Affording a St. Andrew's Education

An independent school education is a costly yet beneficial investment, and many families are concerned about their ability to afford such an education. St. Andrew’s understands this concern and is committed to making our program affordable to all qualified students to the extent that our resources allow.

At St. Andrew’s, financial aid is based solely upon demonstrated financial need. To help determine each family’s need, St. Andrew’s subscribes to Clarity for financial aid processing and assessment.

Families should expect to contribute to their child’s educational expenses to the greatest extent they are able, given their economic situation. Financial aid awards vary by grade level and situation and provide families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds access to affording a St. Andrew’s education. Financial aid awards are available only for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Financial Aid Overview

Any current or prospective student (PK through Grade 12) may apply for financial aid, which entails submitting the online aid application and requested financial documents.

Personal tax returns and W-2s will be received directly from the IRS via FORM 4506-C.

Clarity assesses the family's current financial status. Common factors taken into consideration are family income, assets, debts, family size, age of parents, number of children attending tuition-based institutions, home equity, and certain other expenses.

Clarity analyzes the information on the application to estimate what the family can pay toward education expenses. This amount is not binding and does not imply what kind of financial assistance will be given by the school.

The St. Andrew's Financial Aid Committee reviews each student's file carefully and reserves the right to adjust the amount of the recommended family contribution based upon school policy, demand, and supporting documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Why did St. Andrew's choose CLARITY?

    We chose Clarity as our financial aid application provider in order to better serve both our current and prospective families. We are confident that this change is going to make the process of applying for financial aid easier for families. 
  • How does Clarity make it easier for me to apply for aid?

    Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile friendly application that can be completed in as short a time as 30 minutes. Additionally, Clarity removes the need to upload your 2022 W2s and 1040s by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly and efficiently. 
  • Is my information secure?

    St. Andrew's takes the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously.

    We are committed to the principle of anonymity. Individuals who are aware of financial aid recipients include the Financial Aid Committee, Admission Office staff, and certain key administrators who have a specific need to know.

    Clarity is certified for both GDPR and SOC2 and uses enterprise-level security standards including end-to-end encryption of all personally identifiable information. For more information, please refer to Clarity’s Privacy Policy
  • Can I complete my application on my phone or tablet?

    Yes. Clarity’s application is fully mobile-friendly so you have access wherever you are.
  • Will I still need to apply every year?

    Yes, you will need to submit a Clarity application each year in order to qualify for financial aid; however, Clarity retains your information from previous applications, so it will be easier to reapply.
  • Are there additional benefits for financial aid recipients?

    Yes. Auxiliary benefits for financial aid recipients are reviewed periodically and may vary from year to year.  Some additional benefits include free required  textbooks, subsidized bus service and extended care.
  • What additional requirements does St. Andrew's have for financial aid recipients?

    All financial aid recipients must inform the Business Office of $2,000 plus income increases.

    All financial aid recipients must inform the Business Office of outside scholarships and/or grants.

    All financial aid recipients must be current in their payment plan in order to re-enroll for the next academic year.

    Siblings of current financial aid recipients will not be considered for financial aid if the current payment plan(s) are not satisfied.

    A financial aid award for the next academic year will be withdrawn if the student account is not satisfied by May 1st of the current year.

Outside Scholarship Information & Resources

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  • Black Student Fund (BSF)

    (202) 387-1414

    Black Student Fund, in partnership with 44 Washington, DC metropolitan area member independent schools, positions African American students, PK through grade 12, for success through advocacy, leadership development and support programs. Black Student Fund promotes rich, equitable educational environments in which students and adults from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds benefit from regular interaction. (Text provided by BSF.)
  • Latino Student Fund (LSF)

    (202) 244-3438

    The Latino Student Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. They offer educational support programs such as tutoring, college preparation courses, SAT preparation courses, admissions workshops, and merit-based scholarships for Latino students attending their Member Schools. (Text provided by LSF.)
  • Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

    (571) 312-0013;  

    The goal of Emerging Scholars Program is to create future leaders by providing an academic, cultural, and social enrichment program for a diverse group of students who, without preparation and financial assistance, could not consider an independent school education. ESP offers bright boys and girls the opportunity to earn a place in some of the best independent schools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through determination, hard work and commitment participants are prepared to be successful students and leaders in their academic careers and beyond. (Text provided by ESP.)
  • A Better Chance (ABC)

    (610) 992-0995;

    A Better Chance’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Since 1963, this guiding principle has driven A Better Chance to place talented young people of color into the leadership pipeline through increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools. Our signature College Preparatory Schools Program annually recruits and places 500 new Scholars and supports a total of 2000 Scholars at leading college preparatory schools across the country. Over the course of the last 50 years, A Better Chance has been a driving force in the effort to increase educational attainment among youth of color. Our record of success is evident in the more than 13000 Alumni who have become great innovators, thinkers and leaders in their respective fields. Their success is a direct result of the educational access that they received through A Better Chance. (Text provided by ABC.)
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

    Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program

    The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing seventh grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.

Clarity Application

Clarity Support Line

In-App Support: Click the “Help” button in the lower left corner
Phone: 206-210-3752

For questions about financial aid, please contact Vicki Hart at 240-477-1707 or

By the Numbers:

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  • $26,000

    Average Financial Aid Award
  • 1 in 4

    Students receive financial aid
  • $6 Million

    Funding allocated for tuition & fees
    for 2021-2022
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.