Discounted Tuition FAQs

For more information on discounted tuition, please contact Susan Wayland, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations. We look forward to hearing from you!

Discounted Tuition

What is discounted tuition?

Discounted tuition is a reduced tuition available to qualifying families in need of support to cover the full cost of tuition. Each family is expected to pay a minimum of 5 percent of the tuition cost.

Who decides if our family will be offered a tuition discount?

The Discounted Tuition Committee is comprised of SF Day administrators and is chaired by the CFO/Director of Operations, Susan Wayland.

If we are offered discounted tuition and decide to enroll at SF Day, can we expect approximately the same assistance in future years?

Your awards are based on your financial information each year.  If your income and tax situation does not vary significantly year to year, you can expect to see the same percentage discount each year.  If your financial situation changes, your award may be increased or decreased accordingly.

Must I reapply for discounted tuition next year?

Yes. Because discounted tuition decisions are re­viewed each year, families receiving discounts must submit a PFS and income tax statements each year to establish ability to pay for the next academic year.

What other programs are supported by discounted tuition?

Families receiving a tuition discount also qualify for the same discount on AEP (Afterschool Enrichment Program), as well as any tutoring services recom­mended by our Learning Specialists.

What factors can influence our child being offered discounted tuition?

The required information and forms not sub­mitted in a timely manner, the amount of funds budgeted for discounted tuition, and the level of need among all families applying for aid in a given year.

What tuition payment plans are available?

San Francisco Day School partners with Smart Tuition for the processing and collection of tuition and fees.  With Smart Tuition, families can:

  • Select a payment method that best works for them (monthly invoice or recurring automatic payment)
  • Access their account online and review account info and/or make payments
  • Receive payment and follow-up reminders
  • Speak with a customer service representative anytime

Please go online to enroll in Smart Tuition at 

Tuition payment amounts and deadlines will be updated in September 2017. Please contact the business office with questions.


What if I am a single parent? Divorced? Separated?

San Francisco Day School requires complete financial information from both the custodial and non-custodial par­ents, including the Parents’ Financial Statement form and tax forms. This information is collect­ed in an attempt to determine the ability, not the willingness, of each parent to financially support his or her child’s education. If the whereabouts of the non-custodial parent are unknown, a good faith effort must be made to locate him or her. If the custodial parent has remarried, SF Day will consider the assets of the stepparent, always bearing in mind the obligation of the stepparent to his or her own children.