If we are paying for private high school for our younger children, will colleges recognize this expense and give us more financial aid for our oldest child?
Though a few wealthy private colleges may automatically take siblings in private high school into account in their financial aid calculations, this automatic treatment is rare in the financial aid world.
Applying for Financial Aid When Another Child is in Private High School
The vast majority of colleges do not consider private K-12 tuition when making their financial aid awards, at least not by default. In fact, most colleges would have no way of knowing about private school costs your family is bearing because the FAFSA form does not ask about the private school attendance of siblings. The FAFSA formula considers the number of people in your household and the number of children you have in college, but NOT the number of children you are putting through private high school.