SBMS devotes significant funds each year to a financial aid budget that helps assist families. In turn, our school community benefits by attracting students that otherwise would not have been able to attend. In fact, approximately 35-40% of our families receive some amount of financial assistance.
Students are awarded financial aid based on demonstrated financial need and the availability of funds. Every family is required to pay some portion of the tuition. Families receiving financial aid are asked to reapply each year. However, once tuition assistance has been awarded, prior recipients are given first preference in subsequent years. To remain eligible, the family must continue to demonstrate financial need and complete the application on time.
We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. Based on the financial information you provide in the Parents’ Financial Statement, SSS gives us an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This estimate is a starting point to help us make fair and objective financial aid decisions. The information provided by SSS allows us to use a uniform methodology to annually assess each family's ability to pay for education.
If you have any questions about the financial aid process, please contact Bridget McIlrath at 805-682-2989, ext. 242 or via email.
Families applying for financial aid must complete the application and submit necessary documents by January 14, 2022 (returning families) or by February 4, 2022 (applicant families). The application for financial aid is due the same date as the admissions application.
Financial aid awards are determined by the Financial Aid Award Committee. Awards are determined in March each year and will be mailed with your child’s admission decision. Please remember that we cannot consider your application for financial aid until all required forms and documents are complete and submitted. Financial aid applications submitted by the above deadlines will be given priority.
Admin & Information Technology / Financial Aid Coordinator
Bridget McILrath Johnson 81
Santa Barbara Middle School
Assistant to Head of School
San Diego State University UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara City College
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