An independent school education is a considerable investment for many families. With over $4 million available in need-based grants, about 20% of Priory families receive financial assistance. Priory’s financial aid awards are grants, not loans, meaning they do not need to be repaid. Many financial aid awards cover most tuition and fees. Financial aid at Priory is need-based; like most independent schools in the Bay Area, we do not provide merit-based scholarships. For families receiving significant financial aid, we also provide additional assistance to pay for other required fees (i.e., books).
The size of each family’s financial aid award is based on the determined need and funds available in the school's financial aid budget. Priory partners with Clarity, an organization that provides an independent assessment of each financial aid application. Families receive notice of financial aid awards with their acceptance letters in March. Priory families receiving financial aid are required to reapply for financial aid each year, and awards may be adjusted as family circumstances change.
Since every family has different circumstances governing their financial ability to contribute towards an independent school education, financial aid grants will vary depending on the information and circumstances provided in the financial aid application. Families who believe affording tuition and fees at Priory would cause significant financial hardship are encouraged to apply for financial aid.
Begin the financial aid application process* by clicking on the blue "Financial Aid: Getting Started" button at the top right or go directly to the Clarity homepage
to create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Clarity Application is also mobile-friendly so you can complete it from anywhere. You are also able to save your progress and return at any time. At the end of the application, there is a $55 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools. *Please note that the financial aid application process opens in October for the next school year (e.g., for the 2023-2024 school year the financial aid application is available beginning October 1, 2022).