Tuition and Financial Aid

Riordan understands that the total cost of a college preparatory experience is a significant investment.

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid program is designed to help families 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. 

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.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Riordan utilizes the services of TADS to help determine a family’s eligibility for financial aid. To begin the application, visit the TADS website.

  • Families applying for Financial Aid must submit all information via TADS by January 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Notifications about financial aid will be mailed with acceptance letters.
  • Current families must reapply each year.
  • 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 deadline. Late or incomplete applications are at risk for full consideration.

Tuition Payment Options

Payment Options Schedule
Yearly One Payment (July)
Semi-Annually Two Payments (July and December)
Monthly 10 Payments (July-April)*

*Must be an auto-debit from a bank account.

Please also note, a $1,000 registration fee is due in May for the upcoming school year.

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 December 6, 2019 for the 2020-21 school year. 

Learn more about Riordan graduates in the Achieve Program in this article.


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


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 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.


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 $60,000 in 2018 and more than $500,000 over the past eight years. The number of applicants has more than tripled since the program began in 2010.

Please see below for general requirements of how to apply to this scholarship. More information, will be available later this fall.

For Students Applying to Riordan’s Freshman Class of 2024

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: How has your parent’s job as a law enforcement officer inspired you?

The due date for all materials for the Class of 2024 is January 21, 2020. 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 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA, 94112); the letter of recommendation should be mailed by its author directly to that address as well.

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)
  • The essay should be about 1,000 words, spell-checked and written in six paragraphs. P#1 – “Tell me what you are going to tell me.” State the three areas of division and the requirements for successful resolution. P#2-4 – One separate paragraph on each area of division. P#5 – One paragraph on how we can work together to resolve or narrow these divisions. P#6 – “Tell me what you told me.” Summarize your essay.

The due date for all materials will be announced later this fall. 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,

2019 – 2020 Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $21,200
Application Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $1,000

Additional tuition and fees apply for the Learning Support Program, Engineering ProgramBoarding and 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.

More Information

For additional questions about financial aid, please contact:

Mr. Matt Fochtman

Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator
415-586-8200 ext. 529

Parent Pledge Program

Each year we ask new parents to join the Parent Pledge Program, a four-year commitment made by families 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. Families who receive financial aid are asked to participate by making a pledge commensurate to their financial situation.

Make a Parent Pledge