Tuition and Financial Aid


Among the most important things parents provide their children is an education. We know that an independent school education is an investment, the cost of which is a factor for some families in making their school decision.

For the 2018–19 school year, Avenues provided more than $9 million in aid to families who qualified for financial aid. As our mission states, we aim to be, “humble about [our] gifts and generous of spirit.” In addition to the work done by our students, staff and parents through the Avenues community engagement initiatives, our financial aid program is one more manifestation of that commitment.

Grades Nursery-12 Tuition 2019–20

Tuition includes the full cost of books and materials; all field trips; and transportation to and from activities during the school day, lunch, snacks, athletic uniforms and educational technology such as MacBooks and iPads.

Small World Program Tuition 2019–20
$17,500 (two-days), $22,900 (three-days) or $32,600 (five-days)

Tuition includes the full cost of materials, snack and field trips.

Please Note: Financial aid is not available for students in the Small World Program, Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten.

Financial Aid

We strongly encourage you to consider Avenues even if you cannot afford the full cost of tuition, as there may be aid available. Our team is committed to helping you navigate this process. Please see below to learn more about applying for financial aid.

The primary responsibility for tuition rests with the family, and each family is expected to fully utilize its own resources before requesting financial aid. Avenues recognizes the distinctiveness of each situation and tailors aid packages to meet the demonstrated needs of each qualified family.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Even if you think you don’t qualify for financial aid, come talk to us! We want to partner with you as you think through the options available to make an Avenues education a reality for your family.
  • Financial aid is not awarded as a merit-based scholarship. This means that your child’s academic performance does not affect your eligibility for financial aid. Awards are based solely on the family’s financial profile.
  • Avenues utilizes School and Student Services (SSS), a qualified, experienced third-party company, to provide analysis and guidance in determining a family’s contribution and potential award.

Financial Aid Application Deadlines

Application Deadline
Returning Families November 1
Early Notification December 3
Regular Notification January 8

Applying For Financial Aid

  1. Indicate your intention to apply for financial aid on your online admissions application.
  2. Visit School and Student Services (SSS) to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).
  3. Upload your 2017 Federal Income Tax Forms (1040 and all schedules), W-2s or 1099s, and 4506T to the secure SSS portal. Business owners are required to upload all forms filed including, if applicable, form 1065, 1120S or K-1.


SSS has been administering financial aid to independent schools since 1968, in collaboration with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and currently works with over 1,700 schools to help determine a family’s ability to pay school costs.  The service gives Avenues an estimate of the amount your family can contribute to educational expenses, which Avenues then uses independently to determine the amount of aid you receive.


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