Vistamar School’s tuition falls within the median range of independent schools throughout greater Los Angeles. Our tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is listed below:
Domestic Students: $40,500
International Students: $44,000
There is a one-time new student fee of $1,900 for all students.
The cost for books and miscellaneous expenses range from $400-700 per year, depending upon the student’s schedule of classes.
Introducing “Moderated Tuition”—Vistamar’s exceptional take on financial aid.
We at Vistamar are deeply committed to working with qualified students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to assist with tuition costs. To do this, we’ve developed a robust, need-based program we call Moderated Tuition. Many schools refer to these programs as financial aid, but Vistamar’s program is preferable because it serves a wider variety of family circumstances including families who have moderate need. The chart below illustrates the range.
Vistamar uses the services of Schools and Student Services (SSS) to evaluate and recommend a family’s financial capacity to pay tuition, but the final decision rests with our Moderated Tuition Committee.
The application process for 2021 - 2022 Academic Year for new 9th graders opened October 2, 2020. Applications for new families are due February 1, 2021.
Complete the Parent's Finanacial Statement (PFS) and upload or attach all supplemental documents within your SSS portal. The cost to complete your application is $51.
Schools and Student Services (SSS) will use the Federal poverty guidelines to use family size, income and assets information in the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) itself to assess the family situation, and automatically apply a waiver if the family qualifies.
Moderated Tuition is determined strictly on the basis of a family’s financial circumstances. A student must remain in good standing, academically and behaviorally, to be invited to re-enroll the following year, but such decisions are independent from determinations of tuition obligation.
All real estate is taken into consideration when a family applies for Moderated Tuition. Mortgages and lines of equity for a primary residence are common liabilities that are evaluated during the process. Other real estate, such as rental properties, second homes, or deeded family land, is also shared on the application, and the impact depends on how it affects discretionary income.
Parents must file a new financial statement every year. A significant change in financial status can impact the determination of tuition to be paid the following year. If there is no significant change in circumstances, the tuition obligation usually remains proportionally the same.
The Moderated Tuition Committee needs a complete picture of a family’s financial situation, which includes expectations of support from non-custodial parents and stepparents. Consequently, we generally require complete financial disclosures from all of the households directly involved in a student’s life.