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Tuition & Affordability

Tuition & Fees FAQs

Applying for Financial Assistance

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  • How do I apply for financial assistance?

    • Apply online through the FAST program directly from the Sacred Heart School website by January 25, 2020. See link on the right. You will enter all financial information directly through the secure server. Space is also provided to fill out additional information that may be pertinent to your application. 
    • Mail a copy of your 2019 Federal and State Tax Return complete with W-2s and all schedules directly to FAST by February 24, 2020. These forms will only be used to arrive at a fair determination of financial need.  Please be sure to include the name Sacred Heart Schools on the top left corner of the envelope
    Independent School Management
    Attn: FAST Processing
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806
    • Submit fee of $43 to complete your online FAST form*
    *Please note: SHS is unable to offer fee waivers for the FAST Application fee
  • What are the deadlines for the FAST application and taxes?

    Families applying to Sacred Heart Schools, as well as current SHS families, who are requesting financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year must submit the FAST application by Friday, January 25, 2020.

    Families applying to SHS must also submit a copy of their 2019 Federal and State Tax Returns, with all schedules and W-2's to FAST by Monday, February 24, 2020. Please plan ahead to ensure that your taxes are completed by this date.

    Current SHS families must also submit a copy of their 2019 Federal and State Tax Returns, with all schedules and W-2's to FAST by Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Please plan ahead to ensure that your taxes are completed by this date.

    All taxes should be mailed directly to FAST:

    Independent School Management
    Attn: FAST Processing Center
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806
  • How is financial aid awarded?

    Upon receiving the FAST recommendation, the school's Financial Assistance Committee evaluates the recommended award based upon the demonstrated financial need of a family and the school's budgetary constraints. The FAST report does not bind SHS to any specific award, but rather provides a guideline to help make equitable need-based awards.
  • Is financial assistance automatically renewed each year?

    No. SHS requires families who receive financial assistance to reapply each year. As long as the student remains at our school, financial assistance will be renewed each year according to demonstrated need and if the family has met all of the filing deadlines. Changes in circumstances such as income, family status, and the number of children attending SHS may result in increases or decreases in an award. However, unless there is a significant change in either a family's economic status or a tuition increase at SHS above 10 percent for the school year, awards will be renewed at the previous year's amount. Every application is reviewed annually.
  • Should I apply for financial assistance before I know my child has been admitted?

    Yes. If you do not apply for assistance by the published deadlines, your chance of receiving financial assistance is significantly reduced. Please do not wait for acceptance from our school to apply for aid as it may be too late.
  • I never do my taxes until close to the April 15 deadline. How will this affect my financial assistance award?

    You will need to complete your taxes early enough to meet the deadline (February 24th for new students/March 31st for returning students) in order to be eligible to receive a financial assistance award. If you have questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact our office for clarification.
  • Will a change in family financial circumstances during the school year change the financial assistance award?

    If your circumstances change after you submit your application, please contact the Admission Office and submit your new information. The Financial Assistance Committee will review the new information, and awards will be based on your demonstrated need and our available resources.
  • Is it possible to appeal the financial assistance allocation?

    Yes. Please write to the Financial Assistance Committee explaining your appeal. Include any information that will help the committee to better understand your situation, such as a detailed list of monthly expenses or any information that you wish to explain more thoroughly.

Payment Plans

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  • What payment plans are available?

    SHS offers three different payment plans: a one-time payment in August, a two-time payment in August and January, or a monthly installment plan. The two payment plan and the monthly installment plan both requires a registration and an annual service fee. The monthly installment plan allows parents to spread tuition payments, interest-free, over a 10-month period. These options will be more fully explained when you are offered an enrollment contract.


Wendy Quattlebaum (SHP '93)
Director, Admission & Tuition Assistance
Tel: 650.473.4073

Mailing Address;
150 Valparaiso Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
Fax: 650.326.2761

By the Numbers

51 Endowed Scholarships
$5+ Million Granted Annually
1 in 5 Students Receive Aid
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12