We understand that the cost of programs like Oxbow is difficult for many families to afford, and we work very hard to make Oxbow possible for families of all income levels by offering need and merit-based scholarships. Over 50% of Oxbow students receive some level of scholarship, ranging from small merit awards, to full need-based scholarships.


Tuition for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters is $31,000; this amount is all-inclusive which means the charge covers room and board, classes, art supplies, books, field trips, meals, visiting artist events, and all elements of the core Oxbow experience. Families are now able to use 529 savings plans to pay for private high schools, including Semester Schools like Oxbow.

Upon acceptance into the Oxbow program, student families are asked to submit a deposit to secure the student's space in the program. The deposit is applied to the cost of tuition.

A semester at Oxbow opens the door to a wealth of opportunities and is an investment in a student's educational future. Many parents credit Oxbow for their child's success in gaining admission and earning scholarships from their top choice colleges.

Need-Based Scholarships

Oxbow offers a wide range of need-based financial aid to enable access to our program to students of all backgrounds. Our ability to do this is thanks to generous contributions from donors who believe in the exceptional quality of the curriculum and student experience at Oxbow.

The Oxbow School uses School and Students Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. It is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS provides schools with an estimated amount each family can contribute to educational expenses. We then review each application on a case-by-case basis and work closely with families to get them the funding they need.

Those students interested in applying for need-based scholarships should request financial aid when filling out our part-one online application.

To begin your financial aid application please visit SSS by NAIS. You can download this guide from the SSS website for more information regarding how to complete the financial aid application. The Oxbow school code is 1962. In cases of divorce or separation each parent should complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).

Questions can be directed to our Director of Admissions, Holly McVeigh at holly@oxbowschool.org or 707-363-0449.

Merit Scholarships

Oxbow is able to offer limited merit-based scholarships for those families who may not qualify for need-based aid. These scholarships range from $500 to $3,500 and are reserved for applicants who demonstrate that they are excellent candidates for the school. Applicants interested in Merit Scholarships are asked to write a statement about why they hope to receive a merit scholarship and what qualities they have to contribute to the Oxbow community. This statement should be under one page, include the student’s first and last name and be submitted by email to the Admissions Director, Holly McVeigh at admissions@oxbowschool.org.


Depending on the curricular requirements of the sending school, some students elect to continue their studies in subjects not offered at Oxbow through tutoring. Tutoring in foreign language offered at Oxbow adds an additional $1000 to the costs of attending Oxbow. Students sometimes elect to hire an outside tutor or Skype with an existing home tutor if they anticipate needing support for required sending school coursework that is not offered at Oxbow.


Students are required to have health insurance to participate in our program. For those families who do not have health insurance, information about short-term insurance plans may be found at www.ehealthinsurance.com.

Spending Money

Many families provide their student with spending money. While this is not absolutely necessary, it can enhance the 16-week Oxbow experience. Students have the option to keep their funds in an account maintained by the school office or they can use local ATMs.