Frequently asked Questions Regarding Financial Assistance

The decision of private education is an important one. The cost of private education from kindergarten through college is a major factor in this decision for many families in the Bay Area.

At St. Ignatius College Preparatory, we are fortunate to benefit from the generosity of our benefactors to offer financial assistance to students and families in need. Below is a sampling of the typical questions surrounding this process, as well as some statistics gathered in the last academic year. If you should have further questions, feel free to contact either Gus Gomozias in the Business Office or Theresa Bayze in the Financial Assistance Program Office. Thank you for considering S.I. We know you have a number of schools to choose from for your child’s education.

How is Financial Assistance handled at St. Ignatius?

The school is fortunate to be able to assist families that seek a Jesuit education.  Financial assistance is distributed as tuition assistance to qualified families based upon need. Other schools may offer merit scholarships, but at St. Ignatius the only assistance is need-based. Additional funds may be available to subsidize or prorate other costs related to attending S.I.

Who can apply for financial assistance?

All families who have a student at St. Ignatius are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

When is the completed TADS application due?

The following information is due on February 4, 2019:

  • Completed Federal Tax Returns for 2017 (personal and business)
  • 2018 W-2’s from each household member
  • January 2019 pay stubs from each household member
  • Completed Federal Tax Returns for 2018 (personal and business) by April 15, 2019

What is the total amount of financial assistance available? What is the average grant?

In 2018-2019, the school distributed $4.3 million to approximately 320 students (22% of the student population). The average grant was over $13,000 per student. 

Are there any additional responsibilities for students if they are awarded financial assistance?

Yes. Our current program mandates that sophomore students who received financial assistance last year or who are currently receiving financial assistance, complete 30 hours of service to the SI community. They will work with the Financial Assistance Manager to set-up and complete these hours either during the summer before their sophomore year or during their sophomore year at SI.

We have a child in college. How does the school treat that expense?

While the school committee realizes the challenges and costs associated with a college education, it keeps college age children out of the direct evaluation. The college process also has a financial assistance as well as a grant process that parents can access for assistance.

If my parents are not together, who should fill out the financial assistance application?

St. Ignatius believes that parents have an ethical obligation to pay for the educational expenses of their children to the extent that they are able. This takes precedence over the school's responsibility to provide financial assistance. The Financial Assistance Committee will consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award and cannot be bound by a decree, assertion or any other agreement that one parent has disclaimed, legally or otherwise, regarding any responsibility for educational expenses. I

In view of this policy, for separated or divorced families, each separate household who is financially responsible for tuition, must submit an application in order to be considered for tuition assistance for their portion of tuition. Please refer to the TADS User Guide for more information. 

Waiving of Requirement

Waiving the requirement of the non-custodial parent will be considered ONLY under the following circumstances:

  1. documented information is provided that states the location of the non-custodial parent is unknown; OR
  2. documented information is provided that the non-custodial parent has given no support AND has had no contact with the family for at least two years.


Documentation will be accepted from a doctor, lawyer, minister, or any such person outside the immediate family. If there are extenuating circumstances that might warrant waiving this requirement, written request must be uploaded with the TADS application and sent to the Financial Assistance Manager.

Who grants the money TADS, or SI?

All dollars committed to students come from the St. Ignatius endowment, and only go to offset tuition. TADS is a guide for the school committee and provides St. Ignatius with a summarized report.  The information is reviewed by our Financial Assistance Committee and matched with the amount of funding we have available.

What is the Arrupe Program?

The complete “SI experience” includes additional out-of-pocket expenses associated with full participation in student life at the school. 

In 2011, Rev. Robert T. Walsh, S.J. ’68, announced the goal of creating a $5 million Arrupe Fund to help students pay not only for tuition but also for some of the other costs associated with high school. 

In 2017-2018, over $200,000 was awarded throughout the year to help off set expenses for families who qualified for the Arrupe Program.  Only students who receive over 50% of tuition assistance are eligible to participate.