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Fair Share FAQ's

When is Fair Share Tuition determined?

Incoming freshman families who wish to access Fair Share Tuition will meet with a Fair Share facilitator during their registration appointment in the Spring.  

How is my Fair Share Tuition calculated?

We ask all families to pay as much toward the full tuition as they can but at least as much as our published tuition guidelines. Our Fair Share Tuition guidelines are based on your gross family income. Please see the Fair Share Tuition guidelines on the Fair Share Tuition page on our website.

What documents do I need to apply for Fair Share Tuition?

 Please bring the following documents to your Registration appointment:

  • 2016 federal income tax return (all schedules)
  • 2016 W-2 for all parents
  • 2016 K-1’s for LLC’s, S-Corporations or Partnerships, if applicable

If you have not filed your 2016 tax returns prior to the registration appointment, please bring your 2015 tax return and your 2016 W-2’s.

What is included in gross family income for the Fair Share calculations?

We consider the following in the Fair Share guidelines:

  • Salaries
  • Investment income
  • Self-employment income
  • Social security payments
  • Disability payments
  • Rental income
  • Income or cash distributions from LLC’s, S Corporations, or partnerships
  • Retirement/pension distribution
  • Child support
  • Other income

We may make adjustments from what is reported on your income tax return for things like net operating losses, capital loss carried forward from previous years, depreciation deductions or self-employment taxes. 

How is Fair Share calculated for students whose parents are not married?

In situations where a student’s parents are not married, the Fair Share Tuition will be calculated based on both parents income, including any step parents.  We can meet separately with each parent and can have separate tuition contracts if the family desires.

Do I have to go through a Fair Share meeting each year?

No, families generally only go through the Fair Share Facilitation in their first year at Gonzaga Prep.  In future years, the Fair Share amount will be increased by the rate of tuition increase – (e.g. if tuition increases next year by 3%, your fair share tuition amount will increase by 3%.)  Tuition renewal statements are sent to each returning family in the Spring. 

Are there situations which will require another Fair Share Facilitation meeting?

Yes.  Situations where you may need to go through Facilitation again at a later date:

  • A new student from the same family enrolls at Gonzaga Prep.
  • It is anticipated the family’s income or financial situation may change in the near future (e.g. a new job or sale of business). 
  • A family has a past due balance on their tuition account.

Do I have to apply for the Nazareth Guild tuition assistance to access Fair Share?

Yes. We are asking all families who request Fair Share Tuition to apply for the Nazareth Guild tuition assistance program.  The Nazareth Guild’s tuition assistance grants are one of the ways we fund our Fair Share Tuition program.  The funds that are received will be used to directly fund your Fair Share Tuition.  

If I receive a Nazareth Guild tuition assistant grant, will my Fair Share Tuition be adjusted? 


No.  The Nazareth Guild grants are one source of funding for our Fair Share Tuition program.  The Nazareth Guild grants are not awarded until after the registration process is completed but we will calculate and commit to your Fair Share Tuition at your registration appointment in the Spring.  If you do not qualify for a Nazareth Guild tuition assistance grant, we will not increase your Fair Share Tuition – the School will fund your Fair Share Tuition assistance from other sources.  If you do qualify for a Nazareth Guild grant, the School will use this to partially fund the Fair Share Tuition assistance that we committed to you during registration.


I’ve reviewed your Fair Share Tuition guidelines and cannot afford your suggested tuition.  Can my tuition commitment be less than what is published?

At your meeting with a Fair Share facilitator, please request a meeting with the Fair Share Review Committee.  The Fair Share Review Committee will consider the number of students in Catholic grade schools, students in college, medical expenses, recent changes in employment or other individual factors.  The Fair Share Review Committee may award a scholarship to help bridge the gap to your Fair Share Tuition guideline or make other adjustments that are equitable to you, the School and other Gonzaga Prep families.

Who is on the Fair Share Review Committee?

The Fair Share Review Committee includes the President of the School, one of our Jesuits, and a member of our Board of Directors.  All information shared with the Committee is confidential.

How can I apply for scholarships?

Incoming freshman students who qualify based on their placement exam scores and grades may be invited to apply for a Fr. Pedro Arrupe Merit Scholarship ($1,000).   Freshman must take the placement exam and complete the admissions application by the application deadline in early December.  

Returning students may apply for one of several scholarships that are published in the Spring each year.  The number of scholarships and the qualifications depends on the criteria established by the donor.  Check your email and the website in April each year for these scholarship opportunities.

All other scholarships are awarded through the Fair Share Review Committee based on financial need. We do not have any full tuition scholarships.  All families must pay the minimum tuition, as outlined on the Fair Share Tuition Guidelines, plus fees. We do not have any scholarships for athletics.

Is there Fair Share for fees?

No, all families must pay 100% of the fees.  Fees are in addition to tuition and are paid over the same billing schedule and payment method that you select for tuition.

How much do text books and iPads cost?

The cost of textbooks generally ranges between $70 and $300 each year. 

The cost of the iPad generally ranges from $370 to $550, depending on the accessories or support plans. The minimum specification for the iPad currently is : iPad Air, 16 GB, WiFi only.  

Is there Fair Share for textbooks or iPads?

For families that need a payment plan for purchasing their iPad, Numerica Credit Union has an unsecured loan program for Gonzaga Prep families.  Payments can be as low as $25 per month.

We have limited funds available for financial assistance to purchase iPads or text books. Families who need financial assistance for the iPads or text books should email a request to the Treasurer’s Office by June 15th.

Is the tuition deposit refundable?

The 10% deposit paid at registration is non-refundable. 

When do tuition payments begin?

Monthly payments for Freshman: 10% deposit due at Registration plus 11 monthly payments beginning in August through June.

Monthly payments for Soph/Jr/Sr: 12 monthly payments July through June.

Quarterly payments are due in August, October, January and March.

Semester payments are due in August and January.

Annual payments are due in August.

Must I make payments by automatic withdrawal or credit card?

All families are required to select one of the following payment methods:  electronic funds transfer (EFT) directly from a bank account, credit card (annual or semi-annual payments only), or you may deliver a series of post-dated checks for your payments which will be deposited on the date of the check. 

If you select EFT payments, you may choose one of three days to post your payment:  the 5th, the 18th or the last business day of the month.

How do I make a credit card payment?

Please use the link on our website to make your credit card payments. Payments are processed securely by Diamond Mind. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. No debit cards. A 2.79% fee will be charged for payments by credit card.

Who has access to the Fair Share Tuition amounts?

We respect the family’s privacy related to their financial situation.  All financial information, including the amount of the Fair Share Tuition for students, is kept confidential and is stored securely in the Treasurer’s files.  Teachers, counselors, or other school personnel do not have access to this information.