Financial Assistance FAQs

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Lake Tahoe School is committed to enrolling the most talented and deserving students regardless of their financial background, and to maintain a balanced, diverse community of students representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We strive through our generous financial assistance to bring the cost of a Lake Tahoe School education within the reach of any family that wishes to offer their child the benefits they will derive from our intentionally small, increasingly thriving teaching and learning community. For those who demonstrate financial need, we offer a comprehensive program of financial assistance that is unmatched in the Tahoe Basin. While we currently offer no full scholarships, we do offer monthly payment plans that spread tuition payments over a period of ten months in order to make life easier for the many families of children receiving financial assistance who are enrolled at Lake Tahoe School.

WHO RECEIVES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AT LAKE TAHOE SCHOOL?

Approximately 20% of the student body receives financial aid. Tuition grants, awarded for demonstrated need range from a few thousand dollars to a maximum of 85% of tuition. Families from a wide range of income levels have qualified for assistance based on individual family circumstances, and Lake Tahoe School strives to meet the demonstrated need for each student it enrolls.

SHOULD I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR NOT?

Please click HERE to see Lake Tahoe School’s tuition for the current school year. While some independent schools will bill you separately over and above tuition costs for field trips and other incidental costs, at Lake Tahoe School, tuition is considered “all inclusive” covering all costs associated with a Lake Tahoe School education, including course books, our many overnight adventure learning trips, athletic uniforms, etc. The only exceptions are certain “opt in” programs such as our winter Ski and Snowboard program and our Cafe Days. Calculate your ability to cover these costs, factoring in the cost of lunches, transportation to and from school, and other foreseeable costs. If you cannot cover expenses out of income and judicious use of assets, consider your other options. If you are counting on gifts from relatives, it is important to discuss with them whether or not they can maintain that help over the course of your child’s career at Lake Tahoe School. Loans can be difficult to obtain in the current economic climate and drawing heavily on equity is risky.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? 

The financial assistance application process, although separate and distinct, runs concurrently to the admission application process. Visit our How to Apply for Financial Assistance page for more information.

DOES APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE REDUCE THE CHANCES OF AN OFFER OF ADMISSION? 

No. Offers of admission to Lake Tahoe School are made independently of the question of a family’s ability to pay our tuition and are wholly and solely dependent on the strengths of the applicant. The Financial Assistance Committee meets to consider candidates for admission who have been rated highly by our teaching faculty during the admission file reading process. We consider those candidates on the basis of qualities, but also try to distribute our grants across a wide spectrum of families with different levels of need. While there is a sizable assistance budget, in the end there is a finite amount of assistance available.

CAN I SUBMIT A “FULL PAY” APPLICATION NOW AND ASK FOR ASSISTANCE ONCE MY CHILD IS ADMITTED?

The school strongly discourages this approach. If you have indicated on our application for admission that you are not interested in applying for financial assistance, we consider that confirmation of a “full-pay” application. When a family submits a “full-pay” application to Lake Tahoe School, this communicates that the family will be capable of covering all educational costs for the upcoming year and the foreseeable future. The school budgets accordingly and commits its limited financial assistance funds to other families. Although Lake Tahoe School maintains modest emergency funds for families that request assistance subsequent to admission, those funds are strictly reserved for families that encounter dramatic, unforeseeable financial reversals after matriculation. Modest assistance may also be available for families whose income growth has not kept pace with that of tuition and other school expenses. Awards are made based on information provided through SSS and direct conversations with us. It is essential to include all preexisting considerations that might have an impact on one’s financial status, as such conditions will not be taken into account after application for assistance has been made.

HOW IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DETERMINED? 

We seek to help families who have demonstrated need. The Financial Assistance Committee uses the School and Student Services (SSS) as the basis for its determination of what a family is expected to contribute toward educational expenses. The SSS methodology takes into consideration such things as taxable and non-taxable income, assets and investments, and makes allowances for things such as daily living expenses. The formula also considers family size and the number of children attending tuition-charging schools.

WHAT IF PARENTS ARE DIVORCED OR SEPARATED?

We consider that both parents have an obligation to contribute to the extent they can to their children’s educational expenses. We take into account the assets and income of both natural parents. We cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed legally or otherwise any responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, we will consider the income and assets of the step-parent, keeping in mind the obligation of that step-parent to his or her natural children. If either parent lives in a household with another adult, we may consider the assets and income of that person, depending on circumstances. In view of this, both natural parents and their current spouses need to fill out a separate PFS form.

