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

Please contact Russ Gagarin, Director of Financial Aid, preferably via e-mail Russ_Gagarin@landon.net or at 301-320-1070. Please include your son’s name and rising grade level in your message.

MAGUIRE ETHICS SCHOLARSHIP

Landon offers several merit-based scholarships of $10,000 annually to students entering Form III (Grade 9) who demonstrate ethics, truthfulness and character. These Maguire Ethics Scholarships will be available to both applicants and current students in Form II (Grade 8) and can be renewed on an annual basis for each year that the recipient is enrolled at Landon. Renewal is contingent upon the student remaining in good ethical, social and academic standing at the school. LEARN MORE

10 Helpful Hints from Financial Aid Director Russ Gagarin

1. Please note deadlines so that grants are not delayed or forfeited.

2. You only have to complete one Parent Financial Statement (PFS), even if you have several children applying for aid at Landon and/or other schools that uses School & Student Services (SSS). Landon’s code number is 4504.

3. Fill in whole dollar amounts only.

4. Use good-faith estimates for items where you may not know the exact number.

5. Do not wait to complete your tax return to complete your PFS.

6. Some items require a brief explanation or itemization, so please provide the detail in the spaces provided.

7. Families can track which required documents are due and when through the SSS Family Portal.

8. Keep track of your SSS login and passwords, as you will use this information to see your PFS and in future years.

9. Many families find that referencing last year’s form is helpful in filling out this year’s form, so be sure to print a copy of your PFS for future reference.

10. Any additional information or special circumstances a family would like to make known can be done through an email to Russ Gagarin at russ_gagarin@landon.net

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