Seattle Academy values an inclusive, economically diverse community and is committed to making the SAAS education accessible to as many families as possible. Over 23% of our families receive financial aid for tuition each year. Financial assistance is available for tuition costs as well as transportation, lunch, trips, and additional school-related costs as all of those are part of the SAAS student experience.
Tuition is determined annually by the Board of Trustees.
Tuition for the 2018-19 school year*
$34,236 for grades 6-8
$35,364 for grades 9-12
*Please note that a $1,000 deposit is due at the time of enrollment to secure your student’s space, and will be credited toward the total tuition amount. The deposit amount may vary for families receiving tuition assistance. Please see Important Dates for associated deadlines.
As part of our commitment to making the full Seattle Academy experience accessible to every student and applicant, we’ve implemented the following policies:
The SAAS Community Chest Fund was established for students in need of additional support to participate in school-related activities not covered by tuition and fees or existing financial aid awards. All requests are handled confidentially and with sensitivity.
Application fee waivers and waivers for the ISEE and SSAT are available for SAAS applicants through the Admission Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: SSS has established new fee waiver guidelines according to family income and will not charge a fee for qualified filers. Families who do not qualify for a waiver and would like assistance to cover the fee may request a waiver from SAAS. To request a need-based waiver for any required component of our application process, please email email@example.com.
Financial aid is awarded on need-based versus achievement-based criteria using the following guidelines:
- All families requesting financial aid must submit documentation of financial need through the completion of the application process.
- We evaluate the information provided by SSS on a family’s ability to pay and rely heavily on the input provided directly from the family when making grant decisions.
- We prioritize returning families who are currently receiving financial aid. All families must contribute some portion of tuition and educational expenses.
The financial aid application is separate from the admission application and can be found through the School and Student Services (SSS) website.
Seattle Academy utilizes the services of School and Student Services (SSS) , which provides a need-based financial aid analysis for independent schools. The SSS site will open to receive financial aid applications on October 1, 2018. Seattle Academy requires a completed application and all supporting documentation by February 7, 2019.
Please note: SSS has established new fee waiver guidelines according to family income and will not charge a fee for qualified filers. Families outside the range of SSS by NAIS's "free filing status" who would like assistance to cover the fee may request a fee waiver from SAAS. To request a need-based waiver for any required component of our application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply:
The financial aid application process is completed online, a process which consists of a Parent/Guardian Financial Statement (PFS) and the most recently filed Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 from both parents/guardians.
To complete the process on-line, log on to the SSS website, at sss.nais.org, and simply follow the instructions.
Please do not send tax documents directly to Seattle Academy; the school accesses the information from SSS.
Seattle Academy’s code is 7243.
Please become as informed as possible regarding the financial aid process and observe all deadlines. The FAQ section includes more detailed information about the financial aid process
The deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year is February 7th, 2019.
Current families wanting to be considered for financial aid for a returning student must re-apply through School and Student Services (SSS) by January 15, 2019. Detailed information for current SAAS families included below.
Families are required to re-apply for financial aid every year. Current families wanting to be considered for financial aid for a returning student must re-apply through School and Student Services (SSS) by January 15, 2019. The re-application process is the same as the overview provided above.
NOT CURRENTLY RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID AT SAAS?
Returning families who are NOT receiving financial aid this school year but want to apply for the coming school year should do the following:
- Complete the SSS application process as described above. The same deadline applies for all returning families.
- Notify Lori Metcalf directly at email@example.com, so that the Financial Aid Committee is aware of your aid application in the SSS System.