Affording MA

At MA, we know that educational excellence means enrolling the most talented students from all backgrounds across the Bay Area, regardless of their ability to pay tuition. Therefore, we award nearly 4.5 million dollars annually in need-based Tuition Assistance towards both tuition and  additional items and activities throughout a student’s time at MA to ensure that all students are able to fully access all that an MA education has to offer.

Tuition Assistance platform Clarity helps us process applications for TA. Based on the financial information you provide, Clarity gives us an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps our school make fair and objective tuition assistance decisions. Essentially, you will pay what you can afford. Families’ awards range from 9%-100% of MA tuition and everywhere in between.

To begin your Tuition Assistance application for the 2023-2024 school year, complete the Clarity Application online. The deadline to apply for Tuition Assistance through Clarity is the same as the admission application: January 9, 2024. All information regarding financial assistance is kept confidential. For more information on applying for Tuition Assistance, please see our Tuition Assistance Handbook, and feel free to reach out to Leslie Rojas, Tuition Assistance Coordinator.

The MA Promise

The MA Promise is a program that offers free tuition to admitted students whose family earns less than $100,000 per year (and have assets typical of this income range). And, for a family whose income exceeds $100,000, MA will continue to meet 100% of demonstrated need for ALL admitted families who apply for tuition assistance, up to 100% awards.  Read more about MA Promise.

Required Steps for Completing Your Tuition Assistance Application

Guide to Completing Your Tuition Assistance Application

Clarity Application Quick Reference Guide

Clarity Family Application Guide

Tuition Assistance Scenarios

MA is committed to fully funding students' demonstrated financial needs. To provide you with a sense of how a family’s income, assets, and the number of children in tuition charging schools (among other various factors) are incorporated to determine tuition for each student, the following scenarios are examples of MA families who receive tuition assistance. There are two major factors taken into account: the family’s total assets and a percentage of the family’s total debt. Please keep in mind that every family’s situation is unique, and each application will be thoroughly assessed to determine final eligibility. 

Tuition assistance table for Marin Academy




Full Tuition for 2023-2024


Nearly 25%
of Families Receive Tuition Assistance


Range of Tuition Assistance Awards

81% Average Tuition Assistance Award

Average Tuition Assistance Award


Average Tuition Paid by Families


Demonstrated Need Met with Tuition Assistance


$4.4 M
Tuition Assistance Budget

FAQ about Tuition Assistance

MA Tuition Assistance Handbook


Apply for Tuition Assistance




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Marin Academy Admissions Office
1600 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
If your needs are more immediate, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at 415-453-2808.