Financial Aid

We are well aware that the cost of an independent school education may at first seem overwhelming. These pages are designed to help you make this important investment in your child’s future by giving a general overview of our financial aid process, clarifying some of the major factors that influence award amounts and guiding you through the process.  Financial Aid assistance is awarded on the basis of need and the potential family contribution as reported by School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS), an organization used by schools nationwide to calculate financial aid awards.

The formula that the SSS uses to calculate exact financial need is complex and considers many factors that affect a family’s ability to pay. The recommendation SSS makes is only one element the school takes into account when it determines financial aid awards. It is impossible to determine the proper level of tuition assistance unless all documents are completed and provided with the required supporting documentation.  Applicants and their families should also be aware that the calculation of financial aid awards, which are prepared by our school’s Scholarship Committee, is separate from the admissions process. An application for financial aid in no way affects a student’s likelihood of being accepted to the school.

Unfortunately, most schools do not have the resources to offer financial assistance to every student who qualifies for both admission and reduced tuition. Since this means that it is possible for a child to be admitted to a school but placed on a waiting list for financial assistance, we encourage you to seek outside support opportunities.

French Government Scholarships

French Government scholarship applicants also need to complete the school Financial Aid process. Parents/guardians should complete the PFS form by January 12, 2017. Please contact the Financial Aid office of any concerns related to the Enrollment and Financial Aid processes as soon as they arise.

Additional Information

In the case of single, divorced, separated and non-spousal parents/domestic partners, both parents are required to submit an application. For more information, refer to our complete Policies and Procedures.




Resources from the National Asscociation of Independent Schools


Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

1. Complete Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) Online

Note: The system will accept 2017-18 applications beginning Oct. 24, 2016.

Due dates:
Returning families: Dec. 1, 2016  
New families: Jan. 12, 2017

2. Complete and upload additional documents in SSS by NAIS

Due dates:
Returning families: Dec. 1, 2016  
New families: Jan. 12, 2017

3. Upload your Tax Return with all attachments in SSS by NAIS account by February 17, 2017.


Contact Us


Mireille Gaonac’h
Student Accounts and Financial Aid
Phone: 415-558-2035
Fax: 415-558-2033


International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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