Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance
 Up to 25% of our families receive some form of tuition assistance, which can range from 5%-95% of tuition.

Tuition assistance for 2017-18 has almost all been allocated EXCEPT for emergency situations — or families who have infants and need less then $200/month of scholarship support.

St. John’s Childcare no longer has a tuition assistance contract with the California Department of Education (CDE). We have NO fully funded spaces.
We are NOT able to accept vouchers from Bananas or other CDE funding sources.
We do have a tuition assistance program to provide spaces to families who are income eligible (generally limited to families whose combined income does not exceed $75,000 annually), and meet certain need and eligibility requirements.
( There is also a limited amount of scholarship funding from the City of Berkeley for low-income Berkeley residents. )  

All  families are required to make a financial contribution towards their child’s tuition.

Sliding scale below is a guideline, generally we are not able to fund very many families at these rates.  For example, for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, we distributed $35,000 in tuition assistance, to twelve families, ranging from 5-75% support.

Income guidelines/Sliding Scale based on family of four

(subject to adjustment depending on family size, schedule and age of child)

Income Range

(family income)

% of income

Average Annual Income (example)

Annual Amount Family Pays (example)

Monthly Family Copay Example






$20,000 – $35,000





$35,000 – $50,000





$50,000 – $65,000





$65,000 – $75,000





Families of currently enrolled children with incomes between $75,000 and $100,000 will be considered in the fifth/final category (20%) if funds are still available