Tuition & financial aid

Families see Aspen Country Day School as a smart investment, a way to prepare their children for the journey ahead. They understand the value of the confidence, resilience, and joy in learning that children take out into the world when they graduate.

Fees for 2021-22

Activity & book fee and transportation: now included in tuition
As of the 2021-22 school year, there are no additional charges for transportation, books, Outdoor Ed and field trips, and supplies.

Dining Hall fee for First-Eighth Graders: $1,000
Children in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten bring their own lunch, as teachers find that familiar food from home is best to fuel learning in these younger grades. First through Eighth Graders will head to the Dining Hall for wholesome individually packaged lunches, all inclusive for a fee of $1,000 for the entire year. Read more about lunch here.

one-time Middle School Chromebook purchase: $300
All Sixth Graders (or new Middle School students) are issued a school Chromebook.

major trips
Charges for major class programs (such as the Washington, DC trip for Eighth Graders) are billed separately with ample notice so families can plan ahead.

How billing works

Aspen Country Day School uses TADS, a secure online system for families to pay tuition and fees. Families sign in to TADS to check balances, make payments, and to re-enroll in February for the coming academic year. A non-refundable enrollment deposit, which is applied to tuition, is due upon enrollment/re-enrollment. The balance (total of tuition and fees) is due in June. Payment plans (1, 2, or 10 installments) are available.

Families concerned with affording the full cost of attending Aspen Country Day School are strongly encouraged to apply.

Aspen Country Day School has provided more than $14 million to families in need since 2010. More than one in five students receives some form of tuition assistance.

Financial Aid Q&A

Who can apply for aid?

Any current or prospective student may submit the online aid application and required tax forms (1040s, W-2s, business tax returns and other tax documents). Financial aid awards are available only for students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.

How does it work?

The guiding principle is that aid is need based, and given a fair determination of need, the family should assume as much financial responsibility as possible. Families should expect to contribute to their child’s educational expenses to the greatest extent they are able, given their economic situation.

To help determine each family’s need, Aspen Country Day School subscribes to TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services) for financial aid processing and assessment. This is the same service we use for online enrollment and billing. Completing the form is not difficult; most of the information is already in your tax returns. Common factors taken into consideration are family income, assets, debts, family size, age of parents, number of children attending tuition-based institutions, home equity, and certain other expenses.

Can you estimate how much aid we might receive?

Our third-party financial aid system, TADS, recommends an amount the family could afford for independent school education. This is based on the information you provide. If this “recommended family contribution” is less than the tuition, then the family may qualify for a grant, which is intended to help make up the difference. Grant monies are allocated early in the calendar year, so it is important to apply for aid early. Aspen Country Day School is not always able to meet demonstrated need.

How do we find out what our aid would be?

The Aspen Country Day School Financial Aid Committee reviews each file carefully and confidentially. It may adjust the amount of the recommended family contribution based upon school policy, demand, and supporting documentation. The school then lets you know the amount of your grant, if any. If you choose to accept this award, it is deducted from the tuition due as you complete enrollment through the TADS system.

Is aid confidential?

Yes! This entire process is confidential, start to finish; no classmates or teachers or parents are told who is receiving financial aid. We ask that aid recipients also keep their grants confidential.

Is it worth applying for aid?

Many times families hesitate to investigate tuition assistance because they assume that they will not qualify. It may well be that you will not qualify for a large grant, however, even a small award could make the difference in the decision to enroll or to continue at Country Day.

Is it possible to get a grant to cover all expenses?

There are no full expense grants, and each family participates financially to some extent. Again, the amount owed is based on ability to pay. The intent of this policy is not to burden families, but to create a partnership with the school with the common goal of enabling students to benefit from independent school education.

Do we have to re-apply for aid each year?

Yes. Because families may need one level of assistance one year—and more or less the next—all families are required to submit a new financial aid application every year.

Apply for financial aid

For priority consideration, please complete your application by December 1 (current families) or February 1 (new applicants).

Step 1: complete this practice worksheet

Step 2: start your application in an online account

Step 3: upload your prior-year tax returns

Step 4: review your award