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 $5.5 million in need-based awards is given to families annually.

Tuition Rates 2020–2021

Grade Tuition & Fees Trips Total  
Prekindergarten $30,555 ----     $30,555      
Kindergarten $38,460 $40 $38,500  
First $38,460 $100 $38,560  
Second $38,460 $500 $38,960  
Third $38,460 $500 $38,960  
Fourth $38,460 $500 $38,960  
Fifth $49,990* $2,000 $51,990  
Sixth $49,990* $2,800 $52,790  
Seventh $49,990* $1,500 $51,490  
Eighth $49,990* $5,000 $53,490  
Ninth  $51,285** $4,200 $55,485  
Tenth $51,285** $4,000 $55,285  
Eleventh $51,285** $2,200 $53,485  
Twelfth $51,285**     $1,700       $52,985    

 

*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 8, 2021.
     
  3. All required forms and records should be uploaded directly to SSS by February 1-5, 2021. All documents are required to receive a financial award:
  • 2020 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 2019 Federal Income Tax Return. 
    Note: This is not required for returning families if submitted previously.
  • All 2020 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. If you have any questions about reduced fees, please contact us at admissions@nuevaschool.org

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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Affording an Education at The Nueva School

Financial Awards Programs at Nueva

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Award Process Checklist

Financial Award Key Dates

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Financial Award Workshop *Sign up on Ravenna

Friday, January 8, 2021
PFS Applications Due

Monday, February 1 -Friday, February 5, 2021
Supplemental Documents Due

Friday, February 19, 2021
FA Re-enrollment Contracts & Awards Released

Friday, February 26, 2021
FA Re-enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due

Thursday, March 19, 2021
Decision and Financial Award Letters Mailed

Friday, March 20, 2021
Financial Award Decision Emails Sent at 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 25, 2021
PreK-4 Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due at 10:00 am

Friday, March 26, 2021
Grades 5-12 Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due at 12 noon

Questions? Contact us
admissions@nuevaschool.org

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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."

Nueva News

Lower School Mavericks Days Provide Teachers Time to Prepare for our Return to Campus

As the lower school plans to return to campus came into greater focus late last month, Lower School Head Megan Terra felt strongly that she needed to find an extended amount of time for her teachers to plan, discuss, and put in action all that is involved with welcoming students back to their in-person classrooms.

Lower school teachers were incredibly grateful for the time Megan and our Mavericks Days programs afforded them. They used the time to prepare, create, and discuss every aspect of the upcoming return to campus.

Nueva Students Welcome Families to the Mid-Autumn Festival

This month, students in Weixia’s class celebrated 中秋节 or zhōng qiū jié (the Mid-Autumn Festival), a traditional event celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. With their parents, students watched the full moon, recited an ancient poem, and gave their parents a handmade card of appreciation. These activities were part of their process of immersing themselves in Chinese culture, an important part of learning the language, and they also offered an opportunity for students to share their learning with their families.

Nueva Student’s Memory Lives on through Social Innovation Fellowship

The Joey Kovacevich Social Innovation Fellowship, named after a former Nueva student, provides grants to students in all three divisions who have designed something that would solve a specific problem and benefit the world. Read about the fund's namesake, his legacy, and the 20–21 grant recipients. 

Reconnecting with My Heritage

My connection with my Latino heritage is very meaningful to me; however, this connection was one that I had to work to find. My grandparents did not always involve my parents in aspects of our Latino culture because it was often looked down upon in schools and in the world. With my parents being left out of many traditions, it made it harder for them to share this aspect of our identity with my sister and me. Part of this disconnect feels inevitable, as being third or fourth generation Americans means we associate more with our American history.

The Power of Student Agency

The invitation for Wednesday’s roundtable event “Divestment: The Million Dollar Question” noted, “In response to student activism, the Nueva Endowment Committee is considering the divestment of its holdings in fossil fuel companies for the first time.”

This was very exciting news for students because for at least the past four-to-five years, the student-run Nueva Divestment Team has been working to convince the Nueva Endowment Committee of the need to divest. 

Middle School Students Explore Social Justice in Lit Clubs

Founded in 1982, the Nueva Lit Club curriculum has provided middle school students with many opportunities over the years to practice reading strategies and literary analysis. This year, students have been faced with a challenging and changing world—in all of their classes, Nueva students have engaged in complex conversations and have raised important questions about race and social justice issues that were reignited this past summer. 

Ninth Graders Work to Create the Beloved Community

What does a community look like? What does it take to build a community and what are the difficulties that might arise? These questions serve as the foundation of the new curriculum in ninth-grade Science of Mind (SOM). Developed by Director of Social Justice and Equity Alegria Barclay, the revamped curriculum focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community. The course is very much about antiracism, Alegria said, and antiracism is woven into all aspects of the course.

Catching Up with...Karen Tiegel

About one month into this unprecedented 2020–2021 school year, we sat down with new interim head of the middle school, our own Nuevan Swiss Army Knife, Karen Tiegel, to hear her thoughts about the start of the year, learn a bit more about our continuously evolving middle school electives program, and provide a space to reflect on moments—both past and still to come—that are at the heart of her Nueva experience.