- Geoff Bird, Director of Financial Aid
- Marian McCorry, Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid
Harvard-Westlake makes every effort to enroll the most talented and deserving 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 and we do our best to help students on aid blend in with their peers. All aid recipients, for example, receive a draw account allowance to help cover cafeteria and other incidental on-campus expenses. Once again this past year, the graduating class voted to dedicate its Senior Class Gift to the Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund.
- For the 2012-13 academic year, a total of over $8 million has been committed to financial aid. This figure represents more than 12% of the school’s entire operating budget. Approximately 290 students, or 18% of the student body, will be served. Tuition grants, awarded for demonstrated need, average $24,000 this year and range from a few thousand dollars to 97% of tuition. Automatic coverage of many school-related expenses raises the total of an average financial aid package to approximately $28,000.
- The financial aid program provides for more than tuition. We also cover other expenses such as textbooks, student fees, and required school supplies (such as graphing calculators). It also covers 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.
- 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. Please take the time to look at the FAQ section of this web site. There are specific criteria you will need to satisfy if you do not apply for aid at the same time as the original admission application to the school.
Important Note: 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 aid students whom 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 already 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, please call Marian McCorry or me in the Financial Aid Office at 818.487.6605. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.
Geoffrey R. Bird
Director of Financial Aid