The Independent Day School

Affordable Excellence: Affording an IDS Education

Tuition Assistance

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 Financial 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 financial assistance.
 • Admission decisions are not impacted by financial assistance applications.
 • Financial assistance awards are grants and do not need to be paid back.
 • All financial assistance arrangements are confidential.
Financial Assistance Timelines

Returning Families

New Families

FACTS Grant & Aid Application

January 15, 2019

Upon Completion of Admissions Application

Enrollment Contract Issued

February 1, 2019


Signed Enrollment Contract with Deposit Due

March 1, 2019

Two Weeks after Contract Issued

 Copies of the following, and others as required:
    •2017 tax return(s), W2s, Form 4506
    •2018 tax return(s), W2s, Form 4506

With application
As soon as possible, but no later than April 16, 2019

 With application
As soon as possible, but
no later than April 16, 2019

 2019-20 Tuition

 Preschool and Pre-K - Half Day $ 13,000
 Preschool and Pre-K - Full Day $ 16,900
 Kindergarten - Grade 5  $ 25,900
 Grades 6 - 8  $ 29,900

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. 

One payment
Balance of tuition (90%) plus $800 facilities fee due August 15

Two payments
60% of tuition balance plus $800 facilities fee due July 1
30% of tuition balance due December 16

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

Monthly payments
Balance of tuition plus $800 facilities fee payable in 10 monthly installments, April through January. 

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

The school does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, or national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected class in the administration of its admissions, educational programs, and activities, or access to tuition assistance.

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