Affording a Bay Education

Thanks to our inclusive tuition model, every student receives everything—including a MacBook—that they need to participate fully in The Bay School experience.


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Bay's Inclusive Tuition Model

Bay's tuition is set each year by the Board of Trustees. Our total cost for the 2024–2025 school year has been set at $64,626, of which $3,947 is the inclusive fee. Bay provides $4.7 million per year in flexible tuition grants.

The inclusive fee ensures families that virtually all supplemental costs are accounted for. Including these costs up-front allows families to plan effectively and avoid incurring additional fees after enrollment. For example, every Bay student receives a Mac laptop as well as daily lunch and snacks. This is an uncommon practice among Bay Area independent schools, at many of which families should expect to pay in excess of $5,000 in fees.

Our inclusive fee covers:

  • A MacBook for every student, including educational and office software applications, technical support, maintenance, and repair
  • School-related travel and field trips, including for Immersives, clubs, and student leadership conferences
  • All books and materials, including a scientific calculator
  • Food service, including lunch (soup, salad bar, entree), morning and afternoon snacks, and beverages
  • Any needed ancillary technology, such as tablets
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Immersives and Senior Project costs
  • College test prep

Flexible Tuition

The Bay School of San Francisco is committed to serving students of all economic backgrounds, providing $4.7 million annually in flexible tuition grants. Each family is asked to make a financial contribution toward the cost of a Bay education, but no one should hesitate to apply for admission due to financial reasons.

Application Dates

Applications for flexible tuition are managed through FACTS. To apply, please visit FACTS and submit the following by the posted deadlines:

New families must apply by January 9, 2024. You will need:

  • FACTS application
  • Copies of your 2022 federal tax forms, including all supporting schedules
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security income, government assistance, child support, food stamps, workers' compensation, or TANF if applicable

Returning families must apply by November 30, 2023. You will need:

  • FACTS application (apply here)
  • Copies of your 2022 federal tax forms, including all supporting schedules
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security income, government assistance, child support, food stamps, workers' compensation, or TANF if applicable 

Families who receive flexible tuition grants may be asked to submit their 2023 federal tax return and supporting tax schedules by April 15, 2024. You will log in to the FACTS application using the same credentials as for your tuition payment.

Flexible Tuition FAQs

Bay’s flexible tuition committee will review each family's financial profile, including income, major assets, special expenses, and education costs—all information provided on the FACTS application. FACTS acts as an independent third party to calculate 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 flexible tuition decisions are confidential.

As is the case with most independent schools, Bay is unable to provide every family qualifying for an award with flexible tuition; thus it is possible that a student may be accepted for admission yet be placed on the waitlist for flexible tuition.

Parents/guardians who are divorced or separated must each submit their financial information.

No. Admission decisions are made independently from applications for flexible tuition.

Families are required to apply for flexible tuition each year. flexible tuition awards are need-based and need must be evaluated annually. A change in your family's financial circumstances may cause your award amount to increase or decrease.

Award decisions are provided at the same time as admission notifications. All decisions are released on March 15, 2024, after 4:00 pm.

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 March 21, 2024, at noon. Families declining their awards and offers of admission are asked to notify the Admission Office before March 21 so that funding may be redirected to a family on our waiting list.

If you remain interested in attending Bay with an award, please contact our office immediately to remain on the waiting list. Regular communication with our office during this period is highly encouraged. Likewise, if you plan to enroll elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible.

Bay presumes that families who apply for flexible tuition will not enroll without an award. If your financial circumstances change, and you wish to enroll without an award, you are required to do so before the regular enrollment contract deadline of 12:00 noon, March 21, 2024. Before taking this step, you must contact Amy Gonzales, Director of Admission and Flexible Tuition, at [email protected] or 415-561-5800, ext.171, for more information.