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Indexed Tuition FAQs

Why did San Domenico change to an Indexed Tuition model?

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.

Will applying for Indexed Tuition affect my child’s chances for admission?

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.

How does the Indexed Tuition Committee determine where a family fits on the Tuition Index?

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.

Do families who are currently paying full tuition need to apply for Indexed Tuition or submit any financial documents?

No. Only families who wish to be considered to pay below the top of the Index (full tuition) need to submit an application and financial statements.

Will current families already receiving financial aid need to apply to pay below the top of the Index Tuition amount?

Families already receiving financial aid will have their current application for financial aid rolled over to an application for Indexed Tuition. No additional actions or documents are required at this time.

What if our family chooses not to apply for Indexed Tuition this year but needs to in the future?

If affordability becomes a challenge due to a change of circumstances, we encourage families to apply for Indexed Tuition.

Is Indexed Tuition just another name for financial aid?

While the process for determining need-based aid is the same for financial aid and indexed tuition, the philosophy is very different in that Indexed Tuition places greater emphasis on what families are contributing toward tuition rather than on what they are receiving.

How many families participate in the Indexed Tuition program?

In 2018-19, approximately 39% of SD families participated in financial assistance; we anticipate similar with Indexed Tuition.

Can international students apply for Indexed Tuition?

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)

How do parents who are separated, divorced, or never married apply for Indexed Tuition?

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.

Is there a School and Student Services Association (SSS) fee waiver for families applying for Indexed Tuition?

Families that qualify for an application fee waiver will automatically receive a waiver upon submitting their (Parent Financial Statement) PFS form.


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