Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition, Room and Board

Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $20,000 for one semester. This includes room and board. In addition to tuition families are required to pay a $500 activity fee to cover the cost of books, field trips, and other activities throughout the term. Tuition can be paid all at once or with a payment plan that goes the duration of the student's semester. A deposit of 20% of the total tuition is required with the educational contract to hold the space for a student before the semester begins. 


Financial Aid

We are committed to providing The Woolman Semester School experience to a diverse group of students, and we have generous donors who share that commitment. Financial aid is available. Over seventy-five percent of Woolman students receive financial aid, so please don't let cost prevent you from applying.



Frequently Asked Questions

When are your deadlines?

Financial aid applications are considered on a funds available basis with preference given to 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.

How do I apply?

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the prompt to begin your Parent's Financial Statement (PFS). Our school code is 902016.
  3. You will be given a password which will allow you to return to your PFS at a later date before submitting it.
  4. Call SSS at 800.344.8328 with any questions.
The fee for submitting a PFS through SSS is $42. 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

  1. Admission to The Woolman Semester School is granted before considering financial need.
  2. All financial aid awards are based on need as determined by the SSS and the Woolman financial aid committee.
  3. It is essential that applicants complete and file all application forms and required tax forms on time. Late applications may not receive full consideration.
  4. 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.