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Tuition FAQs

Why does Bay have a Tuition Assistance program?
The Bay School of San Francisco is committed to equity and inclusion. As part of this commitment, Bay seeks to make its educational resources and opportunities available to all students regardless of their family’s financial profile. Moreover, Bay understands that diversity is essential to a thriving school culture, one where students and teachers truly learn from one another and help each other succeed. Diversity in all of its forms -- including socio-economic diversity-- enables us to deliver on our educational mission.

What is Tuition Assistance?
Tuition Assistance provides need-based financial awards to eligible families in order to cover costs associated with tuition and fees. Need is determined through an application; the application for admission is separate from the application for Tuition Assistance, and applications are considered independently of one another.

Tuition Assistance awards are grants, not loans, and do not need to be repaid. Tuition Assistance is provided to bridge the gap between what families are able to afford and the full cost of tuition.

Who can apply for Tuition Assistance?
First, determine if Bay is the right school for your child. All families can apply for Tuition Assistance. Currently, 30% of Bay families qualify for and receive Tuition Assistance. Bay is committed to maintaining a diverse community of families from a variety of economic backgrounds.
Some families are able to contribute the full amount of tuition while others can contribute a percentage. In 2015-16, Tuition Assistance awards ranged between $5,000 - $42,000, covering 12% - 97% of tuition and fees.

How do families apply for Tuition Assistance?

Applications for Tuition Assistance are managed through the School and Student Services branch of the National Association for Independent Schools. To apply, please visit and submit the following by the posted deadlines:

Returning Families
  • Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by January 13, 2017
  • 2016 federal tax returns by February 13, 2017
New Families
  • Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by January 13, 2017
  • Both 2015 and 2016 federal tax returns, and following documents, by February 13, 2107
  • W-2 or 1099 form, if applicable
  • Last two pay stubs, if applicable
The SSS online application requires a school code to be entered. The code for The Bay School is #3720. The Tuition Assistance process may require applicant families to file their federal taxes earlier than usual. Depending on the family's financial situation, additional tax forms may be required by The Bay School. These may include IRS Forms 1065, 1120 or others.

How is the amount of a Tuition Assistance award determined?
Bay’s Tuition Assistance Committee will review each family's financial profile, including income, major assets, special expenses and education costs - all information provided on the PFS form. An independent third party, the School and Student Services (SSS), calculates what each family may be able to contribute toward their student’s independent school education. This recommendation guides but does not bind, The Bay School of San Francisco in making award decisions. All Tuition Assistance decisions are confidential.

Do all families applying for Tuition Assistance receive awards?
As is the case with most independent schools, Bay is unable to provide every family qualifying for an award with Tuition Assistance; thus it is possible that a student may be accepted for admission yet be placed on the waitlist for Tuition Assistance.

When are applicants notified of their award decision?
Award decisions are provided at the same time as admission notifications. All decisions are mailed via USPS on March 16, 2017, and emailed on March 17, 2017.

If a family receives an award, when and how do they accept the award?
Families who receive a financial award and an offer of admission must notify the Admission Office of their acceptance and return their signed enrollment contracts on or before Wednesday, March 22, 2017, noon. Families declining their awards and offers of admission are asked to notify the Admission Office before March 22 so that funding may be redirected to a family on our waiting list.