Financial Aid

At LFSF, we understand that the greatest investment a family can make is in the education of its children.

Our school is truly committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive student body by making education opportunities available to qualified students. Our Admission and Financial Aid teams stand by to help you every step of the way through our admission processes and your financial aid inquiries.

Thank you for considering becoming part of the our international community!

Various sources of financial support

The 2 main sources of Financial aid are:

  • the French government Scholarship 

Every year, families of French nationality (parents and / or children) must determine if they can apply for a French government scholarship and do so prior to applying for a school scholarship. 
For the school year 2018-2019, applications were due on February 28th 2018.
For families arriving in the U.S. after March 2018 and families who wish their application to be reexamined the applications are due September 26th 2018.

  • The LFSF Aid

The Lycée Français de San Francisco grants need-based financial aid to children enrolled in Preschool through Grade 12. There is no deadline to apply, however we highly recommend that families submit their application between February and May 2018 as school scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis and funds are limited.  


Aid from the French Government

French families may apply for a need-based scholarship from the French government, at the French Consulate of San Francisco. Note that French families must apply for French government financial aid (see below) before applying for financial aid from LFSF.

French Government financial aid levels are calculated based on all sources of family income, regardless of their type. Family resources must be compatible with an allocation scale determined annually by the French government based on the economic and social situation of each country.

We encourage you to carefully review information posted on the Consulate’s website to evaluate your potential level of scholarship eligibility.

Note that the exclusion threshold for home equity is of €250,000 (approximately $294,117), and of €100,000 (approximately $117,647) for savings. Pension plans (401k-type) are taken into account in the estimation.
Please note that the home equity value is calculated based on the purchase price (not the current home value) less the loan balance.

If you do not qualify but feel you have special circumstances that could allow you to be considered for an exception, please contact the consulate directly.

Application procedures

Applications must be submitted by the deadline given by the French Consulate.

Families already established in the U.S. submitting a first time application or renewing their application for a French Government financial aid for 2018-2019 must do so by February 28th 2018.

Families arriving in the U.S. after March 2018 and submitting a first time application for a French Government financial aid for 2018-2019 must do so by September 26th 2018

Application forms and a list of required documents are available on the French Consulate’s website. All required accompanying documents must be included with the application to substantiate the family’s resources and living standard. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Submission of your application

Before submitting your file to the French Consulate, it must be reviewed, stamped and signed by the LFSF  Business Office.

Note that your file must be fully completed prior to the appointment. A reference guide is available here if you need help filling up the application form.

First time applicants (FEBRUARY AND SEPTEMBER)

Once completed applications are signed by the LFSF, they must be submitted to the French Consulate, by appointment only. Please submit your appointment request here.

Note that requests made in September are only for families arriving on the territory after March 2018. All other requests must be made in February 2018.

Renewing applicants (FEBRUARY ONLY)

Completed applications may be dropped off at the French Consulate’s reception on business days between 9:00am and 12:30 pm, or by appointment, or they can be mailed to: Consulat Général de France à San Francisco 88 Kearny Street Suite 600 San Francisco CA 94108. Mailed applications must be sent early enough to be delivered before the deadline.

Revision of application (SEPTEMBER ONLY)

Please visit the French Consulate’s website for detailed instructions in French. The website is updated in September of every year. 


Following the Agency’s decision, after consultation of the National Committee of Scholarships, the French Consulate notifies families of the level of financial aid granted to them. Rejections and decisions may be appealed through the French Consulate at the discretion of the Director of the AEFE. French Government financial aid is paid directly to the school.


  • You will need to enroll your child(ren) prior to obtaining the results of your French Government Scholarship application in order to secure a space in their respective grade level.
  • Scholarship applications must be renewed every year.

For more information on French Government financial aid applications, please visit the website of the Agence Française pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger:

LFSF School Aid


  • Every year, the Lycée Français de San Francisco allocates a certain amount of its budget to school financial. All requests for aid are strictly confidential. You are encouraged to apply if you believe that your resources are inadequate to meet tuition costs.

  • Financial aid is granted to enrolled children attending preschool to 12th grade (aid will not granted to children enrolled in the Petite Ecole class), without regard to race, color, religious affiliation, national origin or ethnicity. Financial Aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions.

  • There is no deadline to apply, however we highly recommend that families submit their application between February and Mai 2018 as school scholarships are distributed as a first come first serve basis and are limited.  
  • To be eligible for financial aid from the school, French families must first apply for French Government financial aid. Such applications are examined after French Government financial aid has been determined.
  • To maintain eligibility for financial aid, families must be up-to-date in their payment schedules.
  • Families currently receiving financial aid must reapply each year.

Financial Need Assessment

The LFSF uses SSS by NAIS (School and Student Service for Financial Aid) to determine need.

Based on the financial information provided in the Parents’ Financial Statement, SSS gives the Lycée an estimated amount a family can contribute to educational expenses. SSS provides common and objective criteria by which each family’s need can be assessed fairly and equitably.

Financial aid decisions are made by a Committee upon review of the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS) and required supporting documents (see list below).

Financial Aid for Divorced or Separated Families

The School expects both natural parents to contribute to the cost of education to the extent of their ability. SSS considers divorced parents living apart to be separate households, and as such, each parent should complete a separate PFS and upload all required documents.

Application Procedures

For a step-by-step instructions open the “Parents’ Financial Statement Workbook and instruction Booklet.”

The PFS is a comprehensive online application that will take some time to complete. Give yourself the time you need by not waiting until the deadline to begin. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process. 

