Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance

The goal of the tuition assistance program is to attract and retain qualified students for whom a Sea Crest education would normally be out of reach. We hope that families will not let the cost of tuition deter them from applying to Sea Crest.

Sea Crest School works closely with Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) in determining awards. FAST represents schools across the country to help assess a family’s ability to pay school costs, and promotes objectivity and consistency in financial aid determinations. All award decisions are based entirely on demonstrated need through this process.

Sea Crest provides tuition assistance as a grant, which is not expected to be repaid to the school. Grants vary in size depending on need.

Application Process


Complete the FAST application online.

If applicable, you may also submit an optional letter to the Director of Finance and Operations at Sea Crest explaining any unusual circumstances about your financial situation. Application deadline for the 2018-19 school year is January 22nd, 2018.


Submit documentation to FAST. 
Families will be notified of award decision at the same time as the admission decision. Deadline to submit documentation for the 2018-19 school year is February 26th, 2018.

  • Signed copies of your 2016 and 2017 tax returns, including all schedules and attachments (for example, 1040, 1065, 1120-S, K-1, 1099 and W-2 forms).
  • Form 4506-T EZ, signed and undated.


Other Resources

Families are encouraged to explore tuition assistance, as well as student loans, lines of credit and home equity loans. Sea Crest does its best to meet the financial needs of its families and expects each family to contribute to the school through tax-deductible financial contributions and/or volunteer hours.

If you have any questions about Sea Crest’s tuition assistance program, please contact:

Kelly Spaeth
Director of Finance and Operations
650.712.9892 x210


Frequently Asked Questions

How is eligibility for tuition assistance determined?
Once students are admitted, the Tuition Assistance Committee reviews the application and determines an appropriate award depending on the family’s particular needs and the School’s tuition assistance policies and budget.

Does my family earn too much money to apply for assistance?
The income levels for families receiving tuition assistance range widely. We strive to make sure that we can meet demonstrated financial need, and families with the same income and the same number of children can receive different aid rewards depending on their individual circumstances.

Will I hurt my child’s chances of admission if I apply for assistance?
No. Tuition assistance applications are filed separately from admissions applications. The Admissions Committee does not know which students are applying for tuition assistance.

Will my child be known as a “scholarship kid” if I apply for and receive assistance?
No. The tuition assistance application process is confidential. Students and faculty do not know which families are receiving tuition assistance.

Is tuition assistance automatically renewed each year?
No. Each family on tuition assistance must reapply for each successive year at Sea Crest. Adjustments are made to the tuition assistance package from one year to the next, depending on changes in the family’s circumstances and the school’s resources.

If I’m divorced or separated, do we both need to submit our financial information?
Yes. Both parents/guardians are expected to contribute to tuition regardless of legal arrangements. Non-custodial parents, as well as parents who are divorced, separated, or never married need to submit the required paperwork.

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