Julia Morgan School for Girls is committed to creating a school community that is accessible to everyone. To achieve this goal, the school offers flexible tuition to students whose families apply for this option. The JMSG Flexible Tuition Program is open to all families who participate in the application process. Families submit information about their financial resources, and the school uses standard criteria and NAIS best practices to determine flexible tuition amounts.
In order to determine a family's eligibility for flexible tuition in a fair and equitable manner, JMSG requires all applicants to complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) administered by a third party, School and Student Services (SSS), for each year of matriculation. Despite our dedication to helping those who demonstrate need, there are always more students who qualify than we can accept. JMSG's Flexible Tuition Program supports approximately 32% of our students. Understanding that a JMSG education is a significant investment in their child's future, the Flexible Tuition Committee reviews, evaluates, and determines a fair assessment of a family's ability to afford an outstanding education for their child.
Tuition and Fees
JMSG Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $36,400.* All program and field trip expenses included.
One-time new student enrollment fee of $1,065
Technology fee of $350 per year
Scholars Studio, an optional afterschool activity
* Tuition and fee rates are subject to change annually. Typically tuition increases 4-6% per year.
SSS is a third-party need analysis service that relies on economic factors to determining the eligibility of families. Once a family has applied for Flexible Tuition, SSS generates a Report of Family Contribution (RFC). JMSG then applies a Bay Area Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to determine a family's ability to pay. JMSG assumes that all adult family members including parents, guardians, domestic partners, and step-parents will work to contribute to the investment in a JMSG education. Families with preschool-aged children or extraordinary situation should make the committee aware of their circumstances in the additional notes section of the PFS. If more than one child in a family attends a tuition-charging institution, JMSG strongly recommends families apply for aid at each of the institutions their children attend.
Business All parents who own a business will be required to upload all current business tax returns. Business owners will also be asked to furnish income statements, balance sheets, and any other information relevant to the business.
Student Assets/ Trusts/ College Funds/Inheritance Savings, investments, trust funds, 529 funds, or other assets in a student’s name or held for a student for any reason, or restricted in any way, are considered available resources for use in funding a student’s education at JMSG.
Home Equity The SSS need analysis considers the equity a family has in their primary residence and other assets. It is not our intent to expect parents to sell their home or to take home equity to support a child’s education unless the balance of equity is significant.
First, consider the full cost of an independent school education. If you cannot cover expenses out of income and judicious use of assets, consider your other options, such as tapping home equity or assistance from relatives. If you are counting on gifts from relatives, it is important to discuss with them whether or not they can maintain that help over the course of your child’s attendance at JMSG.
SSS uses a methodology devised over many years to compute a family’s ability to pay for educational expenses for all children. SSS considers total financial situation including the Bay Area's cost of living. SSS is a service provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Many NAIS schools use SSS for financial assistance analysis.
Admission acceptance letters sent on March 17, 2021, will include a separate response regarding Flexible Tuition. Responses to families will fall into two categories: an offer of Flexible Tuition and the amount or a notification that the family does not qualify for Flexible Tuition.
Yes. Each student’s need is recalculated annually. Therefore, parents are required to complete the application and upload the required documentation each year. Provided family circumstances remain the same and the school’s resources can continue to support the program to the same extent, the school intends to fund the student for three years.
Yes. The Flexible Tuition amount covers the cost of tuition, classroom books, school materials, and field trips. Extra costs such as Scholars Studio (after school study hall) will be adjusted for flexible tuition families based on need.
Yes. Please make your request for a second review in writing to the Flexible Tuition Committee. Fill out a detailed Monthly Cash Flow Report and provide additional documents to substantiate your appeal.