Key information you need to know as you complete the PFS

  • Our school’s full name: Lycée Français de San Francisco
  • Our school’s SSS code: 1907

To begin a financial aid application for the 2018-19 school year, families should follow the steps below

  • Go to

  • Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.
  • Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2018-19. You can log out of the PFS at any time, then return later to complete it.
  • After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $49 is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
  • After you pay for and submit your PFS, you’ll have access in the PFS Online to a section called “My Documents.” You can upload all the documents we require there.

How to submit required documents online

  • Prepare your documents to be uploaded. Make sure the documents are on your computer, each saved as a separate file. They can be saved in any of the following file formats: Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe pdf, .jpg, .gif, or .tif. Remove any security or password protection from your pdfs. Name your documents according to their description prior to uploading. (eg: W2 Parent A, Letter, Bank Statements, medical bills….)
  • Return to the PFS Online, login and select the Academic Year 2018-19 button.
  • From your PFS Online Dashboard, click on the “My Documents” tab. You will see an upload button or a hyperlink next to a specific document name in the "Required Documents" section of the PFS. Clicking either the upload button or a hyperlink will lead you through a series of steps allowing you to name, locate and save the file.
  • Once you have uploaded a document, the date will appear in the “Date Uploaded” column within minutes of the upload.
  • To upload additional documents required by LFSF (see list below) go to the bottom of the page and click on Upload in to the “Additional documents” section. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • A walk through video is available here (move your mouse to the center top of the page and click on "Walk me through")

Families are strongly encouraged to upload their documents directly via the secured Parent Portal
After you log in:

  • click on the “My Documents” tab in the upper right corner,
  • then click the “Print Cover Sheet” link on that page to print the customized cover sheet. The regular and overnight mail addresses are found on the cover sheet as well.

If you need additional help with your PFS or uploading the documents, call the SSS toll-free Customer Service Center at (800) 344-8328 or

The Finance Committee reserves the right to request additional information. Any incomplete files will be rejected.

list of required documents

Families must upload all documents that apply to their situation. SSS may ask you for additional documentation according to your family and financial situation. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

for all families

  • Letter written to the Committee, detailing the family’s situation in 2017 and 2018 and reasons for financial aid need. (Include information requested in the applicable sections below)
  • Form 4506T signed and undated
  • Most recent bank statements (3 months, all pages, all accounts, including foreign accounts)
  • If “Medical expenses” & ”Out of pocket insurance premium” are indicated in the PFS, include your invoices demonstrating the total amount
  • If “Unusual expenses” are indicated in the PFS, include your invoices demonstrating the total amount
  • If “Debts” are indicated in the PFS, include documentation demonstrating the total amount
  • Unemployment / Lay-off verification (if applicable)


  • SSS considers divorced parents living apart to be separate households, and as such, each parent should complete a separate PFS provide the documentation applying to his/her situation
  • If only one parent applies, explain why in your letter and indicate the portion of the tuition that you pay
  • If the student lives with a step parent, the step parent must be included in the PFS and his/her documentation must be uploaded
  • If only one parent pays for the full tuition, the parent must provide proof of financial responsibility of the student(s)
  • Divorce judgment including any financial agreement regarding tuition fees, alimony, child support…


  • Completed 2017 tax return documents, including: Federal 1040, California 540 and all Schedules
  • All 2017 1099’s (Income, unemployment, interest, dividend etc. ….)
  • If salaried, all 2017 W2’s


  • All 2017 pay stubs
  • Indicate in your letter the date you stopped working and if applicable the date you started a new job in the US
  • Latest tax returns from the applicable country (2016 or 2017)
  • Make sure to upload your recent foreign bank statements (3 months, all accounts)


The first step is to apply for a "government scholarship" at the French Consulate in San Francisco in February 2018. If you did not apply explain the reasons in your letter.

  • If you verified your eligibility and think you would not qualify, please explain why.
  • If you move to the US after March 2018, add your arrival date in the letter. Note that you will need to apply to the Government scholarship in September 2018 and your scholarship award will be temporary.
  • Let us know if you did not apply because you did not plan on enrolling at the Lycée in February 2018 and missed the deadline.

Seona Herail Scholarship

The Seona Herail Scholarship is a merit scholarship granted by the Lycée, upon recommendation from a pedagogical committee, to a high school student (9th to 12th Grade) who does not benefit from any other financial aid. This is a four year scholarship for 25% of a full tuition, renewed annually as long as the student remains eligible. Financial documents may be requested from the parents of the scholarship recipient.

Outside Financial Aid

A number of programs in the Bay Area provide scholarships to assist in paying private school tuition. We recommend you conduct your own search for available resources. You may also want to consult the following websites:

The Guardsmen
(415) 856-0639 |
K through 12th grade

The Basic Fund
(415) 986-5650 |
K through 8th grade

K-12 Family Education Loan

Our families have access to the Sallie Mae’s K12 Family Education Loan Program.

To apply visit:

Use School code: 609458-00

529 Saving Plans

Starting in 2018, qualified educational expenses for 529 plans will include up to $10,000 a year in tuition and expenses for primary and secondary school expenses. Contact your 529 saving plan administrator for more information.

Frequently asked questions

Will applying for financial aid affect my child's chances for admission?

No. Admission decisions and financial aid assessments are made independently.

Who may apply for financial aid?

LFSF grants awards to students enrolled in Preschool through Grade 12. La Petite Ecole students are not eligible. We strongly encourage all families, new and current, to apply for financial aid if they believe aid is needed in the upcoming school year.

Does LFSF offer merit scholarships?

No. School Financial awards are solely based on a family’s demonstrated need. However, high school students (Gr9 through 12) can be considered for the Seona Herail Scholarship which is a merit scholarship granted upon recommendation from a pedagogical committee.

Will my child's financial aid award change from year to year?

Yes. Financial need and awards are recalculated every year using current information. 

Are there any special requirements for students who receive financial aid?

No. All students are expected to maintain solid academic and personal standing within our school community.