Tuition & Financial Aid
$45,800. There’s no way around it - it’s a lot of money for most people. If you are feeling anxious, please keep reading as we think we can help. We’re hoping you’ll walk with us, step by step, so we can show you how your family might be able to afford a Marlborough education. If something isn’t clear, ask questions. We want to hear from you. As much as we can, we want to keep this process from becoming overwhelming.
Here’s the most important thing we want you to understand - Marlborough wants, and is committed to, having a diverse community that reflects greater Los Angeles. It means having a community that represents different races, ethnicities, zip codes, religions, family structures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The best academic institutions are heterogeneous, not homogeneous. We value you and what you bring to our community because diverse communities inspire creativity and drive innovation. It’s also why the most successful schools have endowments and budgets that fund financial aid.
We’re guessing that you’re asking, “How many students receive money?” and “Should I apply?”
Currently one in five Marlborough students receives financial assistance. The awards range from 5%-100%, and along with tuition, covers most school expenses such as books, school trips, bus transportation, college counseling workshops, laptops, extracurricular activities and more. The average award for the 2021-2022 academic year is $30,686, which covers close to 70% of a student’s tuition and educational expenses.
As you can see from the chart below, the distribution of financial aid has every band represented.
While applying takes time and asks that you share your family's financial information, we think your child is worth the effort. And remember, we're here to help.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Marlborough uses the School and Student Services (SSS) to evaluate and process financial aid applications. The application for 2022-2023 will be available online in October 2021. Based on the information you provide to SSS—your Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and supplemental documents—SSS calculates an estimated amount your family can contribute toward educational expenses. Information includes your assets and living expenses, and takes into account individual family situations and budgets. There is a space in the application to elaborate on any situation you feel the committee needs to know. Every financial aid application is then reviewed by the school's Financial Aid Committee with a thoughtful eye to each family’s individual circumstances while also prioritizing equity across our community.
Important Note: Because admissions decisions will be released in early March before many families complete their tax forms, we make preliminary financial aid awards prior to receiving your 2021 Federal Income Tax forms. Awards are contingent upon the verification of the tax returns and subject to change and/or may be revoked should the 2021 Federal Income Tax forms differ from the information provided on the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS.
- Who is eligible for financial aid?
- How does applying for financial aid affect a student’s admissions decision?
- Does Marlborough offer academic scholarships? Athletic scholarships?
- On what factors is a family’s financial aid award determined?
- What if parents are divorced or separated or never married?
- Is there an expectation that both parents work?
- Can I submit an admissions application as a “full-pay family” and then apply for assistance after my daughter has been admitted?
- What expenses are covered by financial aid at Marlborough?
- Do I need to reapply for aid each year?
- When will I be notified of my award?
- Does Marlborough offer payment plans for tuition?