FAQs

The decision of Catholic education is important; the cost of Catholic education is a major factor for families in the Bay Area. At Mercy, the generosity of our benefactors allows us to offer financial assistance to qualified families in need. Below are some questions asked by many families regarding the financial aid process. Families applying for admission who have questions regarding financial aid should contact the Admissions office, current families should contact the Assistant to the President, Lynn Beal via email or by phone at 650.762.1101.

Thank you for considering Mercy!

How are Financial Assistance decisions made at Mercy?

The application process is fair and confidential. Assessments are done by an outside firm, (TADS) that specializes in school financial assistance programs. Financial aid awards are made based on a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of Mercy High School Burlingame funds.

Are Financial Assistance awards renewed annually?

Financial Assistance is offered for one school year. Applications must be submitted annually with current information in order for a family to be considered for assistance.

Who can apply for financial aid?

All students applying to Mercy, as well as families with a current student at Mercy, are eligible to apply for financial assistance.

When is the completed TADs application due?

Please review all of the deadlines and requirements for submitting the online application on the financial aid section of the website where there are also links to important information and forms.

What if I miss the deadline?

Meeting the deadlines is extremely important as failure to complete the financial aid application on time may seriously jeopardize your chances of receiving aid. Late applications will be processed and reviewed, but meeting the appropriate deadline is strongly recommended.

When will we know if we will receive financial aid?

We will inform incoming families of their financial aid with their acceptance letters in March. Awards for returning students will be communicated in March as well.

Are admissions and financial aid kept separate?

Yes. The Admissions process is “need-blind” meaning the admissions committee has no knowledge of who is applying for financial aid.

What if we did not apply or did not qualify through TADs but my circumstances have changed and we feel that we might qualify?

Contact the Assistant to the Head of School, Lynn Beal via email or by phone at 650.762.1101) regarding the appeal process or late application. Your will need to provide specific documentation showing the changes in financial status. No financial aid will be considered without submission of the TADs application and required documentation.

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