Affording a Mirman Experience
Parents choose Mirman because they want the best possible education for their highly gifted child. Considering an independent school education is a significant financial decision. A Mirman School experience balances two principles: robust programming and accessibility across a range of socioeconomic diversity. Tuition is essential to offering all of the things that make Mirman special: engaging, differentiated academic programs; passionate and innovative faculty; thriving arts and athletics programs; and state-of-the-art facilities.
Mirman values and strives for diversity of thought, experiences, and identities within our community. Our families represent a wide range of races, ethnicities, religions, family structures, and walks of life. We understand that giftedness is not confined to children of a particular socioeconomic status, so approximately 13% of our tuition revenue budget is dedicated to support families who have applied for Tuition Assistance each year.
A national leader in its category according to the National Association of Independent Schools, Mirman's tuition assistance program reaches one in six students. In our commitment to socioeconomic diversity, we believe that every Mirman student and family is positively impacted by this program. Mirman continues to evaluate our tuition assistance program to ensure accessibility, affordability, and socio-economic diversity.
2020-2021 Tuition & Fees
Lower School Tuition: $34,480*
Upper School Tuition: $38,180*
Bus Service (optional): $3,300
PSL Fee: $100 (per family)
New Student Fee: $2,250
Technology Fee: $250 (one-to-one laptop program)
Some Additional Costs not included above:
- School and Athletics Uniforms
- Annex (after-school care) / Enrichment Programs / Camp Mirman
- Outdoor Education and other overnight trips
- Cost to attend PSL-sponsored events
* Mirman tuition includes the cost to attend the school, books, a personal laptop for each student, class supplies, early morning care (beginning at 7:15 a.m. daily), athletics teams, and non-overnight field trips
2020-2021 Payment Plans
Annual: pay in one installment due on June 15.
Semi-Annual: pay in two installments, due on June 15 and October 15. A per student processing fee applies of $448 for Lower School and $496 for Upper School.
Monthly: pay in eight monthly installments, beginning June 15 through January 15. A per student processing fee applies of $724 for Lower School and $802 for Upper School.
Tuition Assistance Process
Mirman offers an extensive need-based tuition assistance program. Mirman assesses financial need by asking parents to provide current federal and state tax returns as well as other supporting documents, and to enter their financial information on the School and Student Services for Financial Aid website. Mirman School reviews all applications and determines grants based on the information provided. In some cases, additional information will be requested by the tuition assistance committee. All tuition assistance information is reviewed only by this committee and protected for confidentiality.
Mirman uses the National Association of Independent Schools, School and Student Services (SSS) portal to collect financial documents and calculate each family’s contribution to their child’s education. The first step is entering the SSS application information online. By visiting sssbynais.org, creating an account, and entering the Mirman school code (1501), you can begin the application process by entering your family’s financial information. In some cases, families may be eligible for a fee waiver to apply for Tuition Assistance through SSS. Please see https://www.solutionsbysss.com/fee-waivers/ for additional information.
Please note: For children with parent/guardians who live in separate households or file separate tax returns, we require the below information for each parent/guardian.
Once you have completed the SSS application process, the next step is to upload or mail your financial documents to SSS. We understand that Current Year tax returns will not be completed by January 15, and we request that they be uploaded within one week of the actual filing. (Please note, that returning families that have previously submitted tax return data with SSS do not need to upload Prior Year Tax Returns). Following the instruction on the SSS site, you will need to submit:
- Prior Year Federal Tax Return Form 1040.
- Current Year Federal Tax Return Form 1040 (to be submitted by the original or extended filing date).
- Prior Year State of California Tax Return Form 540.
- Current Year State of California Tax Return Form 540 (to be submitted by the original or extended filing date).
- 2019 and 2020 Form W-2’s
- Bank Statements as of December 31, 2020.
- Prior Year Business Tax Returns, if applicable (Partnership or S-Corps to be submitted by the original or extended filing date).
- Current Year Business Tax Returns, if applicable (Partnership or S-Corps to be submitted by the original or extended filing date).
- IRS form 4506T (signed, but not dated) — available for download here
All financial documents should be submitted to SSS, where they will be maintained on a secure server and made available to Mirman as necessary. Please do not drop off or mail any documents directly to Mirman.
The Tuition Assistance Application must be received by SSS no later than December 15 for returning families and January 15 for applicant families. Preliminary Tuition Assistance awards will be given without the current year return, but we will verify the information upon the submission of the final tax return to SSS.
We're Here to Help!
Mirman understands that, when added to the whirlwind of preparing for a new school year, applying for tuition assistance and submitting financial information can be daunting. Our Admission Office is happy to walk you through the initial steps of the process and answer any questions you might have. For financial related questions please contact us at [email protected], and the Business Office will answer them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
We understand that every families’ financial portfolio is unique so we encourage you to contact us at [email protected] with any specific questions. In general, we encourage the following families who have a financial need to apply:
- Families who are new to Mirman and feel they need Tuition Assistance
- Returning families who have received Tuition Assistance, or
- A current Mirman family who has a change in financial circumstances
- A current Mirman family who has a new sibling attending and feel they need Tuition Assistance
What happens if I am denied tuition assistance?
Any family who is denied tuition assistance has a right to appeal to the tuition assistance committee. Our committee handles these requests on a case by case basis.
If a family enters Mirman school without receiving tuition assistance it is our policy to not provide tuition assistance in the future unless there is a change in financial circumstances.
If I receive a tuition assistance award, can I expect to receive it for future years?
In general, if a family receives a tuition assistance award, they can expect to receive a similar award for their student’s time at Mirman as long as there are no significant changes to a family’s financial position.
In some cases, a one-year award may be given due to a significant limited circumstance (i.e. job loss). A one-year award will be clearly denoted in your tuition assistance notification.
What is covered by Tuition Assistance?
Currently our Tuition assistance covers tuition, overnight trips and new student fees. Generally, tuition assistance does not include after school care, enrichment classes, Camp Mirman, bus or transportation, lunch, uniforms, PSL Fee, technology fee, participation in PSL events and other incidental costs, though additional awards for these costs are available for families receiving a tuition assistance award greater than 75%.
Does everyone who applies and is eligible receive assistance?
Mirman is not able to provide Tuition Assistance for all families that are eligible. The requests for Tuition Assistance have historically exceeded the funds available. Each year, the Board of Trustees approves a Tuition Assistance Budget that the School must adhere to. While the above is true, we encourage families who need Tuition Assistance to apply.
Do I have to reapply for Tuition Assistance every year?
Yes, every family is required to submit their current financial data in the SSS form by the required deadline.
Who needs to complete the SSS form?
All parents or guardians who have a legal right to make decisions on a child’s education need to complete the SSS form.
How is Tuition Assistance determined?
Tuition Assistance applications are evaluated based on the SSS submission. SSS is an independent 3rd party system that is used by most independent schools. SSS makes a recommendation for an award based on your specific financial information. Mirman has a Tuition Assistance Committee made up of a small number of Administrative personnel. This Committee reviews each SSS application and primarily rely on the recommendation from SSS to inform decisions to award or deny a grant. A budget is approved by the Board of Trustees on the amount of Tuition Assistance grants each year. The Committee approves grants up to that amount. Current families on Tuition Assistance are given priority and the remaining funds available are distributed based on the financial needs of the new applicants received. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide 100% of the requested assistance.
Is my Tuition Assistance information confidential?
Yes, all information provided to SSS is highly secured. Those on the Mirman Tuition Assistance Committee are the only individuals reviewing the files, and we keep all information confidential.