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Financial Aid

Although Northern Light School does not provide full tuition assistance, we are committed to providing a high quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, especially those who would not have the opportunity for a private school education.  Need-based tuition assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Families requesting tuition assistance are encouraged to submit their application and supporting documents to SSS, an independent third party, as early as possible. 
All families are eligible to apply for tuition assistance since financial profiles vary from family to family.  Families approved for sliding scale tuition must reapply annually. 
Tuition assistance decisions are made independently from admissions decisions.
[Note:  A completed admissions application must be on file in the Admissions Office in order for your family to be considered for tuition assistance.]

School & Student Services by NAIS (SSS)

The amount of tuition assistance is determined following an application process that requires timely completion of the SSS application along with submission of requested financial documentation (e.g., most recent tax returns, W2s, proof of cash assistance, proof of food stamps).  Applications should be completed online and can be found here.  The Northern Light School Code is 9158.
Please note that submission of SSS Application does not constitute automatic approval for tuition assistance.  Tuition assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available. 
For Priority Round Applications, completed SSS applications are due no later than January 31, 2020. 
For Returning Families, completed SSS applications are due no later than March 31, 2020.
[Please Note: 2020-2021 SSS Financial Aid Application won't be available until November 2019.]
Forms (Click Below for Application): 
The NLS School Code: 9158

If you are having trouble with the application or need more answers, call the toll-free Customer Service Center at (800) 344-8328 or

BASIC Fund Scholarship

BASIC Fund Scholarships are awarded to low-income families who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program, are entering private school for the first time, and have children entering grades K-8.  BASIC Fund Scholarships awarded are up to $1,600 per child per year. 

All families that fall within the income eligibility guidelines are required to apply for the BASIC Fund scholarship.
Household Size
Maximum Annual Household Income
7 $95,160
8 $105,960

Household Size includes you, your spouse (if living at the same address) and all other family members living at your address for which you claim financial responsibility on your federal tax return.  Household income includes the total gross income of all household members.
Please keep in mind that you can only apply the first year your child enters Northern Light School.  And the earlier you are able to send in your completed application, the more likely BASIC Fund will be able to provide a scholarship.  Applications are due no later than March 9, 2020.  Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis starting in January, until the deadline in March.  Complete applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist.  Waitlisted applications will be entered into a lottery at the end of the summer.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, feel free to call the BASIC Fund at (415) 986-5650 or visit the BASIC Fund website.
Forms (Click Below for Application)