Steamboat Mountain School works with 160 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Many families mistakenly believe they do not qualify for tuition assistance; however, there is no specific income level at which a family is no longer eligible for aid. Eligibility is based on many factors, so you should always investigate the possibility of receiving tuition assistance if you feel you cannot pay all of the costs yourself. At SMS 35-40% of students receive some level of tuition assistance. We awarded over 1.1 million dollars for the 2021-2022 school year, supporting students with a wide range of financial needs.

Steamboat Mountain School also depends heavily on the support of our alumni and friends. As the school calls upon its extended family for support in providing tuition assistance, it is our expectation that families applying for tuition assistance will pursue assistance through their extended family or other scholarship funding (through employers, community organizations, etc.) and make reasonable sacrifices to finance the education of their children.

In order to be considered for tuition assistance, the family must simultaneously complete both the admissions process and the Clarity application. The Clarity application opens each year on October 1st. The application is due December 5th, 2023 for returning families and February 16th, 2024 for families new to Steamboat Mountain School. To begin your financial assistance application for the coming school year, please follow these steps:

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 also 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 $60 fee to submit, and 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 those schools. 

The deadline for completing the financial aid application including relevant supplemental documents is December 11, 2023 for returning families and February 15, 2024 for new families.

If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available through the “Help” button in the bottom left of the screen, as well as email and phone support at or 206-210-3752, in both English and Spanish. 

We know that you may have questions about your Clarity Applicaiton. We welcome you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We also invite you to review the FAQs.