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.

Average Grant

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 widely 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.

View the “Average Grant by Household Income Chart” below and click here to enlarge the chart.

tuition and tuition assistance

Tuition and average tuition assistance grants:

2024-25 Tuition Average Need-Based Tuition Assistance for 2024-25
Lower School (Grades JK-4) $25,460 $15,500
Middle School (Grades 5 & 6) $30,190 $19,200
Middle & Upper School (Grades 7-12) $34,910 $21,600

What's included with tuition?

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Lunch and snacks at each division

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Field trips for all grades

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Tablets in Lower School and laptops in Middle and Upper School

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Technology fees

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ACT and SAT prep

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Parents Association dues

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Summer Bridge orientation programs for new Middle and Upper School students

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Pathfinders Summer Institute

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Optional after-school study time for 7th-12th graders

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Summer strength and conditioning sessions for our student-athletes

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Student Accident Insurance

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Other Chargers

Please note that other charges for textbooks, athletics, and classroom supplies can cost up to $1,500 per year.

How to Apply

Tuition assistance application timeline & process.

How to Apply

MICDS is proud to use Clarity to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the application, which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.

  • To get started with your tuition assistance application, please go to Clarity and create an account.
  • The application typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete and is mobile-friendly, so you can complete it from anywhere. You are able to save your progress and return at any time.
  • At the end of the application, there is a $60 fee to submit, and you can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools.
  • The deadline for completing the tuition assistance application, including relevant supplemental documents, is November 25, 2024, for current families, and December 13, 2024 – January 31, 2025, for new families, depending on the grade level, which is detailed below.
  • Join events to more deeply understand the tuition assistance process.
    • MICDS: Need-Based Tuition Assistance Program (WEBINAR) — Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration here.
  • If you need support during the process of completing your application, there is in-app support available, email and phone support at or (206)210-3752, in both English and Spanish, or you are welcome to contact Ciera Field, MICDS Associate Director of Admission – Tuition Assistance at


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Tuition FAQs

Tuition Assistance FAQs

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