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Understanding Independent School Financial Aid

The Alexander Dawson School believes an exemplary educational experience is invaluable, and we are committed to partnering with as many of our families as possible. We encourage any family who feels that our full tuition is out of reach to learn more about our financial aid program. 

As Dawson’s Diversity Statement declares, everyone benefits from a diverse student population and, in addition to our community’s unique backgrounds and cultures, we welcome students from a variety of economic circumstances. Many Dawson families make significant sacrifices in order to pay the entire cost of a Dawson tuition or to pay a fair share in combination with a financial aid grant. In the 2018-19 academic year, Dawson distributed $1.3 million in need-based financial aid to 22 percent of our students. 

All financial assistance at Dawson is based on need: the difference between the family's resources and the child's total educational expenses.

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees

Early Childhood, Half Day
$13,380
Early Childhood, Full Day
$17,730
Kindergarten
$25,440
First
$25,440
Second
$25,440
Third
$25,440
Fourth
$25,440
Fifth
$26,260
Sixth
$26,260
Seventh
$26,260
Eighth
$26,260
 
*Tuition includes lunch, activities, books, and basic classroom supplies (lunch is not included for half-day Early Childhood students).

Guidelines & FAQs

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  • Dawson's Financial Aid Guidelines

    Need-based financial aid
    Financial aid grants are based solely upon a family’s need as determined by the School’s Financial Aid Committee. 

    Separated, divorced or never-married parents
    Dawson believes each natural parent has a responsibility to pay for the education of their child(ren). In the event a student’s parents are separated, divorced or never married, Dawson requires that each parent complete a financial aid application. The Financial Aid Committee does not feel bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses. Please note: Parents can be assured that all financial information received from one parent will not be shared with the other. 

    Additional children
    Dawson’s Financial Aid Committee, in coordination with FACTS, does take into account other children attending tuition-charging schools, including college; Dawson expects that a family with children attending other tuition-charging schools will also apply for financial assistance at those schools. The Financial Aid Committee believes that, in general, no consideration of financial assistance should be given to students whose parents pay full tuition for siblings at other institutions.

    Parents who have no contact with their child(ren)
    In instances where one parent is the sole provider and receives no other financial support, it is expected that a third party provide written documentation to that fact.

    Lifestyle choices
    Dawson’s financial aid program does take certain lifestyle choices into account before offering tuition assistance (i.e., second homes, boats, luxury cars, country club memberships, vacations, parental higher education, etc.). The Financial Aid Committee is unable to provide financial assistance to subsidize lifestyle choices. The Financial Aid Committee may contact you for more detailed information to ensure it has complete understanding of your family’s financial situation.

    Parents who do not work
    The Financial Aid Committee respects the value of having a parent at home full-time with infants, toddlers, and the elderly or infirmed. In a case where all other children are in school, it is expected that the non-working parent become employed to be considered for financial assistance. If not, the Financial Aid Committee will impute an appropriate salary in its considerations.

    Retirement and college accounts
    Our process acknowledges a family’s need to save for retirement and/or college within reason, but excessive assets may impact the Financial Aid Committee’s decision to award assistance.

    Additional information about applying for financial aid through FACTS can be found here:
  • Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

    How does The Alexander Dawson School determine financial aid?
    The Alexander Dawson School and its accrediting body, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), work within defined principles of good practice. From these principles, independent schools are given latitude as to what guidelines inform and determine financial aid decisions. Dawson has established specific financial aid guidelines that keep family contributions equitable and consistent. Evaluating need: Many aspects of a family's financial situation are considered, including:
    - the incomes of both parents (taxable and non-taxable)
    - the assets held by the family as a unit
    - the number of dependents
    - the number of children attending tuition-charging schools

    Does The Alexander Dawson School give academic, artistic, or athletic scholarships?
    No. All financial aid grants are based solely upon a family’s demonstrated financial need.

    What fees, after tuition, can I expect to pay?
    Tuition does not include the cost of uniforms, before or after-school care, enrichment classes, etc. A student receiving financial aid from the School will receive an award of the same percentage amount toward the overall cost of our Middle School traveling field trips.  

    What if my 2019 tax return is not available by the deadline?
    The Alexander Dawson School will use prior-year tax returns, like many colleges and other independent schools. You are required to submit your 2019 tax return by April 30, 2020. If your 2019 tax return is not available by this deadline, The Alexander Dawson School cannot offer financial aid for the 2020/2021 school year. All awards are subject to change pending 2019 tax verification. 

    Do I need to repay financial aid?
    No. All financial aid funds distributed by The Alexander Dawson School are provided as grants and thus, are not repaid.

    What is used to determine if I will qualify for financial aid? 
    FACTS’s financial aid application provides the School with a calculation to determine how much a family can afford to pay in tuition. Many aspects of a family's financial situation are considered, including:
    - the incomes of both parents (taxable and non-taxable)
    - the assets held by the family as a unit
    - the number of dependents
    - the number of children attending tuition-charging schools

    Do I need to re-apply for financial aid every year? 
    Families must submit a new financial aid application, tax return, and all pertinent schedules and forms each year. If your income has not significantly changed, your award will remain comparable. However, it is expected that families are responsible for annual tuition increases as dictated by The Alexander Dawson School’s Board of Trustees.

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student wellbeing and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners. 
Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.