How to Apply for Financial Aid

The process of applying for financial aid at Thacher runs concurrently to the admission process, with slightly different deadlines.

Between September and January

Indicate your interest in learning about the aid process by contacting our office and/or checking the box on the Candidate Profile section of the Gateway to Prep Schools application.

February 15, 2024 Submission Deadline

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, Thacher will be using the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information shared in the application, including assets, income, expenses, and debts. 

To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools. 

For families requiring a fee waiver, Clarity’s formula automatically applies a waiver if your family qualifies. Qualifying families will simply bypass the payment screen when their application is complete. If you do not qualify for an automatic waiver but feel the fee presents a burden, please reach out to our office. 

Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as Thacher requires you to upload additional tax documentation including your 2023 Federal Income taxes.   
The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is February 15, 2024.  

The deadline for completing the financial aid application as a new applicant to the School, including relevant supplemental documents, is February 15, 2024. For returning families the deadline is April 1. Currently enrolled families who do not receive financial aid from the school but wish to apply for the first time should reach out to Kim Bastian, the Director of Financial Aid. 

This link provides helpful information on the Clarity application process:
If you need additional support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish. 
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