How To Apply

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

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 School Year. New applications for the 2025-2026 School Year will be available starting mid-January 2025. Check back in mid-January for updates to this page.

March 29th
April - June
New Application Opens
Application Deadline
Accepting New 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 be entering PreK-8th Grade
  • 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 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 contact us.

Household Size Maximum Annual Household Income
  25% of Tuition 50% of Tuition 75% of Tuition
2 $49,280 $36,960 $24,640
3 $62,140 $46,605 $31,070
4 $75,000 $56,250 $37,500
5 $87,860 $65,895 $43,930
6 $100,720 $75,540 $50,360
7 $113,580 $85,185 $56,790
8 $126,440 $94,830 $63,220
9 $139,300 $104,475 $69,650

Household Size includes you 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.

* BASIC Fund eligibility guidelines are based on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines effective January 19, 2023.

The BASIC Fund accepts all siblings in each family, keeping families supported and together.

Here are the ways you can apply for a BASIC Fund Scholarship:

  • Online

    See below to Apply Online and click on the relevant application button if you are either a new or existing family to the BASIC Fund.

  • By Mail/Fax

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 $2,750 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 maintains their portion of the tuition payments, the family remains financially eligible, and the child remains enrolled in an accredited private school.

Apply Online

2024 BASIC Fund Online Application

* New applications for the 2024-2025 school year are closed. Check back in mid-January for updates to this page.

Apply Today

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis starting in mid-January, until the application deadline.

The earlier you apply the better your chances of receiving a scholarship! Families applying to BASIC Fund must submit a copy of their filed 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 if funds become available.

Please Note: You must submit a complete 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. BASIC Fund will email when an application has been processed – Please regularly check your inbox, as well as your spam or junk mail folder, to make sure you don’t miss any email communications from the BASIC Fund.



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


The BASIC Fund is a privately funded 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to advance education equity for low-income families by helping offset the cost of tuition at private schools in the Bay Area.

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