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Tuition & Aid

Committed to Excellence & Access

Here at The Colorado Springs School, we recognize that investing in a stellar independent school education requires careful financial planning both from the family and the school. Through committee effort, we impartially assess what a family can contribute to educational expenses to make informed Indexed Tuition allocations. These decisions are often difficult and represent a long-term commitment for each family and the school. Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and fees, which support our community as a whole to best educate students for a dynamic world.

Indexed Tuition
Sibling and Alumni Discounts
External Scholarship Opportunities

Indexed Tuition

A move away from the traditional approach to tuition costs and financial aid to an innovative model for determining the tuition investment of every student. This approach sets tuition for each student within a known range, attainable for each respective family.

Learn more about applying for Indexed Tuition.

Sibling and Alumni Discounts

As a dynamic learning community, The Colorado Springs School wants to assist families with multiple child attendees.

Oldest Child:
Full tuition
Second Child:
2.5% tuition discount
Third Child:
5.0% tuition discount
Fourth Child:
7.5% tuition discount

The Colorado Springs School also offers a 10% discount on tuition for alumni with children. We proudly welcome the next generation of thinkers and problem-solvers.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Families are encouraged to apply for external scholarships to assist their students in completing their journey with The Colorado Springs School. The following are among the many philanthropic organizations that partner with CSS to offer need-based scholarships for students in Colorado Springs.

Parents Challenge

To be eligible for financial aid from Parents Challenge, you must:

  • Be a resident of El Paso County, Colorado
  • Meet federal income guidelines based on your total family income and the number of people in your household.

For those choosing to attend a private school like CSS, scholarships (up to $2,100 per year) are paid directly to CSS as partial payment for your annual tuition. (Checks are issued to the school with the parent verifying acceptance of scholarship.) Parent(s) are responsible for the remainder of the tuition and any other fees, materials, and transportation that may be required for enrollment in the private school.


MILITARY FAMILIES
Folds of Honor

Mission: We the people have found what unites us. It’s our honor to empower people from every walk of life through education and the opportunities it creates. Forty-one percent of Folds of Honor scholarships are awarded to minorities, making our recipient family as diverse as the country we call home.

Learn more about scholarship types and deadlines.

Folded Flag

For eligible children in grades K-12, The Folded Flag Foundation provides scholarships and educational grants to cover private school tuition and fees, tutoring, after-school programs, summer camps, and other related educational expenses.

Learn more about application requirements and the application process.

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

The Board of Trustees has announced the below tuition increases for unlocked and new families beginning with the 2023-2024 academic year.

Note: single-student tuition totals include a $1,250 non-refundable tuition deposit.

  • Families with two children: $1,250 non-refundable deposit for first student; $1,000 for second student.
  • Families with three children: $1,250 non-refundable deposit for first student; $1,000 for second student; $750 for third student.
  • Families with four children: $1,250 non-refundable deposit for first student; $1,000 for second student; $750 for third student; $500 for fourth student.

Grade Level Tuition Fees Included in Tuition Estimated Additional Fees
PreK (5 Half Days)
$11,500
Lunch $5.50/day (optional); School Supplies
PreK (5 Full Days)
$16,000
Lunch: $5.50/day (optional); School Supplies
Grades K – 5
$20,200
Fall Adventure; Colorado Expedition
Lunch: $7.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies
Grades 6 – 8 (MS Students)
$24,000
Seminar I
Athletics: $100 per sport; Seminar II: $180-$700; Seminar III: $250-$850; 8th Grade Walkabout: up to $1,500; Lunch: $9.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies; Bring Your Own Device Program
Grades 9 – 12 (US Students)
$26,000
Mountain Caravan
Books: $300-$900; ECSs: $250-$10,000; Athletics: $175 per sport; Lunch: $9.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies; Bring Your Own Device Program
Grades K – 5 (International Students)
$25,000
Fall Adventure; Colorado Expedition
Lunch: $7.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies
Grades 6 – 8 (International Students)
$28,000
Seminar I
Athletics: $100 per sport; Seminar II: $180-$700; Seminar III: $250-$850; 8th Grade Walkabout: up to $1,500; Lunch: $9.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies; Bring Your Own Device Program
Grades 9 – 12 (International Students)
$33,000
Mountain Caravan
Books: $300-$900; ECSs: $250-$10,000; Athletics: $175 per sport; Homestay Fee: $12,000; Lunch: $9.50/day (optional); Bus Transportation: $750-$2,000 (optional); School Supplies; Bring Your Own Device Program

Payment Plan:

• Annual (2.9% credit/debit card convenience fee for this payment method,* plus optional 2.5% Tuition Insurance Plan) - Due May 1
• Monthly (1% admin fee and 2.9% credit/debit card convenience fee for this payment method,* plus 2.5% Tuition Insurance Plan) - 10 Payments beginning July 1

*This is a pass-through fee charged to CSS by credit card companies; CSS does not benefit from this fee.

Tuition Obligation Policy: The School’s expenses are fixed well in advance of the academic year. Pre-payments of tuition are payable to the School as liquidated damages and are subject to the following penalties given withdrawal or dismissal from the School within the timeframe below:

  • On or before June 1 - 50% of scheduled tuition and fees owed, including forfeiture of the enrollment deposit
  • On or after July 1 - 75% of the scheduled tuition and fees owed, including forfeiture of the enrollment deposit
  • On or after August 1 - 100% of the scheduled tuition and fees owed, including forfeiture of the enrollment deposit

Parents' obligation to pay the charges for tuition and fees for the entire year is unconditional and no portion of such charges so paid or outstanding will be refunded or canceled notwithstanding the subsequent absence, withdrawal or dismissal from the School of the named student. The School cannot refund tuition or cancel unpaid obligations if a child chooses or is forced to withdraw during the academic year. Read more about Dewar's Tuition Insurance.

Seminars and Experience-Centered Seminars: Experience-Centered Seminars (ECSs) and Middle School Seminars will be billed, per student, in installments through FACTS from November through April. For questions, please contact the Business Office.