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Affording The Athenian School

Tuition and Affordability

We are committed to making The Athenian School as accessible as possible to a wide range of families. This is why we offer a program for determining tuition based on a family's ability to contribute to their student(s) educational expenses and the availability of funds. 

To participate in this program, you will need to complete an application (see "How to Apply" under Resources below). The application process is the same at most independent schools though the program itself may go by a different name (Financial Aid, Indexed Tuition, or Flexible Tuition). 

Please refer to the examples below to get a sense of the variation of tuition at Athenian. Income and assets are the primary factors in determining tuition amounts. If a family does not apply for consideration, they will pay the maximum tuition amount. For reference, the current year maximum tuitions are included on this page.

Examples of Varying Tuition

Family 1

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  • Tuition = $0

    Family Income: $100,000
    Family Assets: $20,000
     
    Family contribution of $0 (based on 1 child at a tuition-charging school).

Family 3

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  • Tuition = $16,959

    Family Income: $261,220
    Family Assets: $109,000

    Family contribution of $16,959 (based on 1 child at a tuition-charging school).

Family 4

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  • Tuition = $43,022

    Family Income: $325,000
    Family Assets: $460,000

    Family contribution of $43,022 (based on 1 child at a tuition-charging school).

2022-2023 Maximum Tuitions

Middle School Tuition
$40,300

Upper School Day Tuition
$51,210 Grade 9-11
$49,850 Grades 12
Note: Grades will reflect the larger tuition rate for grades 9 -11 (day students) as those classes move up through the grades.

Upper School Boarding Tuition
Boarding: $78,480
International Boarding  $80,260

Lunch Program
Full-year plan: $1600
Semester plan: $900 per semester
Note: Meals are included in boarding tuition.

Resources

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  • How to Apply

    To be considered for a tuition amount less than the maximum, you must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (see below) and submit tax returns. Both natural parents and stepparents must complete a financial aid application.
     
    The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) should be completed online at the Student Service for Financial Aid website

    You will need the Athenian School Code (also referred to as Partner Code) to create your account: 1414
     
    If you are applying to more than one school you will just complete this form once and enter relevant school codes.

    Contact the Admission Office if you have trouble filing online or if you have any questions.
  • Payment Plans

    All families are eligible for Athenian’s payment plans. We offer 1, 2, 7, or 10 month plans to spread the cost of an Athenian education over multiple payments The seven (7) and ten (10) payment plan requires tuition insurance and a billing fee which totals 3.6 percent of the amount your family pays.
  • Other Financial Considerations

    Misc. Fees:

    In addition to tuition, please anticipate some additional school-related expenses and fees. For those who pay less than the maximum tuition, these expenses will be proportionally adjusted down from the maximum listed here.
    • Books, field trips and incidental expenses typically total $1,000 – $1,300 per year
    • The Athenian Wilderness Experience: $2,750 (Grade 11 only)
    • English-intensive courses for international students: $1,720 per year
    • Transportation: $1,000-$2,250 depending on bus route
    • Middle School Interim and Upper School March Intensive: Amount varies
    • Parking Permit/Fees (Grade 11-12 day students only) $360 per school year; $220 per semester; $160 per final quarter
    Annual Donation:
    Every Athenian family is asked to make an Annual Fund gift each year. There is no set gift amount as every family's financial situation is different.  Please plan to make an annual fund gift that is personally meaningful to your family.

FAQs

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • How does the school determine the tuition amount for my family?

    IF a family wants to be considered for a tuition rate less than the maximum, they will need to complete and submit a Parent Financial Statement form (PFS) through an organization called School and Student Services (SSS). You will submit your most recent tax returns through SSS as well. SSS will then provide Athenian with an estimated family contribution for review.

    The methodology takes into account 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 San Francisco Bay Area, a portion of the remaining funds are considered available for education.

  • How many families pay less than the maximum tuition?

    26% of our students and families pay less than the maximum tuition supported by a budget of $4.2M.

    Note: We do our best to meet the tuition needs of applicant families however requests historically exceed the budget that supports this program.
  • Can international students apply?

    Yes. All students and their families can apply. Complete all required documents with School and Student Services (SSS) including the International Student Financial Aid Profile.

    For families living outside the United States and who do not file U.S. tax documents, please submit official income/asset documentation such as foreign tax returns and/or official wage statements from employers. If tax information is in a language other than English, please submit a translated copy. All supporting documents (wage statements, the International Student Financial Aid Profile etc.) are to be uploaded as “additional documents” since they are not “required” within School and Student Services (SSS).
  • Is there a fee waiver for families applying?

    Fee waivers are automatically granted through SSS if a family qualifies. SSS uses the income and asset information in the application to determine eligibility for a fee waiver. Qualifying families will bypass all payment screens when their PFS (Personal Financial Statement) is complete.

  • What assets will be considered in determining my family's tuition amount?

    In addition to salary, the following assets are considered on the application: equity in your home and any other properties, checking and savings, stocks, and bonds. In most cases, retirement funds (401K, 503b, IRA, etc.) are not used in this equation.

    All financial information submitted by family’s is held in strict confidence.
  • How do parents who are separated, divorced, or never married apply?

    Each parent of the child must apply and provide required financial documentation. Please contact the Admission Office if you have any questions or concerns about this process.
  • What if our family chooses not to apply this year, but needs to in the future?

    If affordability becomes a challenge due to a change in circumstances, we encourage families to apply.
  • Do families currently paying the maximum tuition need to apply or submit financial documents?

    No. Only families who want to be considered for a tuition rate below the maximum amount need to apply and submit financial documentation.
  • Will applying affect my child’s chances for admission?

    Admission and tuition decisions are made separately. However, Athenian depends on tuition revenue for much of our program and thus cannot meet the tuition needs of all families. Since we cannot guarantee that we will be able to match the family contribution estimate determined through SSS, families are encouraged to explore other means of meeting educational expenses also.
  • Do we have to reapply each year?

    Yes, each family's tuition amount is reviewed annually. Significant changes in a family's financial circumstances may increase or decrease the amount a family pays.
  • What if I have questions or concerns about the tuition the school expects me to pay?

    Please reach out to the Admission team so that a discussion can take place about your questions and/or concerns.
  • How do I apply?

    to be considered for a tuition amount less than the maximum, you must complete the Parents' Financial Statement (see below) and submit tax returns. Both natural parents and stepparents must complete a financial aid application.
     
    The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) should be completed online at the Student Service for Financial Aid website

    You will need the Athenian School Code (also referred to as Partner Code) to create your account: 1414
     
    If you are applying to more than one school you will just complete this form once and enter relevant school codes.

    Contact the Admission Office if you have trouble filing online or if you have any questions.
  • What if I need help completing the application?

    Contact 800-344-8328 or SSSandTADSFA@communitybrands.com for questions about completing the tuition application. 

    For all other questions, contact the Admission Office here.