Admission

Tuition and Assistance

2019-20 Tuition

List of 4 items.

Fees

List of 3 items.

  • Included in Tuition

    Books, technology, and Outdoor Education program fees are included in the tuition.
  • Capital Deposits

    An annual refundable capital deposit of $1,000 per enrolled child is required from families with students in Primary through 7th grades. The maximum accrued capital deposit is $10,000 per child, or $15,000 per family, whichever is less. Refunds of the capital deposit principal are made in June of the year of the student’s graduation or departure.
  • Horizon Center: Before and After School Care

    The Horizon Center provides before and after school care.  Primary through 8th grade students must sign in with the Horizon Center if they are on school grounds before and after school. Annual fees are set at a significantly lower rate than the drop-in rate for students that use daycare on a regular basis.

    For more information about before and after school care, please visit the Horizon Center page.

Tuition Assistance

Marin Horizon School is committed to socioeconomic diversity. We seek to make the cost of attending Marin Horizon affordable for families through tuition assistance. Our Tuition Assistance Program also covers a portion of non-tuition expenses including transportation, before and after school care, learning support, and enrichment programs.

On average we distribute $1.4 million in tuition assistance dollars, and approximately 25% of our students receive some form of aid. Tuition assistance amounts range from $2,500 to more than $30,000, with an average award of $22,000.

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  • Tuition Assistance Process and Timeline

    October 2, 2019: SSS Parent Portal opens. Our school code: 4861

    Due on or before Thursday, January 23, 2020: Complete the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Service (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Marin Horizon School uses SSS to assess a family's ability to pay for their child's education.

    The SSS Family Portal is full of helpful resources. Here is a link to their Frequently Asked QuestionsFor assistance with the application process, please refer to the SSS Resource page

    Due by February 6, 2020:  
    All families must upload their 2019 Federal Tax return to their SSS file. Please include all schedules filed. W-2s and/or 1099s must be uploaded directly to SSS. For families who file for an extension, the Tuition Assistance Committee will make awards contingent upon receipt of these documents. If you need to submit taxes late, please contact the admissions office. 

    Sign and upload to SSS IRS form 4506-T. Marin Horizon reserves the right to request copies of the tax returns you filed with the IRS to verify accuracy of the copies that you submit to SSS, and this form allows us to do so. We do not require you, however, to submit a check for the fee payable to the IRS. For detailed information on managing and uploading documents to your SSS online file, please click on this link.
  • Late Applications

    Requests for tuition assistance that are filed after the deadlines will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Renewal

    We grant Tuition Assistance awards for one year. Parents must complete a PFS each year and send it to SSS in accordance with the annual application deadlines. Unless there is a significant change in annual income or available assets, you can expect the approximate level of assistance to be continued from year to year.

Tuition Assistance FAQ

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Is tuition assistance available to students in the preschool program?

    Marin Horizon does not provide tuition assistance to students enrolled in the Toddler Program. However, students enrolled in the Primary program and beyond may apply and potentially receive tuition assistance.
  • What if I cannot afford the application fee for the PFS?

    SSS will automatically apply a fee waiver to eligible families based on the information in the PFS.
  • How is the Required Family Contribution (RFC) calculated?

    The RFC is determined through a methodology developed by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which takes into consideration gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, unusual expenses, family size and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After allowances for basic necessities and taxes, and a cost of living adjustment for the Bay Area, a portion of the remaining funds are considered available for education. The NAIS School & Student Services (SSS) website offers webinars, FAQs, and step-by-step guides that help families understand how tuition assistance awards are calculated.
  • If only one parent is working, will the student be considered for tuition assistance?

    In families where only one parent works outside of the home, the Tuition Assistance Committee may adjust total household income accordingly. If caring for a young child who is not enrolled in school, an infirm or disabled family member, or other special circumstances, the Tuition Assistance Committee will factor this into the tuition assistance award.
  • Does applying for tuition assistance affect chances for admission?

    The Admissions Committee makes decisions on a need-blind basis. Students who are deemed strong candidates for our program will be offered admission, space allowing, regardless of their financial need. Some years, however, the collective need of students qualifying for tuition assistance exceeds available resources, and we cannot offer tuition assistance to all families that qualify. In those instances, admitted students will be placed on a Tuition Assistance waiting list.
  • What if I cannot afford the $1,000 annual capital deposit?

    Capital deposits are waived for those families who receive a tuition assistance award.
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