Financial Aid FAQs

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    All financial aid applicants must complete the TADS worksheet for financial aid. Families must also submit electronically, by fax, or by mail directly to TADS a complete copy of the previous year's tax return and W-2 forms. Parents who own their own business are required to submit the appropriate business returns as well.
     
  • What kind of financial aid is available from Georgetown Day School?

    Financial aid awards at GDS are in the form of direct grants that require no repayment. Financial aid awards can range from $2,000 to full tuition. The average award is approximately $23,000. 

    Although the School does not offer loans to families, parents may spread their tuition payments throughout the academic year. Detailed information about payment options is available from the Business Office and is included with letters of acceptance.
  • How are financial aid awards determined at GDS?

    GDS financial aid awards are based solely on need, which is defined as the difference between the actual cost of a year’s tuition and what a family can realistically expect to pay toward that cost. GDS does not offer academic, athletic, or other non-need-based scholarships. TADS processes the information you provide on the parents’ financial statement to determine what you can afford to pay for your child’s education. TADS balances income, assets, liabilities, family size, and the number of children you have in schools that charge tuition against taxes and living costs in making its recommendation. GDS uses the TADS recommendation as a guide to determine the School’s award and your family’s contribution.
  • Will applying for financial aid affect my child's chances for admission to GDS?

    Our commitment to admitting qualified students regardless of a family’s economic circumstances means that the Admissions Committee makes its initial decisions without awareness of an applicant’s financial need. Ultimately, our financial aid resources, while generous, are limited—the Financial Aid Committee must make financial aid decisions within the limits of the budget, and the Admissions Committee must then assess final decisions that do take into account our available financial aid resources.
  • When will I be notified about my child's financial aid award?

    For new students, financial aid awards are mailed along with admissions decisions in March. For current students and new current student financial aid applicants whose school accounts are in good standing, awards are mailed in early February.
  • Must I reapply for financial aid each year my child is enrolled at GDS?

    Yes. Because your financial circumstances may change, you must reapply for aid each year. If there is no significant change in your circumstances, you can expect to receive approximately the same level of support (adjusted for tuition increases) from year to year. Returning families who either currently receive aid from the School or are applying for aid for the first time must submit financial aid applications in December.
  • Are financial aid recipients required to work or meet special performance requirements?

    No. Georgetown Day School believes that each student's primary responsibility is to attend school. Financial aid recipients are not required to work. GDS expects all of its students to do their best at all times, both inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • Is financial assistance available to financial aid recipients who require tutoring or educational evaluations?

    Yes. When the School Administration recommends tutoring or an educational evaluation for a financial aid recipient, the student may be entitled to receive assistance, depending on the level of need. In such cases, the family should contact the Director of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid to request financial support.
  • Who determines financial aid awards at GDS?

    Awards are made by the Financial Aid Committee, which consists of three members of the senior administrative staff: the Head of School, the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid, and the Director of Finance and Operations.
  • Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid from GDS?

    If all of your children are in school, GDS generally expects both parents to work outside of the home. However, we do understand that there may be unusual circumstances which make doing so impossible.
  • What happens in cases where parents are separated or divorced?

    GDS expects both parents to supply financial information and to contribute to the cost of their child’s education. Parents who find themselves in unusual circumstances should contact the School’s chief financial officer.
  • If I am divorced and remarry, is my new spouse required to contribute to my child's education?

    In general, yes. Although circumstances may differ from one family to the next, the addition of another adult often alters a family’s financial circumstances. Like most independent schools, GDS considers total family resources in its financial aid calculations.
  • If I decide to attend graduate school while my child is at GDS, will our financial aid award be increased?

    No. GDS assumes that each parent will continue to earn income and contribute to his or her child’s education, even while attending graduate school.
  • If I should suffer an unexpected financial setback during the course of the school year, will GDS adjust my child's financial aid award?

    GDS is committed to its families. Although financial aid funds are limited, the School will do what it can to help families in need.

LOWER/MIDDLE SCHOOL

4530 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007

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4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016


Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum includes hands-on learning, honors and AP classes, as well as advanced-level math and STEM courses. An education is not just college prep and SAT scores. GDS teachers focus on providing the best education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable.