Expectations and Our Commitment

McLean School expects parents to give their children’s education a high priority in their financial planning. Some families will need financial assistance no matter how carefully they manage their finances. We support families as best we can in their pursuit to offer a McLean education to their children. All families are expected to pay a portion of their McLean tuition. If you have any questions please contact Director of Enrollment & Financial Assistance, Cathy Patterson.

Policy and Procedure

At McLean, financial need is determined through the careful analysis of a family’s financial resources and the ability to contribute to their child’s education. Awards are determined with the guidance of the objective financial analysis provided by School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS. Final decisions are the sole discretion of the Financial Assistance Committee, recognizing that limited resources may prevent full funding of demonstrated need.

If you are interested in Financial Assistance, please note the following date:

Financial AssistanceFAQs

What is the source of Financial Assistance funds?
Financial Assistance funds are drawn directly from the school’s operating resources and the generous contributions of other members of our community.
Will applying for Financial Assistance influence the Admission decision?
Admission and Financial Assistance decisions are made independently from one another. The Admission Committee makes its decisions without regard to financial matters.
What about confidentiality?
All applications for Financial Assistance are held in the strictest confidence. Only the Financial Assistance Committee members have access to those records submitted.
What does the award cover?
Financial assistance awards defray the cost of tuition and fees.
What if my financial situation changes?
Each year, a family must reapply for Financial Assistance and their individual circumstances will be evaluated by the committee. Assuming a family’s circumstances remain unchanged, every effort will be made to continue supporting that family at a level consistent with the prior year. Family information detailing extenuating circumstances not included on required forms may be forwarded in a letter or email to Cathy Patterson, Director of Enrollment & Financial Assistance.
What are the payment options for families receiving Financial Assistance?
All McLean families who receive Financial Assistance have available to them the same payment options as outlined under Tuition and Fees.