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 2017-18 Financial Aid Application Process, please download the 2017-18 Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions
During the 2016-2017 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: www.sssbynais.org. Explorer West’s school code for SSS is 3095. 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.
Fall 2018 Deadlines and Materials
The deadline for sibling early admission financial aid applications is Friday, December 1, 2017- Parent Financial Statement (PFS) only.
The deadline for new student financial aid applications is Thursday, February 8, 2018.
A completed application consists of:
- Completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) submitted through SSS.
- A copy of your completed 2017 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 download the SSS Financial Aid Flyer for step by step directions on submitting and application. SSS provides webinars and other valuable help in the application process, including Spanish language applications. Please visit https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/apply/ for more information.
Please note: Families submitting an financial aid application for siblings will only submit the PFS in December (using an estimate of 2017 tax return information) and will submit the supporting documents to the school as soon as they are available in February.