Tuition, Financial Awards, and the Sunshine Fund

Expanding opportunities is in Nueva's identity. The Nueva community strives to make education for the gifted child possible—and therefore affordable—for families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Nueva is proud to have a need-blind admissions process, meaning students are admitted regardless of their financial need. Currently more than $6 million in need-based awards is given to families annually.

Tuition Rates 2021–2022

Grade Tuition & Fees Trips Total  
Prekindergarten $31,780 ----     $31,780      
Kindergarten $40,000 $40 $40,040  
First $40,000 $100 $40,100  
Second $40,000 $500 $40,500  
Third $40,000 $500 $40,500  
Fourth $40,000 $500 $40,500  
Fifth $53,350* $2,000 $55,350  
Sixth $53,350* $2,800 $56,150  
Seventh $53,350* $1,500 $54,850  
Eighth $53,350* $3,500 $56,850  
Ninth  $53,350** $4,200 $57,550  
Tenth $53,350** $4,000 $57,350  
Eleventh $53,350** $2,200 $55,550  
Twelfth $53,350**     $1,700       $55,050    

*Includes technology program fees and lunch. 
**Includes technology program fees, lunch, and Caltrain Go Pass.

How to Apply for a Financial Award

Nueva uses the School and Student Services (SSS) platform to
process all applications for tuition financial awards.

The Nueva School's recipient code is 5473

Button to SSS Financial Awards


  1. Be prepared. Applying for financial awards requires your family to complete your income taxes by early February.
  2. Apply online with School and Student Services (SSS) and complete the Parents’ Financial Statement and a Household Budget by January 7, 2022.
  3. All required forms and records should be uploaded directly to SSS by February 4, 2022. All documents are required to receive a financial award:
  • 2021 Federal Income Tax Return, including all pages, forms, and schedules.
    Note: See Admissions FAQ for information about using a preliminary draft of your return.
  • Your completed 2020 Federal Income Tax Return. 
    Note: This is not required for returning families if submitted previously.
  • All 2021 W-2 and 1099 forms.
  • November and December paystubs for each wage-earning parent or guardian.
  • IRS Form 4506, signed and dated.

Note: Returning families need to submit a financial award application each year since awards do not automatically renew.

Reduced IQ Testing and Application Fees for Applicants

The process of applying for reduced fees is a separate process from applying for a Financial Award. To request a reduced fee for the application or on-campus testing, please complete the Reduced Fee Application Form. If you have any questions about reduced fees, please contact us at

Financial Award Workshop for Families

Below you will find the video and materials shared during our 2021–2022 financial award workshop. The video highlights the financial award process and requirements, and how financial award decisions are made. Essential paperwork is reviewed as well as frequently asked questions.

Additional Financial Awards for Enrolled Students

In order to enable full engagement in our wide range of school programs and activities, Nueva also offers awards with selected additional school-related expenses. Students receiving tuition financial awards may apply for an award from The Sunshine Fund, Alumni Trip Fund, and/or Nueva Parents Association Social Fund. These programs provide limited financial awards for participation in school programs. More information about Nueva’s financial awards program can be found as printable PDFs below.

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Additional Resources

Financial Award Key Dates

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Financial Award Workshop *Sign up on Ravenna

Friday, January 7, 2022
PFS Applications Due

Friday, February 4, 2022
Supplemental Documents Due

Friday, February 18, 2022
FA Re-enrollment Contracts & Awards Released

Friday, February 25, 2022
FA Re-enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Decision and Financial Award Letters Mailed

Friday, March 18, 2022
Financial Award Decision Emails Sent at 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 24, 2022
PreK-4 Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due at 10:00 am

Friday, March 25, 2022
Grades 5-12 Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due at 12 noon

Questions? Contact us

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The Nueva School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or religious affiliation to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Nueva does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial award programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

Drew Willoughby

Class of 2009

"In 2008, my family was among about 10% of Nueva families whose primary earner lost their job in the wake of the financial crisis. If not for donors that fund financial awards at Nueva, I would not have been able to finish my schooling here. I want thank them, both for my own time at Nueva, and on behalf of all those students who may not yet be able to understand the profound impact donors have on their lives. I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend this school, and am grateful to be a part of this community every day."

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