Affordable Tuition Program

Procedures
Selection: All admissions decisions are made without regard to the financial circumstances of a candidate’s family. Affordable Tuition grants are made solely on the basis of financial need, as determined by the required financial statement forms, and within the constraints of the financial resources available.

Application: Affordable Tuition grants are made for the school year; families reapply annually, but the school's aim is to maintain the level of support year-to-year unless a significant change in the family's finances calls for an adjustment. Starting on November 1, 2013, you may begin to apply for financial aid for the 2014-15 school year.

Evaluation of Need: Financial need is determined according to the guidelines and formulae established by the School and Students Services for Financial Aid (SSS) a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). All applicants for financial aid – both new and returning families – must fill out the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online. The Affordable Tuition Program uses SSS data as a guide in determining the size of individual grants awarded. Families must also submit December paycheck stubs, 2013 W-2 forms, and 2012 tax returns. If you are a business owner, you will also need to fill out the SSS Business and Farm Statement. Please read the Affordable Tuition Program Instructions for full details.

How to Apply: The PFS Form and SSS Business and Farm Statement are available for online completion beginning November 1 and supporting documents must be submitted to SSS by January 16, 2014* for the school year that begins in September 2014. Late applications will only be considered in the event funds are still available.

Tuition Grants: Notification of the award for returning students is mailed to parents in February and for new applicants in March, along with the admission acceptance letter. Families receiving tuition grants are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.

Please note: Timely submission of the required forms is crucial to the decision process. Late applications or failure to submit required documents or information might jeopardize your chances of receiving aid. Please call the SFWS Business Office at 415-931-2244 if you have any questions.

*Please note this deadline is for high school applicants only. Grade school applicants or families with students on both campuses must submit ATP forms by January 11, 2014.