Tuition and Financial Aid

Parents often want to understand how tuition is set in independent schools.  At Kehillah, our Board of Directors sets tuition at a level that enables us to attract and retain a world class faculty and staff in an area with an exceptionally high cost of living.  Our tuition ensures that we can provide appropriate employee salaries and benefits, professional development opportunities, and academic operations.

Kehillah is committed to ensuring broad access and believes that a student should not be denied a Kehillah education because of inability to pay.  For this reason, Kehillah maintains a significant financial aid budget which is used to bridge the gap between what a family can afford and full tuition.

We realize that, for some, disclosing personal financial information can be uncomfortable. As such, privacy, confidentiality, and dignity are at the forefront of Kehillah’s financial aid policies.  Financial aid decisions are made by a committee of experts who review applications without seeing family names. In addition, no Kehillah employee other than our Director of Admissions and the Business Office knows whether or how much financial aid a family receives.

It is our hope that these clear and consistent policies will make it easier for families who desire a Kehillah education but cannot afford full tuition will feel comfortable applying for financial aid.

Full tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $42,900.

This academic year, Kehillah has dedicated 28% of its operating budget to meet the financial aid needs of its families.

To learn more about payment plans and Kehillah’s financial aid program, read the FAQs below or contact Marily Lerner, Director of Admissions.

To apply for financial aid, click on the logo to the right, which will take you to the website for Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST).FAST_logo_dot_cntr

Below are frequently asked questions about tuition and financial aid:

What does it cost to attend Kehillah?

Tuition for 2017-2018 is $42,900. Kehillah’s Board of Trustees will set tuition for 2018-2019 in February, 2018. In addition to tuition, students must purchase textbooks (new or used), which can cost $400 to $800 per year, depending on the student’s courses. Kehillah’s lunch program is optional and not included in tuition. Tuition includes most school activities, including retreats and a most of the cost of class trips.

What payment plans does Kehillah offer?

There are three payment plays: Plan A: Tuition is paid in full by August 1. Plan B: 60% of tuition is due on July 20 and 40% on September 20. Plan C: 10 monthly payments by automatic debit beginning in July and ending in April. A 1% service fee is charged when selecting Plan B, and a 4% service fee is charged when selecting plan C.

Is financial aid available?

Kehillah is committed to ensuring that a Kehillah education remains accessible to qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances. Kehillah awards financial aid on the basis of demonstrated need and the availability of funds. Financial aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions and in no way affect a candidate’s chances for admission. The Financial Aid Committee members, other than the Director of Admissions, are not provided with a family’s identifying information and the family’s financial information is kept strictly confidential.

How is a family's need determined?

Families submit detailed financial information (income, expenses, assets and liabilities) through Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), an on-line application tool. The FAST software recommends an award based on each family’s individual situation, adjusted for the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kehillah’s Financial Aid Committee reviews the recommendation to ensure that all available information has been taken into account and then finalizes the award. The Committee members, other than the Director of Admissions, do not view the names or other identifying information of the applicant families.

How do we apply for aid?

Click on the FAST icon above to begin your application. You may log in and out of the program while in the process of completing it. The fee for application is $43. After submitting your application, you will be asked to send copies of your tax returns and W-2s to FAST for verification.

How long do financial aid awards last?

Each award is for one year. Families must reapply annually for aid. Awards tend not to vary greatly year to year unless there is a significant change in a family’s resources.

When do I find out whether my student will receive financial aid?

Financial aid awards are mailed with a student’s offer of admission to Kehillah in March.