Tuition Assistance

Central to the mission of The Brandeis School of San Francisco is a commitment to provide outstanding education to a diverse population of qualified students. In order to remain accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds, each year we designate substantial resources for tuition assistance to qualifying families. We are proud of this tradition, which allows us to ensure a dynamic and diverse student population.

We encourage families who have concerns about their ability to afford full tuition to apply for tuition assistance. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees and to support the community to the extent individual family circumstances permit, the school does not expect all families to pay tuition at the highest level.

Please note: determination of tuition assistance is completely separate from the admission process. Families should not hesitate to submit a request for tuition assistance due to this concern.

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  • Tuition Assistance Application Process

    The Brandeis School of San Francisco uses School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), to process tuition assistance applications. Based on the financial information you provide in the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), SSS gives us a recommended amount your family can contribute to educational expenses.

    The Brandeis School uses the SSS by NAIS recommendation, along with a family’s PFS information and tax returns, to make fair and equitable tuition assistance decisions. All financial information you provide will be held in strict confidence. The tuition assistance committee—comprised of the head of school, director of finance and administration, director of admissions, and tuition assistance manager—reviews all tuition assistance applications equitably.
  • SSS Website Link and Information about Required Documents

    • To submit a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online, please go to
      The school code for The Brandeis School of San Francisco is 1789. 

    • Upload a copy of your 2018 federal tax return, including all schedules, W-2s, and 1099s by Thursday, January 2, 2020 (returning families), or by Monday, February 3, 2020 (prospective families). As soon as available, upload a copy of your 2019 W-2s and filed tax return. 

    • If you are part of a partnership or S-Corporation, we ask that you provide your 2018 returns and all K-1s by the applicable deadline, and your 2019 return as soon as the tax documents are filed.

    • Upload IRS Form 4506-T signed and dated by the application deadline.

Important Information

  • For returning Brandeis families, the deadline to submit financial information to SSS is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. 
  • For prospective families, the deadline to submit financial information to SSS is Monday, February 3, 2020.
  • For questions, please contact Director of Finance & Operations David Royal at
All returning families applying for tuition assistance for the 2020–21 school year must have uploaded their FY 2018 tax documents. FY 2019 tax documents must be submitted as soon as they are filed—on or about April 15, 2020. A tuition assistance application cannot be reviewed unless the FY 2018 tax documents have been submitted. It is not necessary to re-submit FY 2017 taxes if they have been filed as part of the prior year's application. When uploading tax documents, please include the tax filing year in the name of the file.

Importantly, tuition determinations are not final until you have submitted tax information for 2019. If the information on your 2019 return differs significantly from your PFS, tuition may be adjusted accordingly.

Notification of tuition determinations will be mailed on the same schedule as admission decision letters—in February and March for returning Brandeis families, and in March for prospective families.

You can submit documents online or by mail. Your application will not be complete until you pay the application fee to SSS NAIS. When submitting documents by mail, be sure to include the Required Documents Cover Sheet from SSS. For assistance, contact the SSS Service Center for Parents at 800-344-8328 or

Scholarship funds partially provided by the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco.
Brandeis admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.