How to Apply for Financial Aid

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Important Dates for Financial Aid Applicants

Clarity App Open for Submissions

September 1, 2023

New Admissions Applicants:
  Clarity Financial Aid Application Deadline February 1, 2024
  Notice of Award March 10, 2024 (with acceptance packet)
Returning Students receiving aid as well those applying for the first time:
  Clarity Financial Aid Application Deadline February 1, 2024
  Notice of Award February 15, 2024 for current returning aid recipients; new aid applicants will be notified as funds are available if they qualify.

The Taft School financial aid program is designed to make a Taft education possible for all families based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Taft is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.

To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.

Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as Taft may require you to upload additional tax documentation.

The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is February 1, 2024.

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.

Make a note:

  • Every current and prospective Taft student is eligible to apply for financial aid; be sure to indicate that you are applying for aid on your application for admission.
  • Current students who have not received assistance in the past should let the Financial Aid Office know that they plan to apply as soon as possible. To be considered for financial assistance, current families who were not awarded aid at the time of enrollment must demonstrate a significant change in financial need after enrollment and may be asked to submit multiple years of past tax documents as well as brokerage and investment account statements. Financial Aid will not be available to families who have preexisting need for tuition assistance and do not apply for aid during their initial admission.

  • Current aid recipients must reapply each academic year.

  • All awards are based on demonstrated need; we do not offer merit-based awards.