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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Philosophy

We know that an independent school education can be a stretch for many families. Giddens remains committed to a diversity of family income levels. We offer need-based financial aid to enroll qualified students who might not otherwise have access to an independent school education.

Financial Aid Process

A good rule of thumb is: if in doubt, apply. Applications for financial aid are considered separately from a student’s admission application, which means that all admissions decisions are made on a “need-blind” basis. All financial-aid information is kept confidential and is filed separately from student records.

Candidates for financial aid are referred to the Financial Aid Committee to determine the aid award. Financial Aid at Giddens School is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need as well as the school’s capacity to provide support.

Financial Aid awards will be made and families will be notified at the same time they are notified about their admission status. If the amount of financial aid need exceeds what the school can support, some students will be placed in a wait pool for financial aid. In no case will a family’s financial need preclude the school’s consideration of admission.

Giddens School uses recommendations from the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete an application online directly through SSS. Please be sure to list Giddens School as a recipient.

Financial Aid Dates 2018-19

  • Thursday, February 7 - Financial Aid application deadline for new and returning applicant families
  • Friday, March 1 - Financial Aid awards and contracts are released to returning families
  • Friday, March 8 - Financial Aid contracts and enrollment deposits are due for returning families
  • Friday, March 15 - Financial Aid awards and new student admission notifications mailed to families
  • Friday, March 22 - Financial Aid contracts and deposits are due for new applicant families

Included with Financial Aid

In addition to the cost of tuition, your financial aid award will cover at the same rate costs for Day Camps and Summer BLAST Camp. For example, if you receive an 80% reduction in your tuition investment, you will also receive that same percentage off for any of the aforementioned programs. Additionally, Giddens offers full and partial scholarships for all after-school enrichment programs.

Our exceptional extended day program is now included in the cost of tuition!


You are always welcome to contact our Enrollment Department at 206.324.4847 x30.