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Tuition and Affordability
At MICDS, we strive to live into our bold Mission as we cultivate students who are equipped with academic, social, and emotional intelligence. We prepare students with the knowledge, skills, desire, and confidence needed to be successful and make a difference in an ever-growing, ever-changing world. Students are supported by faculty, coaches, administrators, and peers as they discover and further their passions in and out of the classroom.
25% of MICDS students were collectively granted over 5.4 million in tuition assistance for the 2020-21 academic year.
Collectively, the Class of 2020 is attending 96 different colleges and universities in 32 different states among which 20 will be playing intercollegiate athletics.
Community of Kindness
The Middle School Honor Code is just one of the many ways that students are challenged to become their very best selves.
With heart and passion along with robust resources and intentional programming, students collaborate from Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Unique learning opportunities transcend any distance to support our MICDS students and their families.
Tuition and Average Tuition Assistance:
|2020-21 Tuition||Tuition After the $2,000 Ram Relief Fund Credit for 2020-21||Average Need-Based Tuition Assistance|
|Lower School (Grades JK-4)||$21,800||$19,800||$11,700|
|Middle School (Grades 5 & 6)||$25,900||$23,900||$13,700|
|Middle School (Grades 7 & 8)||$29,900||$27,900||$19,000|
|Upper School (Grades 9-12)||$29,900||$27,900||$19,000|
- What's Included with Tuition?
- Lunch and snacks at each division
- Field trips for all grades
- Tablets in Lower School
- 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 Summer Institute
- Optional after-school study time for 7th-12th graders
- Summer strength and conditioning sessions for our student-athletes
Other charges for textbooks, athletics, and classroom supplies can cost $500 to $1,500 per year.
Need-based tuition assistance.
MICDS’ 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. Family situations vary greatly and in addition to income, many factors such as household size, parent age, number of children in tuition paying schools, business, and personal assets, and debt are considered when determining a family’s need for assistance. Generally speaking, a family of four earning $175,000 and two students in tuition charging schools is likely to qualify for tuition assistance.
Admission decisions are made solely on a student’s merits, irrespective of the family’s ability to pay. Therefore, applying for tuition assistance requires a separate application from the admissions application. MICDS partners with School and Student Services (SSS) for our tuition assistance online application process. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted beginning on October 2, 2020. A complete application includes a Parents Financial Statement (PFS), the household 2019 federal tax filing and W-2 statements. All applications are confidential. Decisions on tuition assistance are provided at the time of the admission decision.
More on How to Apply for Tuition Assistance
Obtain more information on how to apply for tuition assistance.
Guiding Principles for Families
These principles reflect the standards of equity and fairness among applicants and the collaborative nature of the application process.
Application Opening Date and Deadlines for First Round Consideration:
|Application Process Opens||October 2, 2020|
|Currently Enrolled Students||December 4, 2020|
|New 9th Grade Applicants||December 11, 2020|
|Family Early Action Option (JK) Applicants||December 18, 2020|
|New Applicants for All Other Grade Levels||February 1, 2021|
- When is tuition due?
Tuition is due on the following dates:
- 10% is due at the time of enrollment
- 70% of the balance is due on August 15th of the current school year
- 30% of the balance is due on December 15th of the current school year
- Are there tuition payment options?
Payments can be made by check or through the MICDS website with ACH transfer or credit card. A 10-month payment plan (10-Pay Plan) is available. In this plan, monthly payments are automatically withdrawn from an account on a specific day of each month, July through April.
- Can I use my 529 plan to pay tuition?
Yes, 529 plans can be accessed to pay tuition fees at MICDS for grades K-12. As of 2018, for federal tax benefit purposes, up to $10,000 in tuition expenses per student per year is exempt. In addition, Missouri taxpayers can use 529 assets with no state tax consequences. This is not the case with all states, so if you reside outside of Missouri, please consult your tax advisor.
- Why is there an MICDS Fund on top of tuition costs?
Gifts to the MICDS Fund help to offset the cost of tuition and the full cost of educating a student at MICDS. All gifts are considered charitable contributions and are fully tax-deductible.
- What is tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance is a need-based financial aid grant that does not need to be paid back. All tuition assistance grants are based solely on a family’s demonstrated need as determined by Student Services and the MICDS Tuition Assistance Committee. More than 5.4 million dollars in tuition assistance was provided for the 2020-21 academic year.
- What are the 2020-21 school year tuition assistance application deadlines?
Currently Enrolled Students December 4, 2020 New 9th Grade Applicants December 11, 2020 Family Early Action Option (JK) Applicants December 18, 2020 New Applicants for All Other Grade Levels February 1, 2021
Learn more in our Affording MICDS brochure.
- What if I miss the tuition assistance application deadline?
Adhering to the submission deadlines is essential for first round consideration. Allocations for tuition assistance will be accepted beyond the deadline, though assistance may be limited.
- What is demonstrated need?
“Demonstrated need” is defined as the difference between the amount a family can be expected to contribute to the cost of the student’s education and the amount of annual tuition. All families attending MICDS are expected to contribute toward the cost of their student’s education.
- What does tuition assistance cover?
Tuition assistance is a tuition reduction. Families who receive tuition assistance also receive partial assistance with other essential costs beyond tuition such as textbooks, summer reading, and extended day services.
- When will I receive a decision about tuition assistance?
Decisions on tuition assistance are made available at the same time as the admission decision and are included in the student enrollment agreement.
- What effect does a tuition assistance application have on a student's admission application?
None. Admission decisions are made irrespective of a family’s ability to pay. The admission process and the tuition assistance process are separate and distinct.
- Will the level of tuition assistance change in subsequent years?
Possibly. Because a family’s financial circumstances are subject to change, we require families to reapply for tuition assistance every year. However, if your family situation remains relatively the same, then you can expect relatively the same percentage of tuition assistance–understanding that tuition and fees are likely to increase each year. On the contrary, significant changes in household income, either up or down, would likely have an impact on a family’s demonstrated need.
- What if I am separated or divorced?
In cases of divorce or separation, each parent is required to complete the tuition assistance application for their respective household.
- Who has access to my financial information?
Tuition assistance applications are reviewed by the Tuition Assistance Committee. All information is secure and held in strict confidence.