In choosing The Country School for your child, you have expressed an understanding of the value of a quality independent school education. We realize that tuition costs can present a formidable challenge to many families, and so we offer various payment options and also make tuition assistance available when possible. Currently, approximately 25% of our students receive some form of financial aid.
While the cost of tuition at The Country School is an expense, the value of an Education that Lasts a Lifetime is priceless. Families who feel the cost of attending The Country School is out of their reach should not hesitate to apply for financial aid. In recent years, financial aid awards have ranged between $500 and 60% of tuition.
Financial aid is determined by The Country School Financial Aid Committee with information from Clarity. Clarity analyzes financial data provided by families. We do not offer financial aid awards for PreSchool or PreKindergarten.
We are partnering with Blackbaud Tuition Management for the processing and collection of tuition and fees. Please click here for more information about Blackbaud Tuition Management and frequently asked questions.
Financial aid is based on need and is determined by The Country School Financial Aid Committee with information from Clarity. (Financial aid is not available to PreSchool and PreK applicants.) For more information please visit Clarity or contact the Business Office.
An optional Tuition Refund Plan is available to protect the yearly financial obligation under the terms of the Enrollment Contract. For more information about the Tuition Refund Plan, click here.
Clarity Financial Aid
Clarity is Country School's financial aid application provider. Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile friendly application that can be completed in as short a time as 20 minutes. Additionally, Clarity removes the need to upload your 2022 W2 and 1040 by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly and efficiently.
The Country School's Financial Aid program is designed to make a a Country School education possible for all families based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Country School is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.
To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.
The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is January 3, 2024 for current families and February 1, 2024 for new families.
If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at email@example.com or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.
Just as in prior years, if your financial circumstances have not changed, you will not see significant changes to your award. If you have any questions about your individual circumstance, please reach contact Admission Director Pam Glasser.
You will need to submit a Clarity application each year in order to qualify for financial aid; however, Clarity retains your information from previous applications, so it will be even easier to reapply.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.