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.
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.
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.
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. If either parent has remarried, the committee will also consider the income and assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own natural children. If either parent lives with another adult, we may consider the assets and income of that person, depending on the circumstances. We do not share the financial information of one parent with the other. If financial assistance is awarded, SI leaves it to parents to decide how to divide the responsibility of paying tuition.
In view of this policy, we ask that both natural parents and their current spouses and partners, if any, fill out separate applications through TADS. Please refer to the TADS User Guide for more information.
Waiving the requirement of the non-custodial parent will be considered ONLY under the following circumstances:
- documented information is provided that states the location of the non-custodial parent is unknown; OR
- 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.
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.