Indexed Tuition FAQs
- Why did San Domenico change to an Indexed Tuition model?
- Will applying for Indexed Tuition affect my child’s chances for admission?
- How does the Indexed Tuition Committee determine where a family fits on the Tuition Index?
- Do families who are currently paying full tuition need to apply for Indexed Tuition or submit any financial documents?
- Will current families already receiving financial aid need to apply to pay below the top of the Index Tuition amount?
- What if our family chooses not to apply for Indexed Tuition this year but needs to in the future?
- Is Indexed Tuition just another name for financial aid?
- How many families participate in the Indexed Tuition program?
- Can international students apply for Indexed Tuition?
- How do parents who are separated, divorced, or never married apply for Indexed Tuition?
- Is there a School and Student Services Association (SSS) fee waiver for families applying for Indexed Tuition?
As an inclusive community, we are proud that our School values socioeconomic diversity. Peer schools that have made this change have found that it changes perceptions about affordability, increases the number of prospective families considering an SD education which in turn allows more inclusivity in the admissions process. This then increases the number of exceptional students and parents who may be selected to join our community and raises the bar for our entire program.
Admission decisions and financial aid decisions are made separately. Despite San Domenico's generous resources that fund Indexed Tuition, there is still a greater collective need than our funds can support. Keeping this in mind, families are encouraged to apply for Indexed Tuition only after exploring other possible means of meeting educational expenses.
Tuition determinations are made by a family's entire financial profile, not solely income, and are assessed by the San Domenico Indexed Tuition Committee and the School and Student Services Association (SSS).
When applying for indexed tuition, parents must complete and submit a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through (SSS. Expected contributions are then determined through a methodology developed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which takes into consideration a family’s gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, unusual expenses, family size, and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After allowances for basic necessities and taxes, as well as a cost of living adjustment for the Bay Area, a portion of the remaining funds are considered available for education.
Yes. International families applying for Indexed Tuition (financial aid) who have never filed taxes in the United States, should complete the International Student Financial Aid Profile. Applications were due on January 10, 2019 however we can offer some extensions. If you have filed taxes in the US, please complete the Parent Financial Statement through School and Student Services (SSS)
San Domenico maintains a philosophy that requires active participation of a student's family in funding this educational opportunity. In instances where parents are separated or divorced, the School requires both parents to contribute to the cost of their child’s education and submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through SSS. The School will not be bound by the statement that one parent has waived responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, all financial information about the current spouse is to be included in the application.