An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Doug Moon, assistant director of admissions and financial aid

Some leaves are still changing colors while others are blowing in the wind, which means autumn is upon us and the admission season is moving right along. As the season progresses, families may be wondering if they can afford a nearly $35,000 Lakeside tuition. If this amount is a stretch, families are invited to explore Lakeside’s need-based financial aid program.

First, please note that our admissions process is need-blind. In short, we do not make an admission decision based on a family’s financial situation or ability to pay. Nearly one-third of Lakeside students receive financial aid.

Start learning about our financial aid program on the tuition and financial aid webpage. It has financial aid statistics for the current school year, as well as information about fees and other expenses, and our need-analysis policy.

If your family is interested in completing the financial aid application, look at the “How to apply for aid” tab. We provide a step-by-step process to complete the financial aid application using the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Families can access the PFS by going to School and Student Services (SSS). Along with the PFS, additional required documents include:

  • 2018 income statements. This includes W2s, unemployment statements, and Social Security income statements.
  • 2018 IRS Form 1040 and relevant schedules. We also ask that business owners and those in partnerships include a Schedule C, Schedule E, Form 1120, and or K-1.
  • IRS Form 4506-t. Complete lines 1-4 and sign. Do not submit the form to the IRS. Submit to Lakeside.
  • Additional documents may be requested.

The PFS and all additional required documents are due Feb. 7, 2019.

Join us to learn more about our financial aid program at an information session on Jan. 23, 2019. The event is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Kent Evans Auditorium in Allen-Gates Hall on the Upper School campus

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me, Doug Moon (206-440-2762 or, or Tearon Joseph (206-440-2773 or, associate director of admissions and financial aid programs director.