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Tuition & Financial Aid

TLS prioritizes making its program accessible to a diverse and vibrant community of learners. We know for you as families that investing in your child’s early education supports the development of foundational learning habits that last a lifetime. Since we seek to create a learning community that reflects the makeup of our area, socially, culturally and economically, the school has made a commitment to ensuring a TLS education is more affordable.  

The school invites you to apply for financial aid alongside your application for admission. Admission decisions are made by the faculty and administration. Once decisions are made, our Financial Aid Team reviews requests and makes award decisions. This way, family finances are kept confidential. Learn how to apply for financial aid below

The Little School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or family composition in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, hiring or any other school-administered programs.

Tuition Rates and Fees for the 2022-23 School Year

Application Fee (Non-refundable): $75

Tuition for Full-day Program: $29,400

Tuition for Half-day Program: $17,600 (preschool and prekindergarten only)

Tuition First Installment (Non-refundable): 10% of tuition

Tuition Refund Insurance (optional): $940.80 (full day) / $563.20 (half day)

A Typical Financial Year at The Little School

  • Tuition: Tuition can be paid in one, three or nine installments. Tuition generally increases between 4-6% each year. 

  • Annual Fund: Gifts range from $10 to more than $10,000 and go to cover the difference between tuition and actual cost of funding a TLS education. The difference is approximately $3,000 per student, but families are encouraged to give an amount that is commensurate with their comfort. Each gift, regardless of size, sends the message that you support the faculty, staff and programs of The Little School. 

  • Extended Day/Enrichment Program/Break Camp: Costs vary based on usage. 

  • Additional Costs: Individual and class pictures, classroom gifts and class auction project support can be expected for all families. 

Please call Regan Wensnahan, director of enrollment management, at 425-827-8708 for more information. 

Financial Aid

At The Little School, we are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming community of families and students. We want a TLS education to be an affordable option for as many of our mission-aligned families as possible.

Financial aid grants are awarded based on an independent assessment of each family’s circumstances, the total pool of financial aid applications and the availability of financial assistance funds. Family financial assistance information is held in strict confidence and is reviewed and awarded independently of the admissions process.

School Year 2022-2023
Financial Aid Budget $787,665
Average Award $21,443

 

We use the Clarity online application system for financial aid applications. Clarity reviews financial information directly from your tax returns and makes recommendations to the school about financial aid awards.

The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is mobile-friendly, and you can save your progress and return at any time.

At the end of the application, there is a $55 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.

Please create an account and enter The Little School’s code: 1959

We encourage all families to review the two documents below for questions when completing your application.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Clarity Family Application Guide, access the in-app support or email Clarity directly at support@claritytuition.com.

Included with your Financial Aid Award

In addition to the cost of tuition, your financial aid award will cover at the same rate costs for Extended Day, Break Camps, afterschool Enrichment Classes and Summer Camp at TLS. For example, if you receive an 80% financial aid award on your tuition, you will also receive that same percentage off for any of these additional programs. All financial aid families also receive a fixed discount if they choose to purchase hot lunch.