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Most private and parochial schools offer limited financial aid such as full and half tuition grants. In addition, several national and local programs award tuition scholarships:

bullet Children's Scholarship Fund -- National program providing four-year scholarships to low income families in San Francisco, San Mateo, or Marin County.
bullet Frank H. Buck Scholarship -- Available to applicants from the 9th grade forward. Preference is given to residents of Solano, Napa, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Contra Costa Counties.
bullet Independent Scholarship Fund -- Need- and merit-based scholarships to students entering grades K-12 in a parochial or independent school within Alameda or Contra Costa County.
bullet SFIS Scholarship -- Offered by San Francisco Independent Scholars to students entering an independent or parochial high school in San Francisco.
bullet Private School Scholarship Providers -- Mega list provided by National Association of Independent Schools.
bullet The BASIC Fund -- scholarships available to K - 8 students throughout the Bay Area..
bullet The Guardsmen Scholarship Fund -- Children entering K - 6 throughout the Bay Area are eligible.
bullet The SMART Program -- Provide a three year scholarship (6th through 8th grade) to motivated students in San Francisco who cannot otherwise afford the opportunities and resources of a private school education.



Links to lenders that specialize in loans to help families fund private school tuition:

bullet Academic Management Service
bullet Chase Education One® K-12 Loans
bullet eStudentsLoan.com - PREP Loan
bullet First Marblehead: prepGate Loan
bullet Higher Education Services, Inc.: HES Loan
bullet Key Bank: AchieverLoan® for Independent School
bullet Private School Aid Service
bullet SLM Financial Corporation
bullet The Education Resources Institute (TERI) Elementary & Secondary Loans
bullet Tuition Management Systems
bullet Wells Fargo K-12SM Loan
bullet Your Tuition Solution


2004-2005 Tuition Rates for some Bay Area Private Schools

Castilleja (Palo Alto) $24,000
Challenger (multiple locations) $10,160
Chinese American International School (San Francisco) $16,800
Crystal Springs (Hillsborough) $23,280
Girls Middle School (Mtn View) $16,500
Harker (San Jose) $21,000
Hillbrook (Los Gatos) $17,450
Keys (Palo Alto) $17,150
Menlo (Atherton) $24,800
Nueva (Hillsborough) $22,940
Phillips Brooks (Menlo Park) $18,900
Pinewood (Los Altos) $11,950 - 16,800
St. Joseph (Atherton) $21,870
St. Nicholas (Los Altos) $4,950 (in parish) $7,245 (out of parish)
Trinity (Menlo Park) $16,740
Woodside Priory (Portola Valley) $23,830

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