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Adjustable Tuition Program

Please note: A family's application for an adjusted tuition has no bearing on a child's application for admission to the Friends School.

At San Francisco Friends School, we are committed to engaging our students in experiences, ideas, ways of thinking, and ways of being that are different than their own. Creating a diverse community is critical to providing a rich, challenging educational experience for every student in our school.

One way we create a diverse community is by adjusting our school's tuition to meet the financial circumstances of each of our families. Through the school's Adjustable Tuition Program, each family's individual situation is considered and a tuition is determined in conjunction with the SSS evaluation.

San Francisco Friends School subscribes to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS), a service widely used by independent schools, in order to receive an objective report of each family's financial need. SSS processes the information provided by each family on the Parent Financial Statement, and calculates an estimate of a family's ability to contribute toward tuition.

In the current school year, tuition for individual families ranged from $750 to $30,300. 27% of our students took advantage of this program and had their tuition adjusted to meet the financial realities of their families.

We strongly encourage every family to apply for the Adjustable Tuition Program. Families participating in the program have a wide range of incomes, assets, and individual situations (e.g., multiple children in school, parent out of work, supporting a grandparent.) See examples in the table below to get a sense of the details.

  Family A Family B Family C
# of parents 2 2 2
# of children in private schools 2 3 2
Household income $215,000 $215,000 $121,200
Non-housing net worth (assets-liabilities) $600,000 -$37,000 $34,000
Adjusted tuition (per child) $24,300 $16,250 $7,000






Families need to complete a new application each year. It is the family's responsibility to report any change in their financial circumstances so we can adjust their tuition accordingly. If a family's circumstances are the same from one year to the next, they can expect to have their tuition adjusted to approximately the same percentage each year.

Letters notifying families of their adjusted tuition rate are sent with admission acceptance letters in March.

new families: begin adjustable tuition process



current families: begin adjustable tuition process



Direct questions about Adjustable Tuition to:

Kim Plough
Director of Finance and Operations

415-565-0400 x121

Yvette Bonaparte
Director of Admission

415-565-0400 x136