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Affording Archer

Give Rise To Limitless Girls

At Archer, we understand that your daughter’s education is a significant investment that will reap benefits over her lifetime and serve as the foundation for her success.

We recognize an independent school education may be out of reach for some families, especially in Los Angeles, where the cost of living is among the highest in the nation. We are dedicated to tuition and fee transparency. Tuition includes the Archer transportation network, an Apple laptop loaded with the latest education software, and expedition travel through our school’s outdoor education program. These “big ticket items,” typically add-ons at other schools, are an integral part of your daughter’s education at Archer.

Our Flexible Tuition program is designed to make an Archer education accessible, taking into consideration not only a family’s income but also their comprehensive financial circumstances. Archer strives to distribute tuition assistance broadly; therefore, grants range from approximately 10 to 90 percent of tuition. 

Archer encourages all interested families to apply.

Flexible Tuition


Over the past five years, Archer has awarded more than $20 million through our Flexible Tuition program.

One in five Archer students receives a Flexible Tuition grant.

Tuition & Fees (2023-2024)

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  • Tuition

    Tuition$49,000
    Laptop & Technology$1,400
    Transportation$2,600
    Total$53,000
     
  • Other Estimated Costs

    New Student Fee (One time Only): $3,500
    School Uniforms: $150-$450
    Fitness & Wellness Uniform: $80
    Textbooks: $100-$300

Archer evaluates the following factors to determine a family's financial strength and, therefore, a Flexible Tuition grant.

Income & Assets

Income may include but is not limited to: taxable wages, self-employment income, taxable dividend and/or interest income, alimony received, rent, royalties, proceeds from estates or trusts, unemployment compensation, capital gains, taxable retirement distributions, profits from a business, child support received, and Social Security benefits. 
 
Assets include but are not limited to: real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, investments and any other tangible or intangible assets.

Expenses & Debt

Typical expenses include but are not limited to: rent, mortgage payments, educational expenses, medical and dental expenses, vehicle expenses, food and clothing expenses, meals and entertainment expenses, child support and/or alimony and child care.
 
Typical debt expenses include but are not limited to: student loans, credit card payments, personal loans, business loans and home equity loans.

Non-Working Parent

If all children in a family are over the age of six, it is expected that both parents are employed. If one parent chooses not to work, we input a full-time income at minimum wage ($16.78/hour or $34,902 annually) to that parent for the purposes of calculating Flexible Tuition.

Filing Status

If all children in a family are over the age of six, it is expected that both parents are employed. If one parent chooses not to work, we input a full-time income at minimum wage ($16.78/hour or $34,902 annually) to that parent for the purposes of calculating Flexible Tuition.


Important Dates

For current Archer and applicant families, the deadline to apply is December 11, 2023.

For more detailed information or any questions, please contact Jessica McCullagh at jmccullagh@archer.org.

Clarity Webinar Dates and Registration Links
 

Steps to Apply

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  • 1. Clarity Application

    Archer is partnering with Clarity as our Flexible Tuition application system. Our goal is to make the application process as streamlined and user-friendly as possible. It is mobile-responsive, so you can complete your application on your phone or tablet. 

    Clarity Online Application

    All families interested in applying for a Flexible Tuition grant must complete a Clarity online application. The application must be completed by the application deadline of December 11, 2023.

    If you apply by December 11, 2023, your 2022 Form W2 Wage and Tax Statement and Form 1040 Federal Tax Return will be automatically transferred from the IRS to your Clarity application portal. Therefore, you will no longer need to upload these documents manually.

    Refer to the Clarity Family Information Guide for instructions on how to navigate the online application.

    If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available as well as email support at support@claritytuition.com in both English and Spanish. The application itself is also fully translated into Spanish.
  • 2. Federal and State Income Tax Returns

    In addition to completing the Clarity online application, all families must submit 2022 federal and state income tax returns, W-2s, 1099s, and all schedules including K-1 to Clarity by December 11, 2023.

    If you apply before December 11, 2023, your 2022 Form W2 Wage and Tax Statement and Form 1040 Federal Tax Return will be automatically transferred from the IRS to your Clarity application portal. Therefore, you will no longer need to upload these documents manually. All families must complete this step even if families previously submitted 2022 taxes to Archer.

    All families must submit 2023 federal and state income tax returns, W-2s, 1099s, and all schedules including K-1s to FAST when available but no later than April 15, 2024.
  • 3. IRS Form 4506-C

    Using the information families have submitted in the Clarity online application, the system will pre-fill IRS Form 4506-C. This form authorizes the IRS to automatically transfer 2022 W2s and 1040s to the Clarity application.
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.