Tuition and Financial Aid
Total costs for tuition, activity fees (books, field trips, and events), room, and board for the 2015-2016 school year is on a sliding scale that ranges from $5,000 to $20,500 for the semester. Equity and accessibility are of utmost importance to The Woolman Semester. We have a need-blind admission process and we work with each family to find a tuition price point that works. To that end, there are also some limited scholarship resources that can cover all or part of the minimum tuition for a few students each semester. To get a sense of what you and/or your family might pay, here are a few examples:
Note — We use School & Student Services (see below) to help inform our conversations about tuition, which takes into account income, what you own (your house and other investments), what you owe (your mortgage and other debts), the size of your family, and family members that are enrolled in other tuition-charging schools. There are a lot of factors, so what you see below are simplified cases, but we hope it gives you an idea of the range of financial aid we typically offer. Over 80% of our students receive financial aid.
- A student who comes from a family where their parents make a combined income of $60,000/year, rent an apartment for $1,000/month, have few assets, and only have one dependent (the student applying), may pay between $1,500 and $4,000.
- A student who comes from a family where there is a single wage earner that makes $75,000/year, has a mortgage of $20,000/year, a car, and two dependents, may pay between $2,500 and $6,500.
- A student who comes from a family where their parents make a combined income of $125,000/year, have $200,000 in assets (including bank accounts and home equity), $100,000 in retirement funds, 2 cars, and three dependents, where one dependent already has tuition costs of $25,000/year, may pay between $8,000 and $12,000.
- A student who comes from a family where their parents make a combined income of $100,000/year, have $500,000 in retirement plans, $500,000 in assets, and two dependents, may pay between $10,000 and $15,000.
- A student who has $30,000 in assets and comes from a family where their parents make a combined income of $100,000/year, have $350,000 in assets, and two dependents, may pay between $11,000 and $16,000.
- A student who comes from a family where their parents make a combined income of $160,000/year, have $500,000 in retirement funds, $800,000 in assets, and two dependents, may pay between $18,500 and $20,500.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are your deadlines?
Financial aid applications are considered on a rolling basis but we appreciate applications submitted by March 15th for the fall semester and by October 15th for the spring semester.
When will I hear if I will be receiving financial aid?
Following acceptance to The Woolman Semester School, financial aid decisions will be made in March/April for Fall and October/November for Spring. If your application is submitted after the deadlines, we will assess on a case by case basis.
Calculating Financial Aid
Woolman uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. Based on the financial information each family provides, SSS provides our school with an estimated amount each family can contribute to educational expenses. This helps us make fair and objective financial aid decisions. We then talk with each family about their personal financial situations, to hear and consider more than just the facts and numbers provided by SSS.
How do I apply?
- Go to School & Student Services — http://sss.nais.org/
- Click on the prompt to begin your Parent's Financial Statement (PFS). Our school code is 902016.
- You will be given a password which will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it.
- Call SSS at 800.344.8328 with any questions.
The fee for submitting a PFS through SSS is $42. If this is a finanical burden, please contact Woolman for a possible fee waiver. If you have any questions as you apply, feel free to contact the SSS Customer Service Center. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
How do I pay tuition?
Payments can be made by credit card: click here to pay tuition online
Payments can also be made by writing a check to:
The Woolman Semester School
13075 Woolman Ln.
Nevada City, CA 95959
Woolman Financial Aid Policies
- Admission to The Woolman Semester School is granted before considering financial need.
- All financial aid awards are based on need as determined by the SSS and the Woolman financial aid committee.
- It is essential that applicants complete and file all application forms and required tax forms on time. Late applications may not receive full consideration.
- In cases of divorce or separation, each parent should complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS). The family contribution is based on both parents' ability to meet educational expenses.
All financial aid records are kept confidential.