Applying for Financial Aid

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.

The Financial Aid Application opens on October 2, 2023.

This year, we are using Blackbaud Financial Aid Management to process financial aid applications. Based on the financial information you provide on the financial aid application, we will receive 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 allows us to use a uniform methodology to annually assess each family's ability to pay for education.

For detailed instructions and FAQs, please choose the appropriate link on the right side of this page. Be sure to read the instructions carefully.

If you have any questions about the financial aid process, please contact Bridget Fredericks at 805-682-2989, ext. 321 or via email

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  • Deadlines

    Families applying for financial aid must complete the application and submit necessary documents by Friday, January 12, 2024 (returning families) or by Friday, February 2, 2024 (applicant families).

    Financial aid awards are determined by the Financial Aid Award Committee. Awards for applicant families 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.

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    Bridget Fredericks 81

    Santa Barbara Middle School
    Assistant to Head of School / Financial Aid Coordinator / Registrar
    San Diego State University
    UC Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara City College