An independent day school for grades 6-12

Affording a Crystal Education

Through Crystal’s robust financial aid program, we are committed to providing access to students who can bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the community.

Crystal distributes over $4 million dollars in financial aid to 21% of the student body. Financial aid awards range from $1,000 to full tuition, which is $49,110 for the 2019-20 academic year. All financial aid awards are grants and are not loans that need to be repaid.

In accordance with best practices at NAIS, our financial aid awards are need-based: all financial aid awards are based on a family’s financial need, and we do not offer any merit scholarships. The Financial Aid Committee determines financial need by reviewing family information submitted on SSS (School and Student Services).

Students who receive financial aid for tuition also benefit from a supplementary assistance fund to ensure that students receiving financial aid have the opportunity to have the same school experiences as other students.

Important Dates


Families New to Crystal (or current families new to financial aid)
October: SSS application portal is live
Dec. 5: Financial aid information session (6:30-8:30pm)*
Dec. 14: Financial aid information session (8:30-10:30am)*
Jan. 7: Hands-on workshop to complete the PFS (5:30-8:30pm)*
Jan. 9:  Hands-on workshop to complete the PFS (5:30-8:30pm)*
Jan. 9: Deadline to submit PFS on SSS
Feb. 15: Deadline to submit tax documentation (1040, W2, 1099) on SSS

*Please mark your interest in Financial Aid in our preliminary application to receive notices and detailed info/location for these events

Current Crystal families reapplying for financial aid
October: SSS application portal is live
Jan. 9: Requested deadline to notify us of a significant financial change
April 14: Hands-on workshop to complete the PFS (6:30-8:30pm)
April 15: Deadline to submit PFS and tax documentation (1040, W2, 1099) on SSS

If you are unable to attend the Financial aid information session, check out the webinars on the How to Apply for Financial Aid page.


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  • Financial Aid Mission Statement

    Because we believe the most important, compelling and engaging learning takes place in environments that contain a variety of opinions, experiences and worldviews, we seek a diverse student body at Crystal. Crystal’s Financial Aid program is meant to provide access to prospective and current students who embody a diversity of experiences and perspectives and who otherwise could not afford to attend the school. Crystal is also committed to creating and supporting a culture of inclusiveness and collaboration among its unique and motivated learners as we believe this type of community will best help our students thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Crystal Springs Uplands School


General: (650) 342-4175 | info@csus.org
Admission Inquiries: admission@csus.org
Middle School
10 Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 645-1000
Upper School
400 Uplands Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 342-4175