Requests to consider extenuating circumstances, such as a missing parent or one who has not provided support and has not been in contact with the family for a lengthy period, should be explained in writing in a letter to the school Business Manager.

HOW WILL A NON-EARNING PARENT AFFECT THE FINANCIAL AID GRANT? 

Since it is our belief that families bear the primary responsibility for financing the education of their children, it is our policy to expect both parents to contribute financially. If a parent is not working for pay, an additional income will be imputed into the calculation. This policy does not require the parent to work. It only attempts to adjust the level of need by accounting for the income that the parent could earn if he or she chose to work.

Exceptions to this policy may occur if a parent is caring for a child not yet of school age, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent, or grandparent, or if a parent is disabled and cannot work. Each application is evaluated individually. Please inform the Financial Assistance Office in writing of these circumstances at the time of your initial application.

I ALREADY HAVE A FULL-PAY CHILD AT LAKE TAHOE SCHOOL BUT DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PAY FOR A YOUNGER SIBLING

You must apply for assistance at the time the younger sibling applies for admission. The financial assistance application must be for both children, and if the younger child is admitted and you qualify for assistance, equivalent, scaled tuition grants will be made to each child according to the tuition for the grades to which each has applied.

WHAT IF I HAVE CHILDREN AT OTHER TUITON-CHARGING SCHOOLS?

Other K-12 tuitions you pay are figured into our calculations of need, but in order to receive assistance from us you must apply for aid at all schools your children attend. You should note that college tuition money is regarded as an investment rather than an educational expense, in that it rapidly pays for itself in higher income levels. With this in mind, both parents and students frequently take out federally subsidized loans, in addition to the direct assistance that is available at the college level.

WHAT EXPENSES ARE COVERED BY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AT LAKE TAHOE SCHOOL?

While some independent schools will bill you separately over and above tuition costs for field trips and other incidental costs, at Lake Tahoe School, tuition is considered “all inclusive” covering all costs associated with a Lake Tahoe School education, including course books, our many overnight adventure learning trips, athletic uniforms, etc. The only exceptions are certain “opt in” programs such as our winter Ski and Snowboard program and our Cafe Days. These represent the only expenses not covered by financial assistance at Lake Tahoe School.

ARE THERE PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE? 

Payment plans are offered to families receiving financial aid on a case-by-case basis. Requests for payment plans should be made to the school Business Manager.

DOES LAKE TAHOE SCHOOL OFFER MERIT OR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS?

No. We do not give academic, athletic, or other merit scholarships. Financial assistance at Lake Tahoe School is completely need based.

DO I NEED TO REAPPLY FOR ASSISTANCE EACH YEAR? 

Yes. We will ask you to file a new PFS and submit your tax declarations and W-2 and/or 1099 forms each year. The school will continue to award a level of assistance appropriate for your level of demonstrated need until your child graduates.

WHEN WOULD I BE NOTIFIED OF MY AWARD?

Admission at Lake Tahoe School is rolling in classes that still have space. The annual budget for financial assistance is created as part of the tuition-setting process for each academic year. No awards are given prior to the announcement of tuition and distribution of re-enrollment contracts for the following year. The budget for financial assistance is limited, hence everyone is encouraged to apply as early as possible. Individual awards are determined by a small committee that operates in strict confidence. Recipients are informed of decisions following regularly scheduled committee meetings.

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Costeando la Educación en la Escuela Lake Tahoe: Preguntas Frecuentes sobre Ayuda Financiera

La Escuela Lake Tahoe está comprometida a inscribir a los estudiantes más talentosos y con méritos académicos sin importar sus antecedentes financieros, y mantener una comunidad equilibrada y diversa de estudiantes que representen una variedad de orígenes culturales, étnicos y socioeconómicos. Por medio de nuestra ayuda financiera, aspiramos a poner el costo de la educación en la Escuela Lake Tahoe al alcance de cualquier familia que desee ofrecer a su hijo los beneficios que derivarán de nuestra comunidad de enseñanza y aprendizaje intencionalmente pequeña y cada vez más pujante. Para aquellos que demuestren una necesidad financiera, ofrecemos un programa integral de ayuda financiera sin comparación en la Cuenca Tahoe. A pesar de que actualmente no ofrecemos ninguna beca completa, ofrecemos planes de pago mensuales que extiendan los pagos de matriculación sobre un periodo de diez meses para facilitar la vida de las familias de los niños que reciban ayuda financiera, y que estén inscritos en la Escuela Lake Tahoe.

