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Tuition Assistance

Making it all possibleTo promote access for qualified students who may not be able to consider Pacific Ridge for financial reasons, the school provides tuition assistance. We have a generous assistance budget and allocate more than 3.5 million dollars annually. As a result, a Pacific Ridge education is possible for families of varying financial resources, and our financial aid recipients represent a wide range of income levels.

In this video, former Director of Enrollment Jenny Bjornstad and Tuition Assistance Manager Jenn De la Cruz provide helpful insights into the Tuition Assistance process.

How Tuition Assistance Works

Families requesting tuition assistance apply at the same time as they apply for admission to Pacific Ridge School, with both applications due by February 1. Tuition assistance applications are made to a third party organization run by the Independent School Management's Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). A FAST form will assist the school's determination of a family's ability to afford the costs of private education. The link to the FAST application will be available on this site after November 1st.

The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions first, without knowledge of tuition assistance requests. The Business Office then allocates the tuition assistance grants to the accepted students based on demonstrated need and the dollars available in the school’s assistance budget.

Pacific Ridge gives more than $3.5 million each year in tuition assistance for about 30% of its students.


Considering Your Options

We know from our alumni that a Pacific Ridge education can be a transformative experience. Making the experience financially feasible takes careful planning. It may be beneficial to look at a combination of options when formulating a strategy for paying tuition such as payment plans and, if qualified, tuition assistance. We have also found that grandparents, other relatives, and close friends often welcome the opportunity to provide financial help toward an independent school education. Students from families representing a wide range of incomes attend Pacific Ridge, and we want to help you take advantage of all opportunities for assistance. Please contact Admissions to discuss the options available for financing a Pacific Ridge education.

An independent school education may be the best investment you can make for your child.