Affording Synapse

Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 School Year


 We are deeply committed to making a Synapse education affordable and accessible. Synapse School offers comprehensive financial aid packages to provide full access to school programs and community events. We do not want cost to prevent families from attending Synapse School. We understand that applying for financial aid can be challenging and we would be happy to help you through the application process. If you have any questions, contact Dana Story, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid by email.

Apply now for financial aid through SSS by NAIS (School and Student Services for Financial Aid by National Association of Independent Schools). Synapse School takes into consideration the Bay Area’s unique economic conditions during this time and each family's specific financial situation to determine the amount of the financial award.



We understand that your family may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We welcome you to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year at any point in the school year. You can follow the How to Apply directions with your estimated income change. You will be asked to submit supporting documentation such as: 

  1.  A letter from your employer regarding a furlough or layoff
  2.  Determination letter from the state unemployment division 
  3.  Profit and Loss statement from your business(es) that shows the impact of any closures, reduced revenue, etc.  

Please email these documents directly to Dana Story, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid. If these items are unavailable, Synapse’s Financial Aid Office will work with you to determine the best way to confirm your financial need.




  1. Click HERE to go to the SSS by NAIS Family Portal.
  2. Create an Account or Sign In if you already have an account.
  3. Enter the SSS code: 192429 to select Synapse School.
  4. Complete the PFS (Parents’ Financial Statement) Financial Aid Application by February 1, 2021.
  5. Click Pay and submit the processing fee. This fee will be waived by SSS by NAIS and the payment step will be bypassed if qualifications for financial aid are met.
  6. Upload the required documents by February 1, 2021 for current Synapse students or February 12, 2021 for prospective Synapse students:
    1. 2019 1040 tax form with all schedules
    2. 2020 W-2 forms for all parents
    3. 2020 1099 forms, if applicable
    4. 2020 1040 tax form with all schedules, if available

KEY DATES for 2021-2022

PFS application due:
February 1, 2021 for all Financial Aid applicants
Required documents due:
February 1, 2021 for current Synapse students
February 12, 2021 for prospective Synapse students
Decisions notification emailed with enrollment agreements:
early February, 2021 for current Synapse students
March 18, 2021 for prospective Synapse students

Tuition for the 2020-2021 School Year

 Kindergarten  $32,000
 1st - 4th Grades  $34,000
 5th - 8th Grades  $38,000
Tuition may be paid in full or in installments. 

Synapse School admits students of any race, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin. All Students are entitled to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.