Admission

Financial Assistance

Affording a Sage Hill Education

Sage Hill is committed to creating a diverse school community. To ensure a student body that demographically represents Orange County in all ways, Sage Hill’s Financial Assistance Program adjusts tuition and fees according to a family’s ability to pay. The program is comprehensive and applies to tuition and other student fees.
 
We understand the cost of an independent school education stands as a significant barrier for many families. Last year, Sage Hill allocated over $2.8 million in FA grants, and 14% of our families received some form of financial assistance.

Who should apply?
Families who are actively seeking a Sage Hill education for their child but are concerned about affordability should consider the Financial Assistance Program. It is difficult to define a typical financial assistance candidate, as each family has a unique financial situation. Sage Hill aims to meet the demonstrated need of each family. 

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees
$44,170 

Sage Hill’s generous financial assistance program also helps cover some or all of additional expenses such as books and supplies, meals, co-curricular programs, transportation and Spring at Sage.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

Families New to Sage Hill

List of 3 items.

  • Step 1 - Prepare for Application Process

    Start preparing your 2021 tax returns as soon as possible, and check with your employer if early W-2 & K-1 forms are available.

    These worksheets will help you prepare for the financial assistance application:

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  • Step 2 - Meet with the Admission Office

    During your student’s admission interview, meet with Sage Hill’s admissions team to learn about our Financial Assistance Program. Feel free to give us a call at (949) 219-1330 if you have any questions throughout the process
  • Step 3 - Submit Complete Application to TADS

    Complete the Financial Assistance Application and submit signed 2021 personal (and business) tax returns to TADS by the February 15, 2022 deadline.

    Click here to apply at tads.com
    Haga click aquí para solicitar a tads.com

Families Returning to Sage Hill

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  • Step 1 - Complete and Submit TADS Application

    Navigate to the TADS website: 

    Click here to apply at tads.com
    Haga click aquí para solicitar a tads.com

    Start preparing your 2021 tax returns as soon as possible, and check with your employer if early W-2 & K-1 forms are available.
    These worksheets will help you prepare for the financial assistance application:

    Click here to apply at tads.com Haga click aqui para la hoja de trabajo

    Complete and submit the Financial Assistance Application (not including your 2021 tax returns) through TADS by Monday, December 6, 2021.
  • Step 2 - Grant Decisions Announced

    In late January 2022, returning families will receive their re-enrollment contracts. Financial assistance grant decisions will be communicated at same time as re-enrollment.
  • Step 3 - File Taxes Early & Submit to TADS

    Be prepared to file your 2021 taxes before our February 15, 2022 financial assistance application deadline.  Data verification will be done at this time and your grant amount may fluctuate if there are data inconsistencies.
Please note that all applications for financial assistance will be considered at the same time if they are received by the due date.
Funding late financial assistance applications may not be possible.  


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How does Sage Hill decide who pays what?

    There are several key factors in determining a family’s financial strength and, therefore, a financial assistance award. Within each category, you will find typical items. 

    Assets
    Family assets may include: taxable wages, if self-employed, income drawn as salary but not included as business profit, taxable dividend and/or interest income, alimony received, pensions, annuities, rent, royalties, estates or trusts, household expenses paid by separated or divorced spouse in lieu of alimony, unemployment compensation, capital gains, 2021 taxable IRA distributions, profits from a business, child support received, Social Security benefits, real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, and investments.

    Expenses and Debt
    Typical expenses and debt include: educational expenses, medical/dental expenses, debts for investments, encumbrances against home, unemployment, prolonged illness, past business debts, uninsured natural disasters, legal fees, nursing home/assisted living care, closing costs for home purchases/refinancing, child support, costs for a child with special needs, and child care. 

    Filing Status
    Filing status: divorced, separated, never married, and widowed. Awards will not be considered unless complete financial information is received from both parents or guardians. If parents are separated, divorced, or never married, both parents/guardians are required to complete the financial assistance application. 

    Number of Private School or College Tuitions Currently Being Supported 
    A student’s financial assistance award takes into account the number of family members (including adults) attending any tuition-charging elementary school, middle school, high school, or college.
  • If we apply for financial assistance, will it affect our child’s application for admission?

    No. The Admissions Committee considers an applicant based on their own merit. A family’s financial situation is neither considered nor discussed in Admission committee deliberations. 
  • Will all students eligible for financial assistance receive it?

    Unfortunately, no. Every year there are more qualified applicants for aid than available funds. There is a waitlist in the event that funds become available. 
  • Is preference given to any particular group?

    While currently enrolled Sage Hill students receive priority, no other outside factor affects the distribution of aid. However, any qualified financial assistance application completed after our deadline of February 15 will automatically be placed on the financial assistance waitlist.
  • Are there opportunities for merit-based scholarships?

    No, all financial assistance at Sage Hill is need-based.
  • Is my information kept confidential?

    Financial assistance applications are only reviewed by the Financial Assistance Committee. The school safeguards the confidentiality of financial assistance applications, records, and decisions while respecting the right of each family to discuss its own financial assistance outcomes in an appropriate manner.
  • Do I have to reapply for financial aid each year?

    Yes, all financial assistance recipients must reapply for financial assistance every year. Awards are given for one academic year at a time. A family whose financial situation remains relatively unchanged can generally expect the same percentage of their tuition to be covered by financial assistance from year-to-year. For current Sage Hill families, all future financial assistance awards are contingent upon payment of the prior year’s account. Financial aid application materials are available in early November and the application for returning families must be submitted by Monday, December 6.
  • I’m a stay-at-home parent and do not work outside the home. Will my family still be considered for financial aid?

    In order for the school to treat families with stay-at-home parents equitably compared to families in which all parents work outside the home, Sage Hill typically attributes a small income for stay-at-home parents to the financial aid calculations. Exceptions to this policy may occur if a parent is caring for a child not yet of school age, a child with a disability, a seriously ill child, parent, or grandparent or if a parent is disabled and cannot work. Please inform the Financial Aid Committee in writing of these circumstances at the time of your initial application by disclosing your situation in the TADS application. 
  • If I still have questions about financial aid, who should I contact?

    Please contact Leyla Hanjan at hanjanl@sagehillschool.org or (949) 219-1330. We are happy to help with the financial assistance process.


Financial Assistance Timeline

Monday, December 6, 2021: Deadline for returning families to submit financial assistance application 

Friday, January 21, 2022: Financial assistance grants announced for returning families with enrollment contracts for the 2022-2023 school year

Thursday, February 3, 2022: Re-enrollment contracts due for all returning families

Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Deadline for new families to submit complete financial assistance application

Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Deadline for returning families to submit supporting financial assistance documents

First Week of March 2022: Admission decisions and financial assistance grants for new families announced

Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Enrollment contracts due for new families

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