Financial Aid Process

Explorer West Middle School is committed to socio-economic diversity. We believe that the financial aid program benefits all students and families – whether or not they are financial aid recipients since we are able to enroll outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds who otherwise would not be able to afford the full cost of tuition.

For information about the 2016-17 Financial Aid Application Process, please download the Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions.

During the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 32% of our families received some form of financial aid, with financial awards of up to nearly the full cost of tuition. Although we cannot afford to give financial aid to all who apply, we encourage all families who may require assistance to apply.

In order to determine if your family is eligible for financial aid, you must submit an application through the national organization, School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). While SSS processes the information, financial aid decisions are made at the school. Apply on-line at: You can access resources from SSS at their website for additional details. If, after reading the information, you have additional questions, please contact Carol LaMotte, Business Manager, at 206-935-0495 for assistance.

Deadlines and Materials

The deadline for sibling financial aid applications is Thursday, December 3, 2015- PFS only. 

The deadline for new student financial aid applications is Thursday, February 4, 2016.

A completed application consists of:

  • Completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) submitted through SSS.
  • A copy of your completed 2015 tax return and all supporting forms sent to the IRS with your return- submitted via SSS.
  • A copy of all W-2’s reported on the tax return- submitted via SSS.

Please note: Families submitting an financial aid application for siblings will only submit the PFS in December (using an estimate of 2015 tax return information) and will submit the supporting documents to the school as soon as they are available in February.