Financial Aid

Northern Light School is 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. 
Please note: Northern Light School does not provide full tuition assistance. 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.


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. 
Priority Round Applicants (New Families) January 31, 2023
Returning Families February 28, 2023
Rolling Admissions Immediately after you complete the NLS online application
Please Note: 2023-2024 SSS Financial Aid Application will be available November 2022.
Forms (Click Below for Application): 

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


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 $2,400 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 15, 2023.  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)