Tuition and Adjusted Tuition

2018-2019 Tuition

Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year by grade is as follows: 

Grade Tuition
Pre-K - Fifth $30,050
Sixth - Eighth $30,800


Adjusted Tuition Details 

We believe in our mission and in the power of a CAIS education to be truly life changing and world changing. We strive to make a CAIS education accessible and affordable to families who understand and embrace the school’s mission and program, through adjusted tuition and fees that are based on demonstrated financial need and available funds. 

Adjusted tuition and fees cover base tuition, extended care, and international programs. A family may expect substantially similar adjusted tuition rates from year to year unless there is a change in the family’s financial situation.

Adjusted Tuition is defined as the amount which a family can reasonably afford. Eligibility is determined by an independent review organization (SSS) as well as our Adjusted Tuition Committee. Applying for Adjusted Tuition does not bear weight in the admissions process. Applicant families that are given an offer of enrollment will concurrently receive the Adjusted Tuition decision letter.

The Adjusted Tuition Committee, led by the Head of School, evaluates applications and determines the Adjusted Tuition every year. The Committee utilizes the third party services of School and Student Services (SSS) from the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS collects data and documents to which it applies parameters that assist the Adjusted Tuition Committee to make informed decisions. SSS is a valuable tool but the decisions ultimately reside within the Committee. All information submitted to SSS is kept completely confidential.

While application is open to all families applying to or re-enrolling at CAIS, Adjusted Tuition decisions are based on what families can reasonably afford and the same criteria is applied to each family that applies for Adjusted Tuition. Current CAIS families must have their school fee accounts up to date. Adjusted Tuition decisions will be made for the coming academic year only (2018–2019). Families must reapply for the Adjusted Tuition annually.

Beginning in 2018-2019, Adjusted Tuition applies to tuition, including deposit, activities fees, Afterschool Enrichment classes, and International Program fees.  

For the 2017-2018 school year, 16% of families paid adjusted tuitions ranging from $3,300 to $25,800. 

Adjusted Tuition Timeline

Please pay careful attention to the following schedule and deadlines:

Adjusted Tuition Application Season Begins November 15, 2017
Deadline for Families to Electronically Submit Adjusted Tuition Applications via SSS January 31, 2018
Deadline for Families to Electronically Submit Supporting Tax Documents via SSS February 9, 2018*
Adjusted Tuition Notifications Sent to Returning Pre-K Students, Sibling Families, and Staff Children February 23, 2018
Deadline for Returning Pre-K Students, Sibling Families, and Staff Children to Accept Adjusted Tuition and Complete Re-Enrollment March 2, 2018
Enrollment Contracts (and Adjusted Tuition Notifications if any) Sent to Accepted Pre-K Applicant Families March 6, 2018
Adjusted Tuition Notifications Sent to Returning K-8 Students March 9, 2018
Deadline for Accepted Pre-K Applicant Families to Accept Enrollment Contract (and Adjusted Tuition if any) March 13, 2018
Enrollment Contracts (and Adjusted Tuition Notifications if any) Sent to Accepted K-8 Applicant Families March 15, 2018
Deadline for Returning K-8 Students to Accept Adjusted Tuition and Complete Re-Enrollment March 16, 2018
Deadline for Accepted K-8 Applicant Families to Accept Enrollment Contract (and Adjusted Tuition if any) March 22, 2018

Please note that an Adjusted Tuition notification (if any) will be sent separately but at the same time as the admission decision (dates listed above). Only families who are offered acceptance to CAIS will receive notice of the Adjusted Tuition decision.

* Earlier than usual tax document preparation may be necessary in order to upload state and federal tax documents to the SSS platform by the February 9, 2018 deadline.

Adjusted Tuition Application Process

This year SSS began accepting Adjusted Tuition applications on November 15, 2017. Access the system at When linking your application to CAIS, please note that CAIS’s number on the SSS platform is 2391, although you can also search for the school under the school’s name. SSS charges an application fee of $49 per family. The SSS application process is self-guided, though there is also online support available via email, chat and telephone.

Applicants must electronically submit the following to SSS:

  • Processing fee of $49
  • Complete copies of signed current year (2017) and prior year (2016) federal and state tax forms, including all schedules and attachments.
  • Copies of W-2s
  • A completed IRS form 4506-T
  • FBAR forms for Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, if applicable.
Please note that:
  • Filing for an extension may disqualify applicants from Adjusted Tuition.
  • No Adjusted Tuition decision is final until the official tax returns are received.
  • The school requires applications and tax forms from all individuals who have financial custody of the applicant child(ren). 

Should you need additional guidance, please contact Please do not contact Admissions as they will not be able to assist you.