Maintaining socio-economic diversity in our student body is one of our top priorities at Mills College Children’s School (MCCS). Compared to other Bay Area independent schools, our annual tuition is lower than most, and our financial aid program helps to make our school accessible to more families by granting awards to those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Still, we recognize that virtually every family makes a considerable financial commitment to be at our school, and our parents, staff, and supporters work diligently each year to raise scholarship funds.

How to Apply

In an effort to ensure the broadest possible use for these funds, we use an outside screening service: School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid, an affiliate of the National Association of Independent Schools. This application process, which takes into consideration your family’s income as well as your expenses, is used by most private schools in the Bay Area.

  • Financial aid applications for the 2018-19 school year can be completed until December 31, 2018.
  • Financial aid applications for the 2019-20 school year can be completed starting October 2, 2018.
  • Designate MCCS: School code 3003. You can list as many schools as you wish to receive your screening results. Please do not send your SSS form directly to MCCS. 
  • Upload your taxes. Before any award decisions can be made, we require a copy of your most recently completed federal tax return, which can be uploaded to the SSS website or mailed to our office. We will accept 2017 tax returns until your 2018 returns are ready. All awards are considered pending (and could be reduced) until they can be referenced against your 2018 taxes, so we ask that you upload them as soon as they are ready, even after tuition assistance has been awarded. If your 2018 taxes will better reflect your need for assistance, it is in your best interest to complete your return as early as possible. Please do not send your tax documents directly to MCCS. 

More Resources

  • The SSS website offers a variety of resources and tools for families. Easily accessible PDF guides for understanding how to complete the PFS and the financial aid process are available here:
    • Workbook for the 2019-20 PFS (available in English and Spanish)
    • How to Apply for Financial Aid Flyer
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Family Guide to Financial Aid (available in both English and Spanish)
  • Online webinars on the following topics are available for on-demand viewing here:
    • Counting the Costs: An Introduction to Financial Aid
    • Family Portal Overview
    • Communicating to SSS within your Family Portal
    • Section 1: Household Information
    • Section 2: School Selection


We give first consideration to applicants who meet our priority deadlines:

  • January 11, 2019, for current MCCS families
  • January 18, 2019, for Elementary School applicants and any family with siblings applying to both Elementary and Early Childhood programs
  • February 28, 2018, for Early Childhood applicants (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and/or Transitional Kindergarten)
  • Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered if additional resources are available.

Additional Tuition Assistance

We encourage all families to consider applying for financial support from other groups that provide scholarships to students at independent schools, such as:


Contact our Admissions Director:
Whitney Walker
Mills College Children’s School
5000 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94613
510.430.2053 ph
510.430.3223 fax