Variable Tuition

Does independent school tuition seem out of reach? At New City School our Variable Tuition program helps to support families at all levels

For almost 50 years, New City School has been committed to providing an excellent progressive education to students and families in the St. Louis metropolitan area. New City School’s founders imagined a school that was reflective of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and a school that served a diverse population of students. In order to strengthen and sustain our commitment to middle class families and socio-economic diversity, we are launching a new program that will replace our more traditional financial aid program. This new program is called Variable Tuition.

What is Variable Tuition?

Variable tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this helps make a New City School education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. As a result, our students will continue to represent a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, enhancing the learning experience for every New City student and strengthening and sustaining our commitment to middle class families and socio-economic diversity.

How can I apply?

 

Apply for Variable Tuition by completing an Intent to Apply for Tuition Assistance Form, and fill out the online FACTS application. The Intent to Apply form can be accessed by clicking Intent to Apply for Tuition Assistance and begin your FACTS application on or after November 1, 2018 by clicking FACTS. Along with your online application with FACTS, you will submit your 2018 completed taxes and W2s, directly to FACTS.

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FAQ for New Families

Should every new New City family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay full tuition should submit an application

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student's chance of being admitted to the school?

No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process. New City School practices need-blind admissions.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances can qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

Are some families awarded full tuition?

No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?

No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

No. New City School has established student to teacher ratios and maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

 

FAQ for Current Families

Should every returning New City family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay the full tuition should submit an application.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year, the same way as under the former process.

If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Do returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. Re-enrolling New City students who submit an application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. Again, this is the exact same process we employ now, only the terminology to describe the process has changed.

Are some families awarded full tuition awards?

No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

No. New City School has established student to teacher ratios and maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

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Tuition Information

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year for full-day classes is $20,630.

Tuition for the part-day 3/4 year-old program is $14,640 (8:30 am - 1 pm). There is a full-day option (8:30 am - 3:30 pm) for 3/4 year-olds as well as extended care after 3:30 pm.  An optional part-day 4/5 year-old program is also available at this rate.

There are three payment options offered for tuition:

  • one lump sum
  • three payments
  • ten monthly payments