How To Apply

Congratulations on making a great choice in your child's education!

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year Waitlist only. Please continue to apply. The BASIC Fund will award scholarships periodically through the summer of 2021 if funds become available.

There are two ways to apply for a BASIC Fund Scholarship:

  • Online

    See below for Apply Online and click on ‘Application’ link.

  • By Mail/Fax

    Print PDF version of the application and send along with your complete financial documentation.


If you are an existing BASIC Fund family and would like to apply for a new student, or have previously been awarded a scholarship, please call us to receive an application link.

If you are currently enrolled in our program and looking for information on renewing your scholarship for the 2021-2022 School Year, you will receive an email in early February 2021 on how to renew directly online.

Please note, renewing families that are applying for a new sibling, must submit a new application by the March 31st deadline.

Our scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, determined by household size and income. The awards cover anywhere from 25-75% of a school’s tuition (after financial aid is applied), up to a maximum of $2,500 per student per year.

Participating families are required to contribute to their children’s education and are therefore responsible for costs not covered by the scholarship. The family must pay at least $500 for each school year but may be more.

Scholarships are renewable annually through the 8th grade provided that the family keeps up their portion of the tuition payments, the family remains financially eligible, and the child remains enrolled in an accredited private school.

March 31st
April - October
Application Opens
Application Deadline
Accepting Applications for Waitlist
Program Closed

(Waitlist Closed)

To qualify for tuition assistance families need to meet the following requirements:

  • At least one child from the family will be entering private school for the first time

  • The student will attend a registered private school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma counties in the upcoming school year

  • The student meets all academic and other admission requirements of that school

  • The student will be entering PreK-8th Grade.

  • The family must agree to pay a portion of the tuition, and participate in their children’s education.

  • The family meets the following income eligibility guidelines

If you have any questions about our qualification guidelines please check out our FAQ page, or just contact us.

Household Size Maximum Annual Household Income
  25% of Tuition 50% of Tuition 75% of Tuition
2 $43,100 $32,325 $21,550
3 $54,300 $40,725 $27,150
4 $65,500 $49,125 $32,750
5 $76,700 $57,525 $38,350
6 $87,900 $65,925 $43,950
7 $99,100 $74,325 $49,550
8 $110,300 $82,725 $55,150
9 $121,500 $91,125 $60,750

Household Size includes you, your spouse (if living at the same address) and all other family members living at your address for which you claim financial responsibility.

Household Income includes the total gross income of ALL household members.

Apply Online

2021 BASIC Fund Online Application

Apply Today

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis starting in mid-January 2021, until the application DEADLINE of March 31st has passed.

The earlier you apply the better your chances of receiving a scholarship! Families applying to BASIC Fund must submit a copy of their filed 2019 or 2020 Federal Tax Return (1040 Form). If you do not file Taxes, additional IRS verification of non-filing can be requested.

Complete applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist and will be awarded periodically through the summer of 2021 if funds become available.

Please Note: You must submit a complete 2021 Application to be considered for a scholarship. If any part of the application or financial documentation is incomplete, the submitted date will not be honored. BASIC Fund will inform you if any part of the application is incomplete.



In this section you will find resources for Families and Schools.

We Can Help!

We encourage all of our schools and families to participate in the excellent programs offered by the organizations listed in these pages.

If you’re looking for help with a specific issue please contact us!

We’re here to help!


Resources For Families

Helping families connect with the services they need to ensure their own stability and assist their children in being successful is a very important part of the program.

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The BASIC Fund tries to make the application process as easy as possible, but please visit this page if you have any questions.

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"I thank you for what you have done because you have given us something no one can ever take away: hope and the courage to strive to reach whatever we aspire to be."

-Tammia, a BASIC Fund alumna, and graduate from Ithaca College


Our mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for low-income families around the Bay Area by helping them afford the cost of tuition at the private school of their choice.

Scholarships are available to students entering PreK-8th grade to attend private schools in all nine Bay Area Counties.

The BASIC Fund is a privately funded 501(c)3 organization.

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