Tuition and Affordability

Slate School's Head of School, Julie Mountcastle, discusses Slate School's commitment as the only independent elementary school in the United States to offer need-blind admissions and to meet 100% of all demonstrated need for each admitted student.

Ensuring that Slate School is affordable to all: need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid

Slate School is committed to meeting 100% of all demonstrated need for each admitted student. 

Slate School embraces socioeconomic diversity and offers guaranteed scholarships and financial aid designed to ensure affordability for all families in the community. Slate School is the only non-public elementary school in the United States to offer need-blind admissions, while meeting 100% of all demonstrated need for each admitted student. This means that financial need is not considered as part of a student's admission decision, and upon admission, the student's full financial need is subsidized by Slate School. We are proud that finances are not a barrier to enrollment, which enables us to attract the most talented students to Slate School, regardless of their family's financial circumstances.

Our generous financial aid ensures that Slate School is accessible to every admitted student.

Slate School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is funded by charitable contributions. These donations enable Slate School to subsidize the cost of tuition and to provide scholarships and financial aid to families attending Slate School. Before scholarships and financial aid, the tuition for 2020-2021 is $21,000.

All families, regardless of income, are eligible to apply for scholarships and financial aid. Financial circumstances are evaluated for each family to help ensure that Slate School is financially accessible to them. All families with a gross income of less than $262,500 will receive guaranteed scholarships and financial aid to ensure that the family's financial obligation does not exceed 8% of their gross income. Additional scholarships and financial aid are available based upon an evaluation of demonstrated need. 

Each additional sibling attending Slate School receives an automatic 20% discount on the family obligation regardless of income.

Gross Family Income Guaranteed Scholarships/Aid Maximum Family Obligation
< $50,000 $21,000–$17,000 $0–$4,000
$50,001–$75,000 $17,000–$15,000 $4,000–$6,000
$75,001–$100,000 $15,000–$13,000 $6,000–$8,000
$100,001–$125,000 $13,000–$11,000 $8,000–$10,000
$125,001–$150,000 $11,000–$9,000 $10,000–$12,000
$150,001–$200,000 $9,000–$5,000 $12,000–$16,000
$200,001–$262,000+ $5,000–$0 $16,000–$21,000

Financial Aid

Slate School has employed FACTS Grant & Aid for our financial aid application process and assessment. As a reliable resource for tuition management, FACTS analyzes families’ financial need based on income, expenses, and other considerations. To apply for financial aid, families should create an online FACTS account, complete the application, and submit it concurrently with the student application.

For parents who are divorced, separated, or never-married, each legal guardian is required to submit a FACTS application. All legal guardians are considered in the financial aid calculation.

Payment Plan Options

Families can choose one-payment, semester, and monthly tuition payment plans. There is a $55.00 enrollment fee for a monthly payment plan, $25.00 for a semester, and no enrollment fee for full payment plan.