Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is tuition assistance available to students in the preschool program?
A: Marin Horizon does not provide tuition assistance to students enrolled in the Toddler Program, with the exception of students of current Marin Horizon faculty and staff. However, students enrolled in the Primary program and beyond may receive tuition assistance.
Q: How is the Required Family Contribution (RFC) calculated?
A: 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
, and step-by-step guides
that help families understand how tuition assistance awards are calculated.
Q: If only one parent is working, will the student be considered for tuition assistance?
A: 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.
Q: What if I cannot afford the application fee for the PFS?
A: SSS will automatically apply a fee waiver to eligible families based on the information in the PFS.
Q: Does applying for tuition assistance affect chances for admission?
A: The Admissions Committee makes decisions on a needblind 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. In those instances, admitted students will be placed on a Tuition Assistance waiting list.
Q: What if I cannot afford the $1,000 annual capital deposit?
A: Capital deposits are waived for those families who receive a tuition assistance award.