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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is $36,850.

To assist families in making this important investment in their child's future, Kehillah has payment plan options as well as need-based financial aid.  To learn more about payment plans and Kehillah's financial aid program, read the FAQs below or contact Marily Lerner, Director of Admissions.

Kehillah's financial aid application is online and will be available for applications for the 2015-2016 school year on November 1, 2014.  To apply for financial aid on or after November 1, click on the logo to the right, which will take you to the website for Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST).

Below are frequently asked questions about tuition and financial aid:

Q

What does it cost to attend Kehillah?

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Tuition for 2014-2015 is $36,850. Kehillah's Board of Trustees will set tuition for 2015-2016 in February, 2015. In addition to tuition, students must purchase textbooks (new or used), which can cost $400 to $800 per year, depending on the student's courses. Kehillah's lunch program is optional and not included in tuition. Tuition includes most school activities, including retreats and a most of the cost of class trips.

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What payment plans does Kehillah offer?

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There are three payment plays: Plan A: Tuition is paid in full by August 1. Plan B: 60% of tuition is due on July 20 and 40% on September 20. Plan C: 10 monthly payments by automatic debit beginning in July and ending in April. A 1% service fee is charged when selecting Plan B, and a 4% service fee is charged when selecting plan C.

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Is financial aid available?

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Kehillah is committed to ensuring that a Kehillah education remains accessible to qualified students regardless of their economic circumstances. Kehillah awards financial aid on the basis of demonstrated need and the availability of funds. Financial aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions and in no way affect a candidate's chances for admission. The Financial Aid Committee members, other than the Director of Admissions, are not provided with a family's identifying information and the family's financial information is kept strictly confidential.

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Who receives financial aid?

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Each year between 30% and 40% of Kehillah's student body will receive financial aid. Awards vary with families' diverse needs and range from 3% to 70% of tuition.

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How is a family's need determined?

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Families submit detailed financial information (income, expenses, assets and liabilities) through Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST), an on-line application tool. The FAST software recommends an award based on each family's individual situation, adjusted for the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kehillah's Financial Aid Committee reviews the recommendation to ensure that all available information has been taken into account and then finalizes the award. The Committee members, other than the Director of Admissions, do not view the names or other identifying information of the applicant families.

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How do we apply for aid?

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Click on the FAST icon above to begin your application. You may log in and out of the program while in the process of completing it. The fee for application is $41. After submitting your application, you will be asked to send copies of your tax returns and W-2s to FAST for verification.

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How long do financial aid awards last?

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Each award is for one year. Families must reapply annually for aid. Awards tend not to vary greatly year to year unless there is a significant change in a family's resources.

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When do I find out whether my student will receive financial aid?

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Financial aid awards are mailed with a student's offer of admission to Kehillah in March.

Thanks to a generous Education Grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, Kehillah's financial aid award process is being implemented in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley; the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay; and the Bureau of Jewish Education.  The Jim Joseph grant will enable families to enter and keep their children in Jewish preschools, day schools, and Jewish overnight summer camps throughout the Bay Area.