Admission

Tuition and Affordability

Affordable Excellence: Affording an IDS Education

While the value of an IDS experience is clear, affording an independent school tuition can be a financial challenge. This challenge can become even more daunting when families are faced with affording tuition for more than one child. As such, IDS is committed to working with families to close the gap between what they can afford and the cost of an IDS education.
Available to full-day students in Preschool through Grade 8, IDS financial assistance is based on the need of the family and has no bearing on our admission decisions. To be considered for tuition assistance, please complete an application online with FACTS Grant & Aid.

In addition to completing the FACTS application, IDS requires that families also submit copies of tax forms directly to FACTS. In those cases where parents are not living together, the resources of both parents will be considered in establishing the family’s level of need. Award decisions are made by the IDS Tuition Assistance Committee.

Did you know that…

  • Families earning more than $200,000 per year may qualify for tuition assistance, depending on circumstances.
  • More than 45% of our families receive some form of tuition assistance.
  • Admission decisions are not impacted by tuition assistance applications.
  • Tuition assistance awards are grants and do not need to be paid back.
  • All tuition assistance arrangements are confidential.

Financial Assistance Timelines

Returning Families New Families
FACTS Grant & Aid Application January 15, 2021 January 15, 2021
Enrollment Contract Issued February 1, 2021 March 5, 2021
Signed Enrollment Contract with Deposit Due March 1, 2021 April 15, 2021
Copies of the following, and others as required:
•2019 tax return(s), W2s, Form 4506
•2020 tax return(s), W2s, Form 4506
With application
As soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2021
With application
As soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2021


Please note that any new student tuition assistance applications received after the deadline will be considered and processed on an individual basis. Do not let missing the deadline deter from applying.




2020-2021 Tuition

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  • Beginner and Pre-K - Half Day

    $13,650
  • Beginner and Pre-K - Full Day

    $17,750
  • Kindergarten - Grade 5

    $27,200
  • Grades 6 - 8

    $31,400
    • Autumn Games

      Autumn Games

Payment Options

IDS offers a variety of payment options. Regardless of the payment option selected, a 10% deposit is due with the signed enrollment contract.

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  • Monthly payments

    Balance of tuition plus $800 facilities fee payable in 10 monthly installments, April through January.
  • One payment

    Balance of tuition (90%) plus $800 facilities fee due August 15
  • Three payments

    40% of tuition balance plus $800 facilities fee due June 3
    30% of tuition balance due August 15
    20% of tuition balance due December 16
  • Two payments

    60% of tuition balance plus $800 facilities fee due July 1
    30% of tuition balance due December 16
The sooner you start your financial planning for an IDS education, the better. Please call the Business Office at (860) 347-7235 if you have any questions. You can also email us at ids@independentdayschool.org.