- Melanie Leon, Director of Financial Aid
- Marian McCorry, Associate Director of Financial Aid
Harvard-Westlake makes every effort to enroll the most talented, deserving, and diverse student body in the Los Angeles area. However, we realize that the cost of tuition is well beyond the reach of many families. For them, we offer a comprehensive program of financial aid that is unmatched in Southern California. Here is some basic information about our program:
- Harvard-Westlake is a welcoming and comfortable environment for students and families of diverse socio-economic levels. All information about who receives aid is strictly confidential.
- For the 2014-15 academic year, a total of almost $9 million has been committed to financial aid. This figure represents more than 13% of the school’s entire operating budget. Approximately 18% of the student body receives financial aid. Tuition grants, awarded for demonstrated need, average $25,000 this year and range from a few thousand dollars to 99% of tuition. Families from a wide range of income levels have qualified for assistance based on individual family circumstances, and Harvard-Westlake strives to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated need for each student it enrolls.
- The financial aid program provides for more than just tuition. It also covers other expenses such as textbooks, student fees, required school supplies, and any necessary expenses incurred for official school activities, from basic equipment for a sport or an art class to transportation expenses for a required team or class trip. Finally, each financial aid student receives a personal draw account for discretionary items such as cafeteria food, Harvard-Westlake clothing purchases, and tickets to games, performances, and dances. Total additional yearly aid per student exceeds $3,000. Automatic coverage of many school-related expenses raises the total of an average financial aid package to approximately $28,000
- Financial Aid at Harvard-Westlake is completely need-based. We do not give merit scholarships or athletic scholarships to students whose families can afford tuition. Instead, we seek to help families who have demonstrated need.
- Now is the time to decide whether or not to apply for aid, not after your child is admitted. Because of our program’s scope, it is budgeted on a multi-year basis with careful consideration given each spring to the number of new students needing aid that we can afford to accept. Although we do maintain sufficient contingency funds to assist full-pay families who experience significant adverse changes in circumstance once at Harvard-Westlake, we rely upon families of new applicants to disclose potential financial need at the time of original application to the school. Families that do not do so will not be eligible for aid consideration later, unless they can demonstrate major, post-admission reversals.
If you have any questions, contact Melanie León or Marian McCorry in the Financial Aid Office at 818.487.6605. Also, please visit the financial aid FAQ section of this website.