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Financial Assistance

Tehiyah Day School is a Jewish community day school of socio-economically diverse students and families with a commitment to academic excellence. The Board of Trustees recognizes that socio-economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all families and that the participation of a wide range of families is critical to the health of the school.

Tehiyah is committed to making our school accessible and affordable to all. In addition to our own commitment, and in support of the belief in the essential need for Jewish education, several foundations and individuals partner with Tehiyah to assist us in providing as much accessibility as is possible within our resource constraints.

The Indexed Tuition Program (ITP) allows us to offer a range of tuitions. The purpose of the ITP is to provide an education opportunity to students whose families need support in order to attend Tehiyah. ITP is strictly need based. We recognize that each family’s financial situation is unique, and the Indexed Tuition Committee takes into consideration the amount of reduced tuition each family is qualified to receive, based on many factors.

To assist us in objectively assessing what a family is able to pay for tuition, we have enlisted the help of a third party, the School and Student Service division of the National Association of Independent Schools (SSS by NAIS). We use the SSS figures as the baseline for our ITP determinations, taking into consideration our school’s policies and the resources available for returning students as well as applicant families.

All information is kept strictly confidential. In order for the Indexed Tuition Committee to distribute funds equitably, applicant families must meet all stated deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines can seriously impact a family’s financial assistance amount.



To apply for participation in the ITP:

  1. Complete your SSS file by submitting the online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) at SSS: http://sssbynais.org. When prompted, please enter the Tehiyah code which is 7627.
    1. New this year: if your family qualifies for a fee waiver, it will be applied automatically by SSS. There is no longer a need to request a fee waiver. Waivers are awarded by SSS based on family income.
  2. Upload 2014 tax returns to SSS
    1. Please note that no applications or tax returns will be accepted at Tehiyah. All financial data is to be uploaded to SSS.
    2. If you uploaded 2014 taxes last year, this step is already done!
  3. Upload signed undated Form 4506-T to your family file at SSS
  4. Please note that your file is not complete until all three steps are done. Incomplete files will not be considered by the Committee.
  5. By April 15, upload 2015 tax returns. Awards are contingent within reasonable parameters upon verification of PFS data to 2015 tax returns.
Due Dates in 2017


Please note that failure to meet deadlines can seriously impact a family’s participation in ITP.

  • January 15 – Continuing student applications due (PFS, 2014 tax returns, Form 4506-T)
  • February 22 – Continuing student appeals due
  • February 22 – New student applications due (PFS, 2014 tax returns, Form 4506-T)
  • February 29 – Continuing student contracts/ITP acceptances due with deposit; awards will not be held past this date and funds will be reallocated to other students
  • March 14 – New student appeals due
  • March 18 – New student contracts/ITP acceptances due with deposit; awards will not be held past this date
  • April 15 – 2015 tax returns or extension forms due for all students


Tehiyah adheres to the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid in administering its Indexed Tuition Program. http://www.nais.org/Series/Pages/Financial-Aid-Administration.aspx. The Indexed Tuition Committee strives to make decisions that maintain economic balance and diversity within the school. Priority is given to returning students and their siblings, balanced with meeting the needs of new families, based on each family’s financial need and available funding. There are no 100% grants. The financial needs of the school may influence indexed tuition decisions.

Families are required to apply for other available sources of funds for which they qualify (e.g. The Basic Fund or the Guardsmen Scholarship Program). For Basic Fund eligibility and requirements please visit http://basicfund.org/. For Guardsmen, please visit https://guardsmen.org/programs/scholarship-program/.

ITP applications from continuing families with delinquent accounts from prior years will not be considered.

If a parent of a school-age child chooses not to work, additional income of up to $25,000 may be imputed and added to the calculation.

In addition to the legal parent(s)/guardian(s), domestic partners and other responsible adults living in the household are expected to provide full financial information to SSS.

Two-household families: The school will consider the assets of both parents before determining eligibility for the ITP and will not be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. In the case of remarriage, the school will also consider the assets of the stepparent, keeping in mind the obligation of that stepparent to his or her own children.

It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to complete the PFS. This information is confidential and neither the school nor SSS will disclose financial information about one parent to the other parent.

Financial need is not a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. If a child is accepted and the family qualifies for ITP but funds are not available, the space will be held and the student will be placed in the Indexed Tuition Wait Pool for a limited period, in case additional funds become available.

The ITP is available for tuition only; no other school programs or fees are eligible for reduction.


For assistance with the SSS forms and procedures, please contact the SSS by NAIS support line at 800-344-8328. For assistance with Basic Fund or Guardsmen scholarships, please contact those organizations directly. For questions about Tehiyah’s policies and procedures, please contact Linda Riff, Interim CFO, in the Business Office at Tehiyah: gro.hayihet@ffirl or 510-233-3013 ext 103. Email is preferred.

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