Affording Serra

We get it.

We understand that a Catholic college preparatory education is a significant investment. We also know that it’s an investment that can transform lives and yield positive, lifelong results. That’s why Serra is dedicated to helping families overcome financial obstacles that might stand in their way of joining the Padre community. 

Just last year, Serra awarded $2.5 million in financial assistance, both merit- and need-based. What’s more, we worked with scores of families to build payment plans that supported their unique financial circumstances. 

Programs & Partnerships

Serra is fortunate to have a number of programs and partnerships that help to make a Serra education affordable for our families. Each year, we award financial aid and academic achievement scholarships to more than 30 percent of our student body.

Saint Junípero Serra Scholars Award - $6,000 (renewal each year)

Saint Junípero Serra Scholars
$6,000 Annual Award

Every year, Serra identifies a select group of incoming freshmen for their remarkable academic and co-curricular achievements. These exceptional Padres are acknowledged as Saint Junípero Serra Scholars. They receive a $6,000 scholarship, which is renewable every year they attend Serra and meet the criteria established for the program. Students are identified by Serra’s Admissions Committee. Click here for more information.

Archdiocese Scholarship (Archdiocese of San Francisco) - $1,800

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 it is part of the TADS application process. This form can be downloaded during completion of the TADS forms.

Irish Cultural Center of California - $750

  • Applications available February 1, 2018 and will be due March 17, 2018.
  • Qualifications include a submitted application, teacher recommendation and written essay (topic set by organization).
  • Finalists will be required to attend a short interview.
  • Eighth-graders are invited to apply and can receive $750 toward their high school tuition.
  • High School seniors also can apply and can receive $1,000 toward their college tuition.

Contact: Peggy Nevin – Scholarship Coordinator

Bay Scholars - $3,500 each year for four years

Bay Scholars enables low-income scholars to flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools.

Applications are available on the Bay Scholars website and are due Monday, February 5, 2019.

  • Completed application
  • Applicants must submit a copy of the Federal tax return or current income documents
  • A principal’s recommendation form must be completed by February 5, 2019
  • Applicants will be notified the week of March 19, 2019.

Contact: Caitlin Curran Kavanaugh

William C. Cody Scholar Foundation - $3,000 - $5,000 (depending on availability of funds)

The William C. Cody Scholar Foundation actively seeks applicants who are eligible to participate in the foundation’s development program. All scholarship recipients must submit a scholarship application and be determined eligible by the foundation’s acceptance board.

  • Student must currently be in eighth or ninth grade
  • Family submits and demonstrates financial need
  • Student and family have completed and submitted the foundation’s application requirements

Sister Sylvia Hamilton, PBVM, Presentation Alumnae High School Scholarship Fund - $2,000

Tuition assistance is available to students who have an affiliation with any of the three former schools:

  • Presentation High School, San Francisco
  • Presentation High School, Berkeley
  • Our Lady of Loretto High School, Los Angeles

The application information is listed in the March edition of the Alumnae newsletter. The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Contact: Helen M.Z. Harwood, Director of Development and Director of Alumnae, Sisters of the Presentation.

Elementary Schools – Eighth Grade Awards

Many elementary schools offer award opportunities for eighth-graders who are applying to Catholic high schools. Check with your elementary school to see if there are upcoming opportunities.

Saint Paul High School Alumnae Association

Alumnae who wish to apply for Tuition Assistance should request an information packet by writing to:

SPHS Alumnae
Attention: Tuition Assistance Committee
221 Valley Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

Must include the following when requesting a packet:

1) Name of the child or grandchild
2) Name (married and maiden) and year of graduation of the Alumna(e) of SPHS

* Alumna(e) must be a dues paying member
* Scholarship information will be in the March edition of the Alumnae newsletter

Raising a family in the Bay Area is not easy. Many families need two incomes, and parents often have multiple jobs. Maryann made us feel at ease. She listened to our concerns and offered advice and solutions. An affordable plan was set up for our family, and we are extremely grateful. We have been given a gift, and we will cherish that gift every day. If you are not sure whether or not you can afford to send your son to Serra, please meet with Maryann. It’s not a job for her–it’s personal."

- Grateful parents of a Serra sophomore


Just one family's story  . . .


Meet Director of
Tuition and Financial Aid
Maryann O'Leary

Maryann has been working with Serra families for more than 19 years to help make a Serra education a possibility for their sons. We encourage you to contact her directly with any questions you have about ways to obtain financial aid and to manage tuition payments.

Direct line: 650.645.6404

2019-20 Tuition: $22,850
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.

Flexible Tuition Payment Plans:

We want to make a Serra education accessible. That is why we also offer flexible payment plans tailored to your family's needs. Just ask.  We are here to help.