Tuition and Financial Aid

At Serra, we understand that the cost of a college preparatory education is a significant investment for prospective families. That is why we have developed a strong Financial Aid program designed to help those families who, even with their sacrifices, are unable to afford full tuition.

Financial Aid applications are considered separately and do not affect decisions for admission. We offer need-based and merit-based opportunities for financial aid and strive to help as many families as possible. We are committed to working with families to clarify the financial aid process and explain financing options.

Applying for Financial Aid

Serra utilizes the services of TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) to help determine a family’s eligibility for financial aid. All required documentation and payment must be sent directly to TADS.

Serra is committed to preserving confidentiality throughout the financial aid process. Therefore, the school requires that all recipients of financial aid sign a letter of acceptance and confidentiality agreement.

First priority for financial aid will be given to applicants who have submitted completed applications by the required deadline. Late or incomplete applications are at risk for full consideration.

Need assistance?

You may contact TADS for assistance completing the application or to check application status. TADS does not have award information.

Click here to email:
P: 800.477.8237 / Fax: 612.548.3326

Mailing address:

110 N. 5th Street, Second Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Archdiocese Scholarship

In addition to Serra’s Financial Aid program, the Archdiocese of San Francisco has set up a scholarship program. We encourage all financial aid applicants to apply.

The Clergy Recommendation form is required in order to apply for the Archdiocese Scholarship and is part of the TADS application process. This form can be downloaded during completion of the TADS forms.

St. Junípero Serra Scholars
$6,000 Annual Award

Every year, Serra identifies a select group of incoming freshmen whose academic and co-curricular achievements truly stand out. These exceptional young Padres are acknowledged as St. Junípero Serra Scholars. They will receive a $6,000 scholarship, renewable each year they attend Serra and meet the criteria established for the program. Students are identified by Serra’s Admissions Committee to receive this honor. Click here for more information.

2017-18 Tuition: $20,675
Registration Fee: $750
Academic Resource Center Supplemental Fee: $2,000

Parents currently have the option of choosing from one of three payment plans:

Yearly:One payment due in July
Semester:Two payments due in July and December
Monthly:10 payments made each month: July through April*

*Families that choose the 2-pay or 10-pay plan must have the tuition payments automatically debited from their bank accounts. We do not accept credit cards for tuition payments.

Maryann O'Leary

Maryann O'Leary

Titles: Financial Aid Manager
Departments: Business Office, Financial Aid
Phone Numbers:
School: 650-345-8207 ext. 119

Financial Aid FAQs

When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for returning families to apply is November 3, 2017. The deadline for incoming 9th graders to apply is February 9, 2018.

Late applications will be considered, if there are still funds available.

Should I wait until my child is accepted before applying for Financial Aid?

No. A common misconception among first-time applicant families is that they should wait to hear about their child’s admission before applying for Financial Aid. Under no circumstances is it recommended that you wait, due to the timing of the admission notification which falls after the financial aid deadline. There is a risk that funds will have already been allocated by this time.

What are the expectations regarding divorced or separated families requesting Financial Aid?

Serra’s Financial Aid Committee has mandated that the school must consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award of Financial Aid. The school cannot be bound by the claim that one parent denies responsibility for educational expenses. In view of this policy, both natural parents, are required to complete the Financial Aid application form and to provide financial information. In addition, it is the responsibility of the primary custodial parent to ask the non-custodial parent to fill out the additional application.

Until this information is provided, the Financial Aid application will be considered incomplete and the School will be unable to make a decision on the application. If either parent has remarried or is living with another adult who is contributing to the household income, the School will consider the assets of the stepparent or live-in person, always bearing in mind that the primary responsibility for payment rests with the natural parents.

What is the School’s expectation regarding a non-working parent?

Both parents are expected to make every attempt to contribute financially to the education of their child. If there is a non-working spouse in a family with no children below school age, the School’s policy requires that a statement be provided explaining why.

Does Serra offer full tuition assistance?

Our program is designed to help those families who, even with their sacrifices, are unable to afford full tuition. You should expect to pay something as a private school education is a partnership between the school and the family.

Are all requests for financial aid met?

Each year, Serra receives more requests for assistance than the budget allows. While we strive to provide assistance to all qualified applicants, unfortunately Serra is not able to fund all students who have demonstrated need. Some applicants may be placed on the Financial Aid waiting list.

Financial Aid Policies

Financial Aid Policies

  • All recipients are required to sign a letter of acceptance and confidentiality.
  • Students who have siblings at other tuition-charging schools are required to apply for financial assistance at all other private educational institutions where siblings attend.
  • Serra reserves the right to rescind or adjust an award should it be determined that a family’s financial situation is materially different than that conveyed in the application.
  • Families must notify Serra within 30 days if there are material differences which occur during the course of the year (i.e., new job, bonus, salary increase or decrease, job loss disability, etc.)
  • Mid-year adjustments will be made on a case-by-case basis should materially different information be discovered.
  • Awards may be revoked if student or family breaches the confidentiality clause.
  • Awards are not final until the applicant’s final signed tax return is received.
  • Students must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing, and must be current on their Christian Service requirement and be current on their tuition payment plans in order to be considered for renewal of an award.
  • All applicants must sign an IRS form 4506T (signature only - not dated).