Tuition and Affordability

At MICDS, students are prepared not only with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful but also with the desire and confidence to make a difference in the world. They are supported by faculty, coaches, administrators and peers as they discover and further their passions in and out of the classroom. Students matriculate to many of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country where they continue to pursue lives of purpose and service.

tuition

A worthy investment.

2019-20 Tuition and Average Tuition Assistance:

Division Grades Tuition Average Need-based Award
Lower School JK-4 $21,160 $11,500
Middle School 5 & 6 $25,120 $15,780
Middle School 7 & 8 $29,040 $18,300
Upper School 9-12 $29,040 $18,300

At our School, many of the extra costs associated with attending MICDS are included with tuition —lunch and snacks at each division, field trips for all grades, laptops in Middle and Upper school, technology fees, ACT and SAT prep, Parents Association dues, summer Bridge orientation programs for new Middle and Upper School students, Pathfinders, optional after-school study time for 7th-12th graders, and summer strength and conditioning sessions for our student-athletes. Charges in the Middle and Upper School grades for books, athletics and classroom materials, may cost an additional $500-$1,500 per year.

Tuition Assistance

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MICDS’ extraordinary education is an investment in the future and is available for all qualified students, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Through a substantial tuition assistance program, we are committed to bringing the cost of an MICDS education within reach for families.  For the 2019-20 school year, 24% of our students benefited from over $5,100,000 in tuition assistance.

Our tuition assistance program is a need-based program. Need is defined as the difference between educational expenses and the family’s ability to pay those expenses. Most families of four earning under $175,000 qualify for tuition assistance.

2019-20 Tuition Discounts and Fees Based on Household Income:

Household Income Under $100,000 $100K-$200K
Average Percent of Tuition Discount 78% 54%
Average Tuition Fee $5,800 $12,400

Every family is unique and many factors are considered in determining tuition discounts.

Students who received assistance with tuition also receive assistance with other essential costs such as textbooks and AP exam fees for enrolled courses.

Each family is a financial partner for their student’s education. An honest and collaborative tuition assistance application process will yield the best result for the family and MICDS. NAIS’ Guiding Principles for Families supports this best practice.

Application Process

Learn about the tuition assistance application process.

MICDS partners with School and Student Services (SSS) in our tuition assistance online application process. Applications for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted beginning on October 2, 2019. An application includes a Parents Financial Statement (PFS), the household 2018 federal tax returns and W-2 statements.

Admission decisions are made solely on a student’s merits, irrespective of the family’s ability to pay. Therefore, the admission application process and the tuition assistance application process are separate and distinct. Families will be notified of tuition assistance at the time of the Admission decision.

Practices and Policies

Application Deadlines

Apply early.

MICDS puts a substantial amount of money toward tuition assistance, but there are limits to the budget. Adhering to these deadlines is essential. For our currently enrolled students, the early deadline allows us to consider the needs of our returning students before those of newly applying students. Missing application deadlines will put your family’s ability to receive assistance in jeopardy.

Application Deadlines:

Currently Enrolled Families December 2, 2019
New 9th Grade Applicants December 16, 2019
Family Early Action Option (JK) Applicants December 16, 2019
New Applicants for All Other Grade Levels February 3, 2020

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