Guidelines & Instructions

  • Need-based financial assistance is available on a very limited need basis to new and returning Baltimore Lab School families who have signed a contract for the coming school year and have paid the required $2,000 deposit.

  • In order for Baltimore Lab School to allocate our limited resources wisely and fairly, Baltimore Lab School will use Independent School Management’s Financial Aid for School Tuition (F.A.S.T) program. ISM’s FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. All information from FAST is kept confidential. Applications are reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee which recommends to the Headmaster the allocation of the financial aid resources for the coming school year. Upon approval by the Headmaster, financial aid offers are sent to families.

  • While no financial aid procedure can be entirely equitable – there are simply too many individual factors and extenuating circumstances – the process that has been established will serve Baltimore Lab School families well.
  • The FAST application is available only electronically and must be completed online. Financial aid procedures, information, and the link to the FAST application are located on the right side of this page.

  • Parents are asked to access the FAST Program website specifically for Baltimore Lab School applicants (click on FAST icon below). Once there, click the Get Started button at the bottom of the first page. All your financial information should be entered directly through the secure server. Space is also provided to fill out additional information that may be pertinent to your application. In addition, a copy of your most recent tax return should be mailed directly to FAST.
  • While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, Baltimore Lab School is committed to making grants available to as many eligible applicants as possible. In an effort to make this process fair to all, Baltimore Lab School considers the following when making award decisions: 

    • The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.
    • Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition. If a parent chooses not to work, Baltimore Lab School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent.
    • In the case of divorce or separation, Baltimore Lab School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. Baltimore Lab School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses.
Taxes and financial aid applications were due to FACTS by March 2017 for new and returning families. Families will be notified of financial aid decisions in early April.

For additional information regarding financial aid, please contact the Admissions Office at 410-735-0058.
Founded by visionary educator Sally L. Smith in 2000, Baltimore Lab School educates bright, motivated children in Grades 1-12 with learning disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, and more. Through our innovative, arts-based curriculum, our students go on to succeed in college and careers.