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 50% 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 December 31, 2023 January 15, 2024
Enrollment Contract Issued February 1, 2024 March 8, 2024
Signed Enrollment Contract with Deposit Due February 23, 2024 April 10, 2024
Copies of the following, and others as required:
•2022 tax return(s), W2s, Form 4506
With application
As soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2024
With application
As soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2024

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 you from applying.

2024-2025 Tuition

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  • Beginner - Half Day

  • Beginner - Full Day

  • Pre-K - Full Day

  • Kindergarten

  • Grades 1 - 2

  • Grades 3 - 4

  • Grades 5 - 6

  • Grades 7 - 8

    • 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 $900 facilities fee payable in 10 monthly installments, April through January.
  • One payment

    Balance of tuition (90%) plus $900 facilities fee due August 2
  • Three payments

    40% of tuition balance plus $900 facilities fee due June 1
    30% of tuition balance due August 2
    20% of tuition balance due December 1
  • Two payments

    60% of tuition balance plus $800 facilities fee due July 1
    30% of tuition balance due December 1
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