Tuition

We Are Committed to Excellence and Access.

Through the school’s Tuition Lock initiative, innovative Indexed Tuition program, merit scholarship opportunities, and sibling and alumni discounts, an independent school education may be within reach for your student.

Tuition Lock
Indexed Tuition
Merit Scholarships
Sibling and Alumni Discounts

Tuition Lock

The Board of Trustees has voted to continue the Tuition Lock program for the 2021-2022 school year. The Tuition Lock Program allows current families that re-enroll by February 15 to avoid annual increases in tuition. This rewards our current families for their commitment to a CSS education, allows them to plan for the future, and is part of our strategic plan to bolster enrollment and retain mission-minded students and families. As the last five years has shown, growing our student body benefits the overall health of the school and our students in many ways, including increased academic, athletic and social opportunities. Thank you for investing in your child’s future and for remaining with us today and in the future.

Re-enrollment Action Steps

Submit your $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit between February 1-15, 2022, to complete your re-enrollment contract and ensure that:

  • Your child(ren) have a spot in their class(es) for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Families enrolled at CSS prior to this year continue to benefit from locked tuition.
  • First-year CSS families will have their current tuition rates locked at 2021-2022 rates (see below).

The Value of Tuition Lock

Children’s School

First-year families who re-enroll in the Children's School on or before February 15 will lock in their current tuition rate for the duration of their child's attendance in grades Kindergarten through 5. For a single student entering Kindergarten, this program could save a family as much as $9,100* per student. Tuition Lock does not apply to PreKindergarten students.

Middle School

First-year Middle School families who re-enroll on or before February 15 will lock in the current tuition rate for the duration of their child's attendance in the Middle and Upper School divisions. For a single student entering 6th grade, this program could save families as much as $2,100* through grade 8. If a student remains at CSS for Middle and Upper School, his/her tuition rate locks for all of Upper School, at the rate that Upper School tuition was when the student entered Middle School. For a single student under this plan, his or her family could save as much as $17,100* (per student) over the course of seven years.

Upper School

First-year families who re-enroll in the Upper School on or before February 15 will lock in the current tuition rate for the duration of their child's attendance in the Upper School (9th-12th grade). For a single student entering 9th grade, his or her family could save as much as $4,800* (per student) over the course of four years.

*Note: accumulated savings are estimated based on attendance for all grades in the division, paying full current tuition, and compared to increases based on past history at CSS and tuition gradients common among peer schools. For purposes of these estimates, a 3.2% tuition increase gradient is used to calculate the potential value. Actual tuition increases and tuition policies are approved by the CSS Board of Trustees annually.

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 the program.

Learn more about applying for Indexed Tuition.

Merit Scholarships

Innovator and Inventor Scholarships

Is your child a tinkerer or maker? Do they possess an innovative spirit? Do they look at the world with an innate desire to make a difference? If so, we welcome this diversity of talent, interest and perspective to help shape our vibrant school community.

Innovator and Inventor Scholarships were available to new applicants in grades 6 through 12 for the 2021-2022 school year. While awards vary in size, they do remain assigned to each individual for the duration of their attendance, as long as they remain in good academic standing.

I
nnovator Scholarship

  • Awarded to one new Middle School student and one new Upper School student annually
  • Recipients may be awarded up to 90% tuition

Inventor Scholarship

  • Awarded to multiple students annually
  • Recipients may be awarded up to 50% tuition

Scholarship recipients are considered upon admission, and must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Exhibit academic excellence
  • Possess a distinct passion for science, math, engineering and creative arts
  • Participate in a variety of extra-curricular programs, including athletics, drama, art and/or music
  • Demonstrate outstanding character and leadership in and out of the classroom

Upper School Merit Scholarship Program

The Upper School Merit Scholarship Program is a four-year scholarship reserved for current 8th grade students who re-enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year.

Traditionally, recipients of the scholarship are 8th graders who:

  • Exhibit academic excellence
  • Possess a distinct passion in an academic program area
  • Stand out in a variety of CSS programs, including athletics, drama, art and/or music
  • Exhibit outstanding character and leadership in and out of the classroom
  • Are not currently receiving an Innovator or Inventor Merit Scholarship award

Please note scholarships are subject to change.

Sibling and Alumni Discounts

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

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

With a history of nearly 60 years, The Colorado Springs School offers alumni a 10% discount on tuition for their children. We proudly welcome the next generation of thinkers and problem-solvers.

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

Grade Level Tuition Deposit* Fees Included in Tuition Estimated Additional Fees
PreK – 3 (Full Days)
$9,975
$1,000
School Supplies
$0
PreK – 5 (Half Days)
$9,250
$1,000
School Supplies
$0
PreK – 5 (Full Days)
$13,400
$1,000
School Supplies
$0
Grades K – 5
$18,100
$1,000
Fall Adventure, Colorado Expeditions, School Supplies
$0
Grades 6 – 8 (MS Students)
$22,000
$1,000
School Supplies
Seminar II: $150-$350 Seminar III: $350-500 8th Grade Walkabout: $1,000
Grades 9 – 12 (US Students)
$24,300
$1,000
Athletics, Mountain Caravan
Books: $300-900 ECSs: $500-$4,800
Grades 6 – 8 (International Students)
$27,100
$1,000
Athletics, Seminar I
Lunches, incidentals and seminars: $6,000 Homestay Fee: $12,000
Grades 9 – 12 (International Students)
$30,200
$1,000
Athletics, Mountain Caravan
Books: $300-$900 Lunches, incidentals and ECSs: $6,000 Homestay Fee: $12,000

*Non-refundable Deposit: Deposit is due upon the submission of your enrollment contract and is deducted from gross tuition.

Payment Plan:

• Annual (no admin fee, plus optional 2.65% Tuition Insurance Plan) - Due May 1
• Monthly (Includes 2.8% administrative fee, plus 2.65% Tuition Insurance Plan) - 10 Payments beginning July 1

Tuition Obligation Policy: Pre-payments of tuition are 100% refundable, less the deposit, prior to May 1 of the upcoming school year. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER MAY 1. The school’s expenses are fixed well in advance of the school year. Therefore, the parents’ obligation to pay the tuition and fees for the full academic year is absolute, unconditional, and non-refundable after May 1. The school cannot refund tuition or cancel unpaid obligations if your child chooses or is forced to withdraw during the academic year.

Seminars and Experience-Centered Seminars: Middle School Seminar I is billed on February 1 and Seminar II is billed on April 1. The per-student fee for 8th Grade Walkabout is split between the March and April billing statements. Upper School ECS's are billed based on the cost of the experience. ECS's that cost equal to or are greater than $1,800 are billed in six equal installments beginning September 1. Those that cost between $1,000-$1,799 are billed in four equal installments beginning November 1. An ECS that costs less than $1,000 is billed in two equal installments beginning January 1.