Financial Aid

The Bishop’s School is rooted in the Episcopal values of integrity, inclusion, compassion and justice. It is our mission to provide access and affordability to all qualified students regardless of family background and structure, religion, ethnicity, financial ability or geographic location. 

Bishop’s empowers students to learn, lead and act with open hearts and minds, engage in meaningful dialogue and pursue their passions across disciplines. If this sounds like a community you would like your student to be a part of give us a call so we may walk you through the financial aid process.

How to Apply

All forms for new financial aid applicants must be submitted no later than February 1, 2019. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a funds-available basis. To assist in processing financial aid applications, The Bishop’s School uses School and Student Services. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. 

  1. Complete and upload the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) to the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). Please submit your PFS online. Online PFS forms can be accessed by the director of financial aid within 24 hours of submission.  
  2. Upload copies of your full 2017 Federal Tax form (1040) and any changes in your estimated 2018 Federal Tax form (1040) including all schedules filed and W-2 forms to SSS with your PFS.
  3. If applicable, the non-custodial parent should also complete and submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) to SSS online and upload corresponding Federal Income Tax forms.
  4. If applicable, parents who are self-employed must also upload a Business and Farm Statement to SSS. The form is available with other forms and documents on the SSS web site. Bishop's may request additional business tax documents as needed.
Questions or concerns regarding financial aid should be addressed to Kim Cooper, director of admissions and financial aid, at (858) 875-0809 or email kim.cooper@bishops.com.

Financial Aid FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What is financial aid?

    Financial aid is a financial award based on a methodology using a third party, School and Student Services. The parent financial statement takes into consideration a family’s assets and liabilities and several other important factors to calculate an appropriate level of need. It is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. One might think of the financial award as a decrease in tuition.
  • What if parents are single, separated, divorced or remarried?

    The Financial Aid Committee expects that all custodial and non-custodial parents be financially responsible for their child’s education. Therefore, all parents are required to complete the Parents Financial Statement, though parents not in the same household will have their own confidential portal. 
    If a parent has remarried, the assets of that parent will be considered along with those of the natural parents; individual circumstances are taken into consideration.
  • Are merit-based or athletic scholarships available?

    No. Financial aid is based entirely on demonstrated financial need.
  • Are all requests for financial aid met?

    Unfortunately, no. The collective need of accepted students whose families qualify for financial aid may exceed the School’s financial aid budget. From year to year, Bishop’s may not be able to fully fund the need of all deserving students.
  • Does financial aid cover fees over and above tuition?

    Yes. A student will receive some aid for the following expenses: books, uniforms and transportation. Students may apply for financial assistance for unique international travel opportunities and co-curricular events. The covered expenses will be funded using specific allowances (uniforms and books) or reimbursements equal to the percentage granted for tuition (transportation).
  • How is the consideration of the application made?

    The Financial Aid Committee reviews all completed forms and the PFS (Parents' Financial Statement). The Committee also takes into account other mitigating factors such as local cost of living, unusual compulsory family expenses and unforeseen financial changes such as loss of a business or job. Thus, it is helpful to explain any extenuating circumstances regarding financial need in the space provided in the PFS form and also in a separate letter to the director of admissions and financial aid, explaining the family's particular financial situation.
  • If a family receives a financial aid award the first year will they expect approximately the same level of aid in future years?

    Yes, provided your financial situation does not change. However, financial aid is reviewed and awarded each year independently of the year prior. Families must submit information on a Parents Financial Statement (PFS) to School and Student Services (SSS) and all corresponding documents to TBS establishing need for each academic year. Often the demand for financial aid exceeds the funds allocated. As such, the School may not be able to meet the needs of all new or currently enrolled families.


Questions or concerns regarding financial aid should be addressed to Kim Cooper, director of admissions and financial aid, at (858) 875-0809 or email kim.cooper@bishops.com.

Additional Information

Additional resources to ensure that your financial aid application is complete can be found here.
THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL     7607 La Jolla Boulevard     La Jolla, CA 92037     (858) 459-4021
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.