¿QUIÉN RECIBE AYUDA FINANCIERA EN LA ESCUELA LAKE TAHOE?

Aproximadamente el 20% del cuerpo de estudiantes recibe ayuda financiera. Las subvenciones de matrícula adjudicadas para una necesidad demostrada, oscilan desde unos pocos de miles de dólares hasta un máximo del 85% de la matrícula. Las familias de una amplia gama de niveles de ingreso han calificado para ayuda con base en las circunstancias familiares individuales, y la Escuela Lake Tahoe se esfuerza por cumplir la necesidad demostrada para cada estudiante que se inscriba.

 ¿DEBERÍA SOLICITAR AYUDA FINANCIERA O NO?

Por favor, haga clic AQUÍ para consultar la matrícula de la Escuela Lake Tahoe para el año escolar actual. Mientras algunas escuelas independientes le facturarán por separado y por encima de los costos de matrícula por las excursiones y otros costos incidentales, en la Escuela Lake Tahoe, la matricula se considera como “todo incluido”, cubriendo todos los costos asociados con una educación en la Escuela Lake Tahoe, incluyendo libros de texto, nuestros viajes nocturnos de aventura de aprendizaje, uniformes deportivos, etc. Las únicas excepciones son ciertos programas “opcionales”, tales como nuestro programa de invierno de Esquí y Snowboarding, y nuestros Días de Café. Calcule su capacidad para cubrir estos costos, dividiendo el costo de los almuerzos, transporte hacia y desde la escuela, y otros costos previsibles. Si usted no puede cubrir los gastos con sus ingresos u otros medios, considere sus opciones adicionales. Si cuenta con donaciones de familiares, es importante discutir con ellos si pueden o no mantener esa ayuda a lo largo del curso de la carrera de su hijo en la Escuela Lake Tahoe. Los préstamos pueden ser difíciles de obtener en el entorno económico actual y recurrir demasiado a los activos financieros es riesgoso.

¿CÓMO SOLICITO AYUDA FINANCIERA? 

El proceso de solicitud de ayuda financiera, aunque es distinto y por separado, funciona concurrentemente al proceso de solicitud de admisión. Visite nuestra página Cómo Solicitar ayuda financiera para más información.

Matrícula

Matrícula, Tarifas, y Opciones de pago


Al momento de la aceptación en la Escuela Lake Tahoe, se requiere de un depósito de un 10% no reembolsable junto con un Acuerdo de Matrícula y Tarifas debidamente firmado y un Contrato de Inscripción firmado para mantener un cupo para un estudiante. Antes de la clase de asistencia del estudiante en la Escuela Lake Tahoe, debe haberse recibido un Contrato de Inscripción firmado por la Oficina Comercial de la escuela.

Como con la mayoría de las escuelas independientes, la matrícula en la Escuela Lake Tahoe cubre significativamente menos del costo real de la educación de cada niño. Cada año, el apoyo de las contribuciones del Fondo anual de los padres, alumnos y amigos posibilitan una educación LTS para cada uno de nuestros estudiantes.

Los costos de matrícula varían de año a año. Para más información acerca de la matricula más reciente, por favor visite http://www.laketahoeschool.org/admissions/tuition/. Para el año escolar 2016-17, los costos de matrícula son los siguientes:

Tarifas y Matriculación 2016 – 2017

5to Grado hasta 8vo Grado:

US$21.895

Jardín de infantes hasta 4to Grado:

US$20.745

Maternal:

4 años de edad – 5 días US$12.550

3 años de edad – 5 días US$9.350

Por favor, revise el Contrato de Inscripción 2014-2015 para las opciones de planes de pago específicos.

Solicitar Ayuda Financiera

Los padres que soliciten ayuda financiera deben elegir la opción de pago que utilizarán para pagar un saldo pendiente de pago por concepto de matrícula si se efectúa una adjudicación.

Los montos de la Ayuda financiera se basan en el Informe Financiero familiar del SSS (School and Student Service for Financial Aid – Servicio Escolar y Estudiantil para Ayuda Financiera). La adjudicación máxima de ayuda a un beneficiario es del 85% de la matrícula total del año académico aplicable.

El depósito no reembolsable del 10% es requerido a todos los estudiantes, incluyendo a los beneficiarios de ayuda. Sin embargo, no se requiere que los solicitantes de ayuda paguen el depósito hasta que el monto de su adjudicación por ayuda haya sido determinado. Si esto origina una dificultad, por favor póngase en contacto con la Oficina Comercial para hacer los arreglos de pago para el depósito.