Financial Aid

As a reflection of our commitment to socioeconomic diversity, Spruce Street School has one of the highest percentages (16-20% of our total tuition) of student financial aid in Seattle-area independent schools. Approximately 30% of our students receive financial aid every year.

Our annual auction and contributions from supporters of Spruce Street School provide resources to our tuition assistance. Financial aid at Spruce Street School is based on need. Spruce Street School uses School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS to determine financial need.

Funding an Independent School Education

Choosing an independent school for your child’s education is a big decision. It is also a costly decision.  We urge families to consider the full cost of attendance as they choose the best school.

Spruce Street School offers two primary ways to help manage educational costs: monthly payments and financial aid.

  • Parents can choose to pay for tuition in one payment, three payments or ten payments. There are no penalties for paying over time.
  • Spruce Street School’s Financial Aid Program has a two-fold purpose: to strive to provide mission-appropriate students an opportunity for a high-quality education which might otherwise be unobtainable for them and to strive to provide to the school a student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix. Spruce Street School has one of the highest percentages (16-20% of our total tuition) of student financial aid in Seattle-area independent schools.

How to Apply

  1. Submit a PFS form (sssbynais.org): one form per family or per separated/divorced spouse.
  2. Upload your 2016 and 2017 tax returns and W–2 forms (through sssbynais.org).
  3. You may write a cover letter explaining any additional financial circumstances the committee should consider.
  4. Submit completed application by February 8, 2018.

Financial Aid Policy

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 2009

Philosophy and Objectives: Spruce Street School’s Financial Aid Program has a two-fold purpose: to strive to provide mission-appropriate students an opportunity for a high-quality education which might otherwise be unobtainable for them and to strive to provide to the school a student body reflecting a broad social and economic mix. We believe that all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay full tuition should be considered for admissions and the Board dedicates specific funds in each year’s budget to support this belief.

Funding Private School Education Spruce Street School recognizes that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s independent school education rests with his or her family. All families are asked to contribute financially to their child’s education in a meaningful way. Intended as a supplement to family resources, Financial Aid awards are made not only to families whose ability to pay school costs is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means who may need only minor subsidy to meet our tuition requirements. Financial Aid at Spruce Street School is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. In no case would a student who does not qualify be awarded aid, nor would a student ever be awarded aid in excess of her or his computed need.

Financial Aid Manual: Please read Spruce Street School’s entire Financial Aid Manual.

Please feel free to contact us at any time financialaid@sprucestreetschool.org