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Applying for Indexed Tuition

We recognize that the full cost of an independent school education may be a challenging choice for the families of many outstanding students. In addition to Indexed Tuition (IT) awards provided by the school, donors, and corporations provide tuition assistance to deserving students who otherwise would be unable to benefit from a CSS education. Indexed Tuition decisions are made independently of admission decisions and do not affect a candidate’s admission decision.

The Colorado Springs School follows the guiding principles established by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) that the responsibility of financing a private education rests primarily with the student’s family. Approximately one-third of our families receive financial assistance.

2019-2020 Tuition Chart with Indexed Tuition Ranges

Download the Indexed Tuition Process and Overview, including Parent Checklist (PDF), here. It is important that all parents review this document to better understand our requirements, process, and deadlines. In order to apply for IT, an Admission application is necessary. 

Step 1:

Complete the on-line SSS Parent Financial Statement by February 1

To apply for financial assistance, parents must submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). In the case of divorced or separated parents, both parents must submit an individual SSS PFS.

Complete the PFS form online at
The Colorado Springs School’s code is 2512.

Beginning November 1, parents may access the online PFS form for the following school year. The CSS Indexed Tuition deadline for all indexed tuition application materials, including the SSS PFS, is February 1. Late applications will be accepted based on availability and awards may be limited. Late IT applications may also be placed in the wait pool until all decisions have been made to those applicants who have submitted all required IT documents by the February 1 deadline.

Step 2:

Submit Federal Tax Form 1040, IRS Form 4506T (signed, not dated) and all supporting schedules and W-2 forms

All documents must be uploaded to the SSS Portal by February 1. If the most recent tax year documents are not available, the school will accept tax forms for the previous year and any decisions made will be contingent upon receipt of the immediate previous year’s tax forms.

Step 3:

Review by Indexed Tuition Committee

Upon review by the Indexed Tuition committee, decisions are made based on a family’s demonstrated financial need.

Important notes:

  • Awards are for tuition only and do not cover the cost of books, supplies, transportation, lunches, school trips, including middle school seminars and Upper School Experience Centered Seminar program, or personal expenses.
  • For continued eligibility, students with indexed tuition must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing, and all remaining tuition and fees must be paid as billed.
  • All returning indexed tuition applicants must submit a re-enrollment contract and deposit in order to be considered for indexed tuition.
  • All family financial data and subsequent proceedings with the school are strictly confidential.
  • Families are required to keep all indexed tuition information confidential.
  • Families must apply for their indexed tuition annually by the deadlines stated by the School. Late applications may result in decreased awards due to the availability of funds.
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