Affording Riviera Ridge

All Riviera Ridge School families are important to our community and we work diligently to provide affordable tuition rates each year. At The Riviera Ridge School, we understand the value of an independent school education and we strive to make our program affordable to all qualified students.
At The Riviera Ridge School, tuition assistance is based solely upon demonstrated financial need. Tuition awards vary by grade level and situation and provide families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds access to affording a Riviera Ridge School education. 

To help determine each family’s need, The Riviera Ridge School subscribes to Smart Aid for tuition assistance processing and assessment.  

Currently, 40 percent of Riviera Ridge School families receive tuition assistance, and we award more than $1 million in aid each year.

Tuition and Fees for 2022-2023

Grade Tuition Tuition Refund Insurance
Junior Kindergarten $21,000 $305
K Through 5th Grade $29,250 $424
6-8th Grade $31,950 $463

Required Additional Fees:

4th Grade Overnight Trip Santa Barbara Zoo: $250
5th Grade Astrocamp/ Reagan Library fees: $700
6th Grade CIMI, Whale Watching & Getty Villa fees:  $950
7th Grade Northern California STEAM Study Tour Fees: $1850
8th Grade Alaska & Glaciers Study Tour Fees: $3000
8th Grade Kaleidoscope & Capstone Study Tour Fees: $650

Optional Additional Fees

Additional fees vary for programs such as after-school enrichment classes and after-school supervision.

Tuition Assistance Application Process

The request for assistance for new students is a separate process from the admission process. It does not affect one’s application for admission. As funds are limited and competition keen, families are strongly encouraged to complete their application by the Friday, January 28, 2022 deadline. Grants toward tuition are awarded annually and are need-based. Award letters are mailed on Friday, March 4, 2022.

The Tuition Assistance Application is a Multi-Step Process:

  1. Complete the online Tuition Assistance Application at
  2. If this is your first time applying to The Riviera Ridge School, please submit copies of tax returns and W-2’s from 2020 to the Admission Office
  3. When available, submit copies of tax returns and W-2’s from 2021 to the Admission Office
  4. Submit a letter detailing special family financial circumstances, if any.
Please do not jeopardize the consideration of your family’s application for tuition assistance by filing late or not completing your file. Late applications will only be considered after all timely applications have been reviewed and then only if there are funds remaining.
After Friday, March 18, 2022, The Riviera Ridge School moves to a rolling admission process. We will continue to accept both admission applications and tuition assistance applications on a first-come, first-served space-available basis.
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The Riviera Ridge School supports a long-standing commitment to making a Riviera Ridge School education accessible to students from diverse backgrounds with varied interests and talents. In order to accomplish this goal, we offer a Tuition Assistance Program and a variety of payment plans.
With the help of generous contributions from alumni/ae, parents, faculty and staff, and charitable foundations, The Riviera Ridge School offers financial aid to deserving students with limited financial resources.
It is important that the family assumes the primary responsibility for financing a student’s education. Families must consider all their personal resources when applying to the school for funds. Income is only one determining factor for assistance; thus, there is no one “profile” that qualifies or disqualifies a family to receive aid. Tuition assistance awards vary greatly depending on circumstances; awards have varied from $1000 to an amount approaching full tuition.