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Sliding Scale Tuition

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

Sliding Scale Tuition Policy and Guidelines 2019-2020

La Scuola International School 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 or federal sources.

The purpose of La Scuola’s Sliding Scale Tuition 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. Sliding scale tuition 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 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 sliding scale request. Final sliding scale tuition 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 sliding scale tuition than there are resources. Information reviewed by the Tuition Committee and discussions within committee meetings are strictly confidential.

In accordance with equal opportunity standards, sliding scale tuition 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.

Sliding Scale Tuition Application Process

Families requesting sliding scale tuition must submit an application online via the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program. The FAST application form is available online.

 The application fee is $45                                                                                         

 The applicants’ deadline is February 3, 2020

 The Tax Documents deadline is February 10, 2020

Applicants for Sliding Scale Tuition need to file their federal and state tax returns early. Sliding scale tuition awards are tentative until receipt and review of your completed returns by the La Scuola Tuition 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. Sliding Scale Tuition dollars are limited and demand is high, so please file your application on time. Please note that applications for sliding scale tuition for new families can only be processed if the student’s admissions application is complete.

Award Considerations

In allocating sliding scale tuition 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


 Full enrollment

 The applicant family’s completed and timely application

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