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Tuition Assistance is available for Grandi (3-4 year olds), Grandissimi (4-5 year olds) and Kindergarten - 8th Grade

Tuition Assistance Policy and Guidelines 2017-2018

La Scuola is an independent non-profit school which meets the charitable and educational definitions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax Identification Number: 56-2293184). As such, La Scuola receives no outside funding from state, federal or international sources.

The purpose of La Scuola’s tuition assistance program is to provide financial assistance to families who cannot afford the full cost of the tuition. Diversity enriches the educational opportunity for all families, and participation of a wide range of families is critical to an inclusive school like La Scuola. Tuition assistance is offered on the basis of the demonstrated financial need of the family. Grants are awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program, that provides objective, third-party financial needs assessments and La Scuola’s Tuition Assistance Committee. There are no merit-based awards.

All information from FAST is kept in strict confidence, as is all information relating to a family’s tuition assistance request. Final tuition assistance decisions are based on the recommendations from FAST, the committee’s assessment of an applicants’ needs and the budgeted funds available. Unfortunately, there is always a greater demand for tuition assistance than there are resources. Information reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee and discussions within committee meetings are strictly confidential.

In accordance with equal opportunity standards, tuition assistance awards are made without regard to a student’s race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender identification, sexual identification, family composition, disability or age and in compliance with existing state and federal laws or regulations.

Tuition Assistance Application Process

Please note: The deadline to submit tuition assistance applications for the 2017-2018 school year is now past. To inquire about late applications, please contact Dunja Solari, Director of Admissions at (415) 551-0000.


Families requesting tuition assistance must submit an application online via the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program.

 The application fee is $43

 The applicants’ deadline is February 3, 2017

 The Tax Documents deadline is February 10, 2017

    FAST is easy to use and provides 24/7 help desk support. All information from FAST is kept confidential, as is all information relating to a family’s tuition assistance request. If you have any questions while completing the application process, please call 1-877-326-FAST (3278), FAST’s twenty-four hour call center.

    Please file your 2016 federal and state tax returns early. Tuition assistance awards are tentative until receipt and review of your completed returns by the La Scuola Tuition Assistance Committee. We reserve the right to adjust your award upon review of those returns. If you do not submit all the required documents requested to complete your application, we may withdraw the entire grant.

    Award determination letters are mailed along with enrollment contracts. Tuition assistance dollars are limited and demand is high, so please file your application on time. Please note that tuition assistance applications for new families can only be processed if the student’s admissions application is complete.

    Award Considerations

    In allocating tuition assistance resources the following factors are considered:

      The applicant family’s financial resources and circumstances

     Ability to pay tuition and fees as determined by FAST

     Commitment to independent, international, immersion education

      Adults in the household are fully employed

     Applicant family’s expenses include tuition paid to schools and colleges other than La Scuola

     Diversity

      Full enrollment

     The applicant family’s completed and timely application

    After reading the Financial Aid FAQ, if you have any further questions, please contact Dunja Solari, Director of Admissions at (415) 551-0000.