Financial aid guidelines
We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to the American School in London. Although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, we devote significant funds each year to a financial aid budget that helps assist families. In turn, our school community benefits by attracting qualified students who otherwise would not have been able to attend.
In order to assess each family’s financial situation as fairly and consistently as possible, ASL uses the principles and recommendations of the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) in the US. Calculations for financial aid awards consider all aspects of a family’s finances. In addition to income, the School will also look at family assets and expenditure.
A confidential Financial Aid Committee made up of school administrators examines the information provided by the SSS analysis along with other information provided by the family and makes an award based on the demonstrated need of the family and the resources available at the School.
The School anticipates that both parents will participate in contributing to the tuition costs of their children. Except when there are young children not yet of school age at home, the expectation is that both parents in a family will be engaged in full-time employment. The School will impute a wage for a non-working parent. Families who experience temporary loss of employment may be considered for short-term assistance.
In situations where the parents are divorced, separated or never married, the School expects each parent to complete the SSS process, regardless of the arrangements regarding custody.
Support beyond tuition
Financial aid is also available for trips, extracurricular activities, assessments and specialist support, both to families who receive financial aid for tuition and to those who do not normally receive aid. In certain circumstances, financial aid may be available for transportation and lunch.
Trips and extracurricular activities
The ASL experience also includes participation in required activities, which qualify for financial aid; examples include Music Tour for students enrolled in band, choir or orchestra and athletic tournaments for students on school teams. There are also optional activities for which financial aid may be available; examples include honor language trips and global partnerships. The School’s resources are finite and awards for optional activities are at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee. In general, the committee will consider one such request per student per year.
Assessments and specialist support
Financial assistance is available for external assessments or specialist support when it is recommended by the Student Support Team (SST) and approved by the divisional principal.
Families who receive financial aid at 75 percent and above may be eligible to receive aid for transportation for students in K1–Grade 6.
Middle and high school students who receive aid at 75 percent and above may apply for financial aid for lunch.
Families who receive financial aid at 75 percent and above are eligible for additional support for the after-school program in the Lower School. Each student who receives tuition assistance at the required level will be eligible for assistance with one class per term in the after-school program.
Normally, financial aid is not provided for the Summer Program.