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Financial Aid and Affordability

Maintaining socio-economic diversity in our student body is one of our top priorities at Mills College Children's School (MCCS). Compared to other Bay Area independent schools, our annual tuition is lower than most, and our financial aid program helps to make our school accessible to more families by granting awards to those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Still, we recognize that virtually every family makes a considerable financial commitment to be at our school, and our parents, staff, and supporters work diligently each year to raise scholarship funds.

How to Apply

In an effort to ensure the broadest possible use for these funds, we use an outside screening service: School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid, an affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools. This application process, which takes into consideration your family's income as well as your expenses, is used by most private schools in the Bay Area. You may indicate more than one child in your family, and if you are applying to other schools, you may arrange to have the information sent to all of them simultaneously.

Financial aid applications for the 2016–17 school year can be completed online beginning November 2, 2015. You may download more information from SSS here:

Begin Online Application

How to Apply for Financial Aid flyer provides families with helpful tips for completing the PFS and submitting additional documents.

Family Guide to Financial Aid Booklet provides a thorough examination of the types of financial aid, an overview of eligibility, and examples of aid packages. Download Spanish version here

Sign up for an online webinar on a variety of financial aid topics. More helpful tips, workbooks, and guidelines can be found on the SSS website here and here


We give first consideration to applicants who meet our priority deadlines:

  • January 14, 2016, for Elementary School applicants, current MCCS families, Mills College faculty/staff/students, and any family with siblings applying to both Elementary and Infant/Toddler or Preschool programs
  • February 19, 2016, for Infant/Toddler & Preschool applicants

Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered if additional resources are available.

Please designate MCCS as the receptor of your screening results, but do not send your SSS form to us.

Before any award decisions can be made, we require a copy of your most recently completed federal tax return, which can be uploaded to the SSS website or mailed to our office. We will accept 2014 tax returns by the priority deadline, but all awards are considered pending (and could be reduced) until they can be referenced against your 2015 taxes, so we ask that you upload them as soon as they are ready, even after tuition assistance has been awarded and the Enrollment Agreement has been signed. Please note: If your 2015 taxes will better reflect your need for assistance, it is in your best interest to complete your return as early as possible. 

Additional Tuition Assistance

We encourage all families to consider applying for financial support from other groups that provide scholarships to students at private schools, such as:

Child Care Links: Preschool only

4Cs of Alameda County: Preschool only 

The Basic Fund: Elementary School only

The Guardsman: Elementary School only 

Contact Bananas Resource Center for more suggestions. 


For more information, please contact our Admissions Director:

Whitney Walker


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Last Updated: 11/4/15