Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

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 15, 2018, for current Landon families and February 1, 2019, 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 1, 2019.

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 or email Director of Financial Aid Russ Gagarin at russ_gagarin@landon.net 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.

 

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 Director of Financial Aid Russ Gagarin by email at russ_gagarin@landon.net. Please include your son’s name and rising grade level in your message.

 

Landon introduces Lower and Middle School Heads

Landon is thrilled to announce the hiring of Tara Montague as Landon's next Lower School head and the permanent appointment of Erin Duffy as Middle School head.

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