Financial Aid Information


Explorer West Middle School believes in the importance of building and sustaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse community. This includes socioeconomic diversity within our student and family population. We believe that our robust financial aid program benefits all students and families. Because we are able to enroll students from diverse backgrounds, Explorer West can offer a powerful educational experience where multiple perspectives are shared and honored.

In addition to tuition assistance, Explorer West also supports students by providing outdoor education gear, music instruments, athletic and enrichment programs, and financial assistance for the eighth grade Rome trip. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, approximately 32% of our families received financial aid, with awards ranging from $2,000 to the full cost of tuition. Although we cannot make awards to all applicants, we encourage all families who may require assistance to complete the financial aid application, which is available through School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). SSS processes the information, and Explorer West’s Financial Aid Committee makes the final decision.

Explorer West's school code for SSS is 3095.

2021 Financial Aid Presentation

Please watch this presentation from Dawn Fornear, Director of Admissions, and Carol LaMotte, Director of Finance and Operations, about our process and how financial aid enriches our community!


If you have additional questions, please contact Carol LaMotte, Explorer West's Director of Finance and Operations, at (206) 935-0495 or  for assistance.

Visit our Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions for further information. SSS provides webinars and other valuable help in the application process, including Spanish language applications.