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 $4 million in need-based awards is given to families annually.

Tuition Rates 2019-2020

Grade Tuition & Fees Trips Total  
Prekindergarten $29,380 ----     $29,380      
Kindergarten $36,980 $40 $37,020  
First $36,980 $100 $37,080  
Second $36,980 $500 $37,480  
Third $36,980 $500 $37,480  
Fourth $36,980 $500 $37,480  
Fifth $46,250 $2,000 $48,250  
Sixth $46,840* $2,800 $49,640  
Seventh $46,840* $1,500 $48,340  
Eighth $46,840* $5,000 $51,840  
Ninth  $49,300** $4,200 $53,500  
Tenth $49,300** $4,000 $53,300  
Eleventh $49,300** $2,200 $51,500  
Twelfth $49,300**     $1,700       $51,000    

 

*Includes technology program fees. 
**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 10, 2020.
     
  3. All required forms and records should be uploaded directly to SSS by February 7, 2020. All documents are required to receive a financial award:
  • 2019 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 2018 Federal Income Tax Return. 
    Note: This is not required for returning families if submitted previously.
  • All 2019 W-2 and 1099 forms.
  • November and December paystubs for each wage-earning parent or guardian.
  • IRS Form 4506-T, 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

Friday, January 10, 2020 
PFS Applications Due

Friday, February 7, 2020
Supplemental Documents Due

Friday, February 14, 2020
FA Re-enrollment Contracts & Awards Released

Friday, February 21, 2020
FA Re-enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Decision and Financial Award Letters Mailed

Friday, March 20, 2020
Financial Award Decision Emails Sent at 4:00 pm

Friday, March 27, 2020
PreK-4 Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due at 10:00 am

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."

Read Alumni Stories in Nueva News

Nueva Connection Challenge!

Chris Garber, eighth-grade Class of ’08, has launched the Nueva Connection Challenge! — a friendly competition to see which class can create the most new alumni connections. 

Doshisha anniversary

For Nueva students studying Japanese, “Doshisha” has a special meaning. This is especially true for the more than 500 students who over the years have participated in the exchange program that has grown from one high school to four middle and high schools in and around Kyoto.

Laena Wilder

When Laena Wilder was 10 years old, a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street with her Nueva art teacher Barbara Marino and her best friend set fire to a passion that would drive the rest of her life.

Alumni Lee Holtzman poses with a lemur

“My years at Nueva were the best three years of my intellectual life,” upper school teacher and eighth-grade class of 2001 alum Lee Holtzman said. “Ever since I left Nueva, it was always the biggest part of me. Which is odd because I was only here for three years.” After only one week at the school, Lee identified the need for Nueva to expand from a PreK–8 school to PreK–12. “The end of my first week at Nueva (I started in sixth grade, so I was eleven), I went into the Head of School’s office, sat down, and said ‘You need to start a high school, because I need to go there!’”

Judee Brasesco and her two grandsons

Judee Brasesco has the unique perspective of seeing how Nueva shaped two generations of students in her family. When she learned about the Nueva School in the 1970s, she had two school-aged children, Jill Brasesco Thomsen (’77 sixth-grade graduate) and J.D. Brasesco (’80 sixth-grade graduate). Last spring, Judee’s oldest grandsons, Scott Brasesco ’18 and Chip Thomsen ’18, graduated from Nueva, and her youngest grandson, Jack B., is now an eleventh grader at Nueva.  

 Andrew Lam and his parents in a city

When Andrew Lam (eighth grade,’01) visited the Upper School with his father last year, he was thrilled to see learning in progress. “There was stuff all over the floor,” he said. “An intentional mess of art and science projects where kids were learning and exploring.” He was happy to see that the culture of exploration and the freedom to make and learn from mistakes were still part of the school he loved so much.

Fun graphic, "May the task force be with you"

The Bridge Experience Task Force

Mission

1) To explore the idea of a Nueva Gap Year Program.

2) The task force determined that Nueva is well positioned to provide graduates with a unique gap year experience, and the task force was charged with defining and launching the program.

Three students from the Class of 2018 meet with Diane Rosenberg

"As you embark on your journey from here, I just wanted to warn you: you may end up back here.”

Lee Holtzman — upper school history of science teacher and Nueva alum — shared these opening remarks as she welcomed the Class of 2018 at their first official alumni gathering earlier this month. Just two days after graduates flipped their tassels and tossed their caps, they gathered at the upper school for a brunch to embrace their new official status as Nueva alums.