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Financial Aid

Please review this comprehensive overview about our financial aid program. If you have questions about our program or any of the information in this section, please feel free to call us at (707) 636-2476.
 

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Cost of Attendance

    Sonoma Academy’s financial aid program will also support a percentage of the mandatory fees listed below. Support for mandatory fees will be at the same percentage as your financial aid award. For instance, if your financial aid award is for 50% of tuition, then your fee for debate team participation will be at 50%.

    ·Bus transportation from Sonoma or Napa
    ·Participation fees for debate, speech, robotics, and sports (including pre-season SA sports camps)
    ·Supplemental required readers
    ·PSAT test, and Sonoma Academy SAT preparation classes
    ·Prom and winter formal dance tickets
    ·Classroom mandatory field trip fees
     
  • Expectations of Financial Aid Recipients

    Financial aid recipients are expected to meet the same performance standards as any other student. This includes maintaining an academic record commensurate with their abilities and being positive citizens in our community. STEM scholars are expected to maintain a 3.5 unweighted semester and annual grade point average. To be eligible for financial aid and to continue to receive aid, families must reapply each year through TADS (www.tads.com) and continue to demonstrate financial need.
  • Meeting Financial Need

    To the extent possible, parents have the primary responsibility to contribute to educational expenses; families should contribute accordingly. Sonoma Academy makes every effort to meet the full demonstrated need of each family. Awards are based on a full assessment of a family’s financial situation. Many factors are taken into account including, but not limited to, the number of children; how many children attend a tuition-paying school; additional dependents; all sources of income, assets, and liabilities; expenses such as mortgage or rent, cars, camps and lessons; and unreimbursed medical expenses. There is an expectation that both parents are working unless there is a pre-schooler or elderly parent at home.

    Our Financial Aid Committee reviews all applications and makes financial aid award decisions annually. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by the information provided on the family’s TADS application and supporting tax and wage information.
  • Determining My Family Contribution

    We have many more qualified applicants for financial aid than we have awards; selection for awards is competitive. We believe it is important that our families understand that their tuition payments directly support the cost of our program and tuition fees alone are not sufficient to support the full cost of a Sonoma Academy education. As such, it is important that every family stretch to contribute the maximum possible. Each family’s circumstances are unique, so there is no set formula for how to determine your maximum contribution amount.
     
  • Other Family Contribution Sources

    Families with additional income sources to fund a Sonoma Academy education (from grandparents, an employer, scholarship, etc.) should note this amount on the TADS application; it is required that this amount be reported.
     
  • 529’s College Funds and Other Student Assets

    Sonoma Academy requires you to report 529 college funds and other student assets.
     
  • Returning Students Requesting Aid for the First Time

    If there has been an unexpected change in circumstances, Sonoma Academy will consider an application from returning families after the second year of enrollment; however, we cannot guarantee that funds will be available at that time. It is expected that families who begin at Sonoma Academy at the full-tuition rate will continue to do so for the time the student is enrolled.
     
  • Unmarried, Separated, or Divorced Parents

    When parents are separated, divorced, or never married, the income and assets of both natural parents are considered. Each household, including both custodial and non-custodial parents, must submit an online application to TADS. If a parent has remarried or is sharing a household, the current spouse’s supporting documentation is relevant in considering a family’s demonstrated financial need.
     
  • Transfer Students

    Financial aid for transfer students is limited. Prospective transfer students may apply, but financial aid is first allocated to all currently enrolled families already receiving financial aid. Transfer students should apply by the established due dates. Admitted transfer students will be notified in March or later if there is any funding.
     
  • International Students

    Sonoma Academy does not award financial aid to international families. International families include all non-US citizen families that reside outside of the United States and do not file US income tax returns.
     
  • High School Loan Programs

    For information on loan programs designed specifically to help families pay for their children's high school education, visit Your Tuition Solution.
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Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.