YES Tuition

At Drew, your tuition will never go up.

While other schools will pass along annual tuition increases averaging 4.5%, Drew’s YES Tuition (Year of Entry Set) program means tuition stays the same all four years of high school so you can plan and ultimately save money.

Financial aid awards must be applied for each year, and the amount awarded is based on your need. While the amount paid by families on financial aid may change, the actual tuition will not.

Tuition for families entering in the 2019-2020 school year is $49,500 and includes books, materials, equipment, and athletic uniforms. A required, non-refundable 10% deposit is due with the enrollment deposit.

This chart shows Drew’s tuition versus the average tuition of our peer schools in San Francisco. Drew’s tuition stays the same for the duration of your high school career, while our peer schools raise their tuition each year by an average of 4.5%.

Tuition Payment Plans

Drew offers 1, 2 and 10 payment plan options.

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  • One-Pay Plan

    After the initial enrollment deposit, one subsequent payment is due to FACTS on June 1.
  • Two-Pay Plan

    After the initial enrollment deposit, two subsequent payments are due to FACTS on June 1 and November 1—each 50% of the total tuition.
  • Monthly Payment Plan

    After the initial enrollment deposit, one payment is due to FACTS each month, beginning May 1 and ending February 1—each 10% of total tuition.

Financial Aid

Drew is committed to maintaining socioeconomic diversity by helping families afford Drew's college-preparatory education. Forty percent of Drew students receive some level of need-based financial support. Each family's financial situation is unique, and Drew takes care to consider every application carefully.
Financial aid decisions are made entirely independent of the admissions process.

Drew partners with NAIS' Student and School Services (SSS) to collect and analyze your financial information online. This service is widely used by independent schools and is proven to be secure and user-friendly.

To learn more and prepare for your application, visit, or contact SSS directly at 800.344.8328.

If you have any questions about Financial Aid, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Admissions Joanna Lovett at or 415. 430. 3771.

Financial Aid Process

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  • Complete the PFS and upload 2018 tax documents

    Financial aid applicants and returning students must submit a Parent’s Financial Aid Statement (PFS) and all tax documents for 2018 to SSS by January 9, 2020. No financial aid awards can be offered without a completed financial aid application. Click here to complete the PFS form.

    Drew's SSS code is 2888.
  • Upload 2019 tax documents

    Your 2019 tax documents must be uploaded to SSS by Feb. 10. You will be required to submit your Form 1040, supporting schedules and W-2s or 1099 by the deadline.

    SSS will accept your documents either uploaded directly to the SSS site or mailed to SSS.
  • Decision deadline

    Notice of financial aid awards will accompany letters of acceptance and will be mailed March 20, 2020, and your response is due by March 26, 2020.  (Re-enrollment agreements are mailed in February.)

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do you grant financial aid?

    Drew's Financial Aid Committee distributes financial aid based on demonstrated need. On average, Drew grants more than $2 million in financial aid to support families as they pursue their educational goals.
  • What is the typical amount of financial aid?

    Each family is evaluated individually, so there is to 'typical' amount of aid. The range of financial aid awarded to Drew families spans from less than 10% of tuition to nearly 100%. The process of awarding financial aid is very deliberate and based on the assumption that each family who enrolls is using their own resources to the maximum possible extent. 
  • Do families with two households need to file two Parent Financial Statements?

    Yes, each year all parents must complete an application unless there is a court order granting one parent sole physical and legal custody. Consideration of the other custodial or non-custodial parent’s financial status is based upon the belief that a family’s contribution for education is a reflection of the family’s ability to pay, not the willingness to pay.
  • What if my financial circumstances change between January and March?

    If other sources of financial support make it possible for you to enroll without financial aid and you have been offered enrollment, you must contact Joanna Lovett, Director of Admissions or 415.430.3771.

    Drew operates under the assumption that families who apply for financial aid cannot enroll without this support. Decisions about enrollment must meet the March 2020 deadline.
  • Will my financial aid change next year?

    It may. Drew's financial aid is extended to families based on need. Applications are submitted annually so that Drew can assess for an increase or decrease in your grant based on current needs.
  • Will applying for financial aid impact the admission decision?

    No. Drew manages the admission process separately from the financial aid process. The Admissions Committee works to assess candidates for readiness and best fit for Drew's community and program. The Financial Aid Committee works separately to distribute our limited funds to families based on need.
  • Should I mail my application to Drew?

    No, the application should be completed online through SSS and all tax documents should be submitted directly to SSS.

Admissions Timeline & Contacts

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  • September 2019

    Student visits begin
  • September to December 2019

    Open Houses
    Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Monday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

    Parent/Guardian Coffees
    • Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    Regional Receptions
    Dates TBA

    School Fairs
    SF Independent School High School Fair
    Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m.
    This fair is for eighth-grade students who are currently attending independent schools.

    Marin High School Fair
    Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Location: Marin Catholic School
    This fair is for eighth-grade students in the Marin area to gather information and listen to presentations by private/independent high schools.

    Public and Parochial School Fair #1
    Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School
    Register here. This fair is for eighth-grade students who are currently attending public or parochial schools.

    Please note that the school fairs are structured in this way due to capacity issues. We ask that you respect the intentionality behind each fair.
  • January 9, 2020

    Application and Financial Aid Application due
  • March 20, 2020

    Decisions released online at 4 p.m.
    (Hard copy decisions postmarked March 19, 2020)
  • March 23, 2020

    Revisit Week begins for admitted students who want to see Drew in person one more time.
  • March 26, 2020

    Financial Aid family enrollment agreements due at noon
  • March 27, 2020

    General enrollment agreements due at noon
  • May 7, 2020

    New Family Night
    6 p.m. at Drew

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Drew admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Drew follows the best practices as outlined by the Bay Area Admission Directors Group.

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