Financial Aid

Financial Aid For Returning Marin Academy Students

This page is a resource for parents of currently enrolled Marin Academy students who are receiving financial aid. Financial aid, once awarded to a newly enrolled student, will be continued through graduation provided the student qualifies for assistance each year.

We ask that parents complete several forms and provide Marin Academy with documentation that verifies income and expenses in order for the school to determine a student’s continued eligibility for financial aid and at what level. To get more detailed information that includes all of the required financial aid forms as well as a list of important deadlines, please visit our financial aid page for more information.  
Marin Academy uses School and Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to process our financial aid applications. Based on the financial information you provide, SSS gives us an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps our school make fair and objective financial aid decisions. To begin your financial aid application for the 2013–2014 enrollment year, please complete the Parent's Financial Statement (PFS) online. You can download a document with instructions about filling out this form.

Marin Academy Financial Aid Policy Statement

Marin Academy offers need-based financial assistance, which enables the school to assist qualified students who would not otherwise be able to attend. We invite students to apply to Marin Academy regardless of ability to pay.
Financial aid, once awarded, will be continued through graduation provided the student qualifies for assistance each year, remains in good academic standing and abides by the community standards of the school. Financial aid is awarded as a percentage of tuition. Over four years, families receiving aid should anticipate increases in their share of tuition expenses as incremental tuition increases occur. Parents are under an obligation to inform Marin Academy if there is any change in the family’s financial resources during the course of the year.
When financial assistance is not awarded to entering students, families wishing to apply in subsequent years should be aware that with limited funds available priority is given to students who have been given awards prior to enrollment. Therefore, in those situations where ability to pay has remained relatively the same, families should not expect that the school will be able to extend an award of assistance. However, the school will attempt to assist continuing students whose families have experienced unexpected, significant changes in the ability to pay.
The Financial Aid Committee requires a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and supporting documents from parents, stepparents and applicant (if applicable). This information must be submitted each year to demonstrate financial need. The Committee utilizes the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) analysis only as a guideline when making awards. In the case of divorced or separated parents, the school requires that both parents complete and submit PFS forms and will not be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. If either parent has remarried, we will consider also the assets of the stepparent, bearing in mind the obligations of the stepparent to his or her own children.
Questions about individual circumstances or any aspects of the school’s Financial Aid Policy should be addressed to the Financial Aid Office at (415) 453-2808.

Two Very Important Deadlines

Our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will need to receive the completed Supplemental Information Form contained in the Financial Aid Packet by January 15, 2015. In addition, we will need to receive a final copy of your filed 2014 Federal Income Tax Return (1040 Form) with all accompanying schedules by February 17, 2015. We realize this February 17 deadline comes well ahead of the IRS deadline for filing you tax return. If for some reason you are unable to meet either of these deadlines, please contact our office as soon as possible.
If your child is a currently enrolled student at Marin Academy who is not receiving financial aid, and your family has experienced a significant change in financial circumstances that may impact your ability to pay tuition, please contact Trent Nutting.