Tuition & Financial Aid

2018 – 2019 Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $20,000.00
Application Fee (non-refundable): $100.00
Registration Fee: $1,000.00
updated 2/20/18

Additional tuition and fees apply for the Resource Specialist Program (click here for RSP tuition info), Boarding Program, and for International Day Students. Please see these sections for more information.

Riordan is a 1:1 iPad school; all students are required to purchase an iPad for academic use during the school day. The majority of textbooks are available electronically; please see the Technology section for more information.

Parent Pledge Program
Each year we ask new parents to join the Parent Pledge Program, a four-year commitment made by families. The true cost to educate a child is more than tuition alone. A gift to the Parent Pledge Program helps to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing the Riordan experience to each student. The benefit of making a Parent Pledge Program gift instead of paying higher tuition is that this gift is tax deductible.

Our goal is for each family to pledge $12,000 over four years, or $3,000 a year, for each student attending Riordan. We ask each family to pledge an amount that is both generous and reasonable for them. Families who receive financial aid are asked to participate by making a pledge commensurate to their financial situation. Download a Parent Pledge Form. For more information about the Parent Pledge Program, please contact Director of Annual Giving Anne Seppi, or (415)586-8200 ext. 266.

Financial Aid

Riordan understands that the total cost of a college preparatory experience is a significant investment. Our Financial Aid program is designed to help those families who are unable to afford full tuition bridge the gap between their own financial resources and the cost of a Riordan education. The program is based on need and is funded by endowment and other fundraising efforts. Limited funds are available.

Decisions regarding financial aid are separate from admission decisions, and are made by a committee after careful review of all information provided in the financial aid application.

Financial Aid Application Information
Riordan utilizes the services of TADS to help determine a family’s eligibility for financial aid. All applications for financial are due by February 4, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Notifications about financial aid will be mailed with acceptance letters. Current families must reapply each year (please note the February 4 deadline).

To begin the application, visit the TADS website.

Archbishop Riordan High School is committed to preserving confidentiality throughout the financial aid process. Therefore, the school requires that all recipients of financial aid sign a letter of acceptance and confidentiality agreement.

Financial aid awards are issued for one school year. Families will be called upon to complete applications annually to substantiate continued need. Outside scholarships may be recommended to those students whose profile supports the donors’ criteria, but all will first require a completed TADS online application.

First priority for financial aid will be given to applicants who have submitted completed applications by the February 4, 2019 deadline. Late or incomplete applications are at risk for full consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions About Financial Aid

Outside Scholarships

Archbishop Riordan High School is pleased to partner with the following organizations that provide scholarships to students. Please see the below descriptions for scholarship criteria.


Achieve provides four-year high school scholarships to underserved, low-income students at three Bay Area private schools: Archbishop Riordan High School and Mercy High School in San Francisco and Holy Names High School in Oakland. As a year-round program, Achieve provides students with extensive academic support, mentoring, summer internships and cultural and community service activities. It is the ultimate goal that all Achieve students go on to college, graduate and become successful citizens who will give back to the community. More information about the program and information about how to apply can be found here.

The Achieve Application Deadline is Friday, December 7, 2019. Recommendations are due Friday, December 14, 2019.

Read this story about Riordan graduates in the Achieve Program.

Archdiocese of San Francisco Scholarships

The Archdiocese of San Francisco offers a limited number of scholarships and grants to families. Consideration for these scholarships is indicated on the TADS application. Your must also submit a Clergy Recommendation Form from your Pastor. Families do not need to be Catholic to apply, but must be active in a church of any denomination. More Information

Bay Scholars

A nonprofit Bay Area network hub for change through education, Bay Scholars exists to make it possible for promising low-income scholars to have access to and flourish at successful college preparatory Catholic high schools in the SF/Bay Area. Awards are determined based on financial need and family size and are renewable for four years as long as the student is in good standing with the Catholic high school. More information and how to apply can be found at

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope Academy San Francisco Bay Area helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing after-school academic support and tutoring, service learning, career exploration, and college-related literacy, tuition assistance and financial support. More information can be found here. In 2014, Hope Academy moved their operations to Riordan’s campus. Read more about the program in this article.

Sons of Law Enforcement

The Michael and Sally Mayer Family Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship of $1,000-$4,000 to the sons of law enforcement officers applying to or currently enrolled at Archbishop Riordan High School. “We are fortunate to be able to help law enforcement officers send their sons to Riordan,” said Michael Mayer ’71, chairman of Riordan’s Board of Trustees. “My dad and my brother are both retired San Francisco police officers, and Sally’s brother (deceased) was a San Francisco police officer. My two brothers and I and all three of Sally’s brothers are Riordan graduates. We hope that scholarship recipients will benefit, as our families did, from a Riordan education, and that when able these individuals will help out future generations of Riordan Crusaders.” The Foundation awarded $55,000 in 2017 and more than $450,000 over the past seven years. The number of applicants has more than tripled since the program began in 2010.

For Students Applying to Riordan’s Freshman Class of 2023
The following is required to apply for this scholarship:

  • A minimum national percentile rank of at least 50% on the High School Placement Test (HSPT)
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s 8th grade teacher or grammar school principal attesting to his character and potential to fully participate in student life at Riordan
  • An essay of 250-500 words addressing the following question: How has your parent’s job as a law enforcement officer inspired you?

The due date for all materials for the Class of 2023 is February 1, 2019. The essay should be typed and signed and contain the following statement: “I attest that this essay is my own work.” All materials should be mailed to the Admissions Office at Archbishop Riordan High School (175 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112); the letter of recommendation should be mailed by its author directly to that address as well. For questions, please contact Sally O’Connell in the Admissions Office,

For Current Riordan students or Transfer Students
The following is required to apply for this scholarship:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for the last two semesters
  • A letter of recommendation from a Riordan faculty member attesting to the applicant’s character and full participation in life at Riordan
  • An essay. Topic TBA later this year.
  • The essay should be 750-1000 words, spell-checked and written in six paragraphs. P#1 – “Tell me what you are going to tell me.” State the three challenges and the qualities necessary to address them. P#2-4 – One separate paragraph on each challenge. P#5 – One paragraph on the necessary qualities. Explain why they are important to reaching sound decisions. P#6 – “Tell me what you told me.” Summarize your essay.

The due date for all materials for current and transfer students is February 8, 2019. The essay should be typed and signed and contain the following statement: “I attest that this essay is my own work.” All materials should be dropped off to the Admissions Office. For questions, please contact Sally O’Connell in the Admissions Office,

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