Financial Aid Process

The process of applying for financial aid is done online through TADS –  Dawson School determines a family’s need for financial aid based on TADS computations, applicable tax returns, and the Financial Aid Committee’s guidelines. Computations at TADS are based on financial estimations for the upcoming year so your most recent tax forms are not necessary to complete the application.

Dawson is proud to allocate over $1.3 million in need-based aid each year to new and returning families.  However, due to limited funds, financial aid is not guaranteed to all qualified applicants.

In order to ensure that the Financial Aid Committee can allocate financial aid in a timely manner, we ask that you follow the timeline below:

October 1

Families may begin financial aid application process online with TADS at

Fill out the Parent Financial Aid Application

January 1 - Spring

When the financial aid process opens in October, TADS will ask families to fill out a financial statement for the tax year.  Because the financial data that families provide is based on estimates, you do not need tax forms to submit.  Upon receipt of all W-2’s, file your income taxes as soon as possible.  Once taxes are filed, you will send all tax documents to TADS, not Dawson. Dawson does not accept hard copies of families’ income taxes.

Once a family’s application is completed by TADS and all forms have been submitted and audited, the Dawson Financial Aid Committee reviews and allocates awards. 

Dawson begins processing and allocating new financial aid applications in February and will allocate financial aid until the budget is exhausted.  As such, available funds decrease over time.

* In the event that financial forms and/or information are missing, families will be contacted by TADS no more than three times.  If after three times information is not obtained your application will be considered incomplete by the Financial Aid Committee.