Funding a Private Education

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At Orinda Academy, we believe all students deserve access to a quality education, and we understand that the cost of attending a private school can be prohibitive to some families. We’re proud to offer a need-based student financial aid program that puts our college prep program within the reach of all qualified students. Here is what you need to know about funding your Orinda education:

Program Rules

The financial aid program is based strictly on need. Awards for new students are given on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’re encouraged to submit your application well in advance of the deadline. Deadlines change every year, so be sure to check our website or contact us if you’re unsure when applications are due.

Application Guidelines

Orinda Academy uses the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey, to vet all applications. You will need to obtain a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) form from the Orinda Academy admissions office and submit the completed form to SSS. The admissions office will also need a copy of your PFS and copies of your federal and state tax returns. Again, carefully note the application deadline. SSS and our admissions office must have all of your financial paperwork by that date for you to be considered for financial aid.

Divorced parents must each submit a separate PFS form and individual tax returns.

Award Distribution

Based on recommendations from SSS and information you provide to us, Orinda Academy will decide what kind of financial aid award you can receive. In addition to your need, the amount you receive will depend on the funds we have available for the school year and how many applications we receive. When your student is admitted to Orinda Academy, you will be notified of the financial aid offer.

Don’t let the cost of tuition stop your student from benefitting from a college prep curriculum at Orinda Academy. Our private, East Bay school is dedicated to turning out well-rounded students who are prepared to succeed in the best colleges and universities. Call us today at (925) 254-7553 to learn more about our exciting college prep academic programs and find out how we can help you fund a private school education at our institution.