Here is how Andover explains its need blind admission policy:
1. "Andover … extend[s] its resources to offer admission to every qualified young person regardless of their families’ ability to pay the cost of an Andover education and we are proud to say that we meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need. Andover’s commitment to 'youth from every quarter' is truly representative of its historic effort to provide a world-class education to the leaders of tomorrow regardless of their families’ economic circumstances."
2. "The reason we broadcast that Andover will support 100% of a family’s demonstrated need is to help families understand that Andover does not engage in a common financial aid practice known as “gapping.” Most NAIS member schools “gap” their financial aid awards by not fully funding the level of financial need demonstrated through the financial aid process. Many schools attempt to stretch their financial aid budgets by allocating smaller grants to more students, which restricts some families' ability to return year after year in the wake of partial funding. Also, the practice of gapping creates more pressure on the school to consider those who can afford to pay more, over those who can pay less, making ability to pay a partial factor in the enrollment decision."
3. "Andover awards financial aid scholarship grants based upon demonstrated financial need … We evaluate the financial need of each family based on the total cost of attendance rather than on tuition alone."
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