How To Apply for Tuition Assistance

The University Liggett School Tuition Assistance program is designed to make a University Liggett School education possible for all families. Award decisions are based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. University Liggett School is proud to use the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application which includes 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 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 $55 fee to submit. 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 additional schools.

Please remember to return to your dashboard after you complete and submit your Clarity Application, as University Liggett School may require you to upload additional tax documentation.

The deadline for submitting the financial aid application for the 2024-25 school year, including relevant supplemental documents, is as follows:

Current Liggett Families: December 15, 2023

Early Decision and 9th-Grade Scholarship Applicants: January 19, 2024

(Liggett Merit Scholarship candidates who believe the full cost of tuition is beyond the means of their family should also apply for tuition assistance by the Early Decision deadline.)

New Applicants for All Other Grades: March 1, 2024

(University Liggett School does not offer tuition assistance in prekindergarten.)

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Tuition Assistance Application Deadlines
Current Liggett Families 
December 15, 2023
Early Decision and 9th-Grade Scholarship Applicants
January 19, 2024
Regular Decision All Grades
March 1, 2024
All financial aid and scholarships have been awarded for the upcoming school year. You are welcome to apply, however, if you are qualified, you will be placed in a wait pool for funding.
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Making Extraordinary Affordable

It’s not enough to provide an exceptional education. At University Liggett School, we work hard to make it accessible, with financial support that helps create a diverse and inclusive student body that’s welcoming to all. We strive to make tuition affordable for each family. With the exception of the 9th grade Liggett Merit Scholarship, all tuition assistance is based on a family's demonstrated need.
Beyond your investment - The annual cost of educating one student at University Liggett School exceeds our tuition. Tuition assistance at University Liggett School is available to bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of an independent school education. As a result, our students represent a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, creating a student body diverse in thought and experience who are all on a journey of discovery together. Tuition Assistance funds are finite and are typically exhausted each school year by the February deadline. Applicant families requesting financial aid are encouraged to apply early and adhere to posted deadlines. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Tuition Assistance

What assistance is available?

We strive to make tuition affordable for each family. With the exception of the 9th grade Liggett Merit Scholarship, all tuition assistance is based on demonstrated need. Tuition assistance does not need to be repaid.

Should I apply for tuition assistance?

Possibly. Many families who may not expect to be eligible actually qualify, and even a small reduction can make a critical difference. Your admissions associate can help.

Do you offer athletic scholarships?

No. MHSAA guidelines do not allow schools to award athletic scholarships. However, athletics and other talents may be factored into admission decisions and your family may be eligible for other forms of tuition assistance.

Do I need to apply for aid every year?
Yes. Families receiving tuition assistance must complete a Clarity Application each year in order to qualify for tuition assistance.  However, Clarity retains your information from previous applications, so it will be even easier to reapply.
Do all students who are offered admission receive financial assistance if they qualify?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer assistance to every student who qualifies for admission. Each year, the demand for placement and financial aid exceeds the supply, which means students may be offered admission but wait-pooled for funding.

When students have parents or guardians who do not live together, do both households have to submit financial aid applications?

Yes. Each parent/guardian must submit a Clarity application to be considered. We determine ability to pay by factoring in all available resources from both parents/guardians and step parents, regardless of custody or other legal issues.

Is my family eligible for tuition assistance?

That depends on the calculations determined by the Clarity Application you submit, but a wide range of families do. Assets, family size, unusual medical expenses, the number of children in tuition-charging schools and other factors are all considered. Each situation is unique.

When will we know if we’re eligible for tuition assistance?

Notifications are made with admission decisions.

Is there a fee to apply for tuition assistance?

Yes. There is a fee to apply. Families receiving tuition assistance must complete the Clarity Application and pay the fee each year. 

Who should I call if I have questions about applying for tuition assistance?

Your Admissions Associate can answer questions about the process, policies and deadlines. If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available as well as email support at in both English and Spanish.

Clarity Tuition Assistance Application

We are excited to announce that University Liggett School has chosen Clarity as our tuition assistance application system. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for your family. 

You will find that Clarity offers a streamlined and user-friendly tuition assistance application process that can take as few as 20 minutes to complete. It is mobile-friendly, so you can complete your application on your phone or tablet and, if you apply before the posted deadlines, your 1040 and W2 will be automatically transferred from the IRS, so you will no longer need to upload those documents manually. These are just a few ways in which Clarity enhances the tuition assistance application process.   

 We invite you to review the FAQs below to learn more about Clarity!


Clarity FAQ's

Why did University Liggett School choose Clarity?

We have chosen Clarity as our tuition assistance application in order to better serve both our current and prospective families. We are confident that this change is going to make the process of applying for tuition assistance easier for families.

How does Clarity make it easier for me to apply for tuition assistance?

Clarity offers a streamlined, mobile friendly application that can be completed in as short a time as 20 minutes. Additionally, if you apply before the deadline, Clarity removes the need to upload your W2 and 1040 by transferring them directly from the IRS. This reduces the amount of information that you will need to enter manually and makes it possible to complete the application quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

Is my information secure with Clarity?

University Liggett School takes the privacy and security of your personal information very seriously. Clarity is certified for both GDPR and SOC2 and uses enterprise-level security standards including end-to-end encryption of all personally identifiable information. For more information, please refer to Clarity’s Privacy Policy.

How will this impact my award?
Just as in prior years, if your financial circumstances have not changed, you will not see significant changes to your award. If you have any questions about your individual circumstance, please reach out to us.
Will I still need to apply every year?

Yes, you will need to submit a Clarity application each year in order to qualify for tuition assistance; however, Clarity retains your information from previous applications, so it will be even easier to reapply.

Can I complete my Clarity application on my phone or tablet?

Yes! Clarity’s application is fully mobile-friendly so you have access wherever you are.

Why is there an automated tax pull deadline?

Currently, the IRS is experiencing delays in their automatic processing of tax documents. The Automated Tax Pull Deadline ensures that your tax information will be verified prior to the review process for University Liggett School, so that you do not need to manually upload your 1040’s or W2’s.

When do I need to apply?

You must submit your full completed application by the posted school application deadlines. If you apply before the deadline, your W2s and 1040 will be automatically pulled from the IRS. If you apply after the deadline, you may need to upload your W2s and 1040 manually.

How do I apply?

Apply here. You can learn more by reading the Family Application Guide.

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Tuition Assistance applications are completed in tandem with the admission application. Financial aid awards are communicated with admission decisions. If you have not yet toured or applied to Liggett, we recommend that you complete those steps first. An Admissions Associate is happy to help you with any questions that are not answered by the information provided on this page. 

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Admission Application Deadlines

Friday, January 19, 2024 - Early Decision and 9th Grade scholarship application deadline
Friday, March 1, 2024 - Regular application deadline (all grades)
After March 1, 2024 - Rolling admissions if space is available
Even if you qualify, tuition assistance may not be available after the posted deadlines. Please speak with an Admissions Associate for more information.