Flexible Tuition Program
We strive to make a PDS education an affordable and achievable goal for every student who becomes enrolled. Families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition are encouraged to apply for our flexible tuition program. Before starting the application process, please note:
● Parents of students at all grade levels (Pre-K through Grade 12) can apply, however international students are not eligible for flexible tuition.
● Flexible tuition applications and awards are only determined after a student has completed the admissions process. A family’s financial need in no way affects a student’s acceptance by the school.
● PDS does not require repayment of flexible tuition awards; however, recipients must reapply annually. In most cases, an award will remain at the same level relative to tuition costs.
● The maximum amount of aid available to a family that demonstrates significant need is 75% of the overall cost for tuition.
How to Apply
1 - Sign up for TADS below (current families can use the same link to sign in)
PDS uses TADS (a trusted third-party assessment service) to determine each family’s financial need, ensuring that each request for assistance is being evaluated objectively and professionally.
2 - Complete the TADS worksheet (optional)
TADS offers a handy worksheet that helps applicants prepare all the necessary information and documents needed for the application process. You can download the worksheet at the link below.
3 - Complete and submit your application and required paperwork
TADS will ask for specific tax and financial paperwork to be sent to them based on the details of your application. Once all the required paperwork is in and the application is submitted, the data used to determine your award will be made available to PDS. We do not consider this data until the admissions and/or re-enrollment process is completed.
Returning families (applying for the following academic year):
● Submit flexible tuition application by January 1st
● Submit most recent tax return by April 30th
● Submit application and supporting documents when you apply for admission
Will Our Family Qualify?
Here are some potential examples of flexible tuition based on the 2017-2018 admissions season. TADS factors in a number of different pieces of financial information: for example, the salaries of adults in the household and whether other children are at tuition paying schools, including college. TADS also asks families to add information about cars, home equity, medical expenses, daycare costs, etc. Our goal is to see that an education at PDS is a family’s priority. If that is the case, then we want to help make education here a reality.
The family has two children under 18. One child attends a public school, the other attends PDS in the lower school. The family earns $101,000. One is self employed, the other is a professional. They own their cars, and are paying a mortgage. Their award is $7,050.
The family has two children just starting high school at PDS and another at college. One parent is in start up manufacturing and the other is self employed. They rent their house and own two 5 year old cars. The family income is $72,000. The award per child is $12,000.
This family has one child in high school at PDS. Family income is $117,000. They have two cars over 5 years’ old and own their own home. One parent works in construction and the other is self employed. Their award is $8,000.
This family has two children, one in public school and one in the middle school at PDS. Family income is $125,000. They have one 15 year old car and a small mortgage. One parent works in industrial design. Their award is $6,000.
This is a single parent family with one child at PDS in the middle school. The parent earns $58,900. The family rents and drives an older car. The award is $21,000.
This family has one child in lower school. Both parents are professionals with a combined salary of $210,000. They own their home with no mortgage, and drive two cars, one new, one over 10 years old. They receive no award.
PDS holds all information concerning flexible tuition in the strictest confidence. Only those persons directly involved in the flexible tuition decision-making process, or in its administration, will review this information.
Tuition Schedule, 2019-2020
The figures below represent full tuition for families that do not qualify for the flexible tuition program.
|Tuition for 2019-20||Grade||Amount|
|Lower School||Grades 1 – 2||$24,750|
|Lower School||Grades 3 – 5||$25,250|
|Middle School||Grade 6||$28,150|
|Middle School||Grades 7 – 8||$28,650|
|High School||Grade 9||$31,750|
|High School||Grades 10 – 12||$33,100|
Please contact our admissions office at 845.462.7600 ext 201 if you have questions.