Tuition and aid

Tuition for 2020-2021 School Year posted November 2019

Tuition for 2019-2020 School Year

Elementary K-5, $24,900

Middle School 6-8, $25,800

Tuition Payment Schedule for 2019/2020

For the 2019/2020 School year, tuition payments can be:

  • Full payment of tuition balance on April 1
  • Three equal payments of tuition on April 1, July 1 and October 1.

*Families using a payment plan are required to enroll in tuition insurance. Dewar tuition insurance insures families for tuition expenses in case of a move or unexpected withdrawal from school and reduces school budget uncertainty. Tuition insurance is 1.7% of tuition. Costs for families with financial aid or using the Student Support Program will vary depending on actual tuition and fees paid. Families who pay full tuition April 1st are NOT required to buy insurance, but it will be available.  

*There is one-time building use fee for all new students.  The building use fee for the current 2019-2020 school year is $3000.

*Student Support Program is a fee based support program, and costs are in addition to regular tuition fees.

*Families must provide a current Apple laptop for their older-elementary or middle-school aged students. Younger elementary students can license a Chromebook through the school.

Financial Aid Information

Acera recognizes the sacrifices families make to send their children to independent schools.  We continue to offer a limited number of need-based financial aid awards that cap tuition at approximately $16,900-$17,800 per year.

We partner with School and Student Services (SSS), part of Community Brands, in our financial aid process.  To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).  The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete.  To support families, especially those new to the process, SSS has put together videos, webinars and other useful materials that help navigate the financial aid process.  They can be found at www.sssbynais.org/parents .  Awards are based on demonstrated need.  To be considered, new and returning families must complete and submit all required SSS paperwork including a financial aid application, 2017 tax return, and recent paystub(s)/paycheck(s).  Families must re-apply each year.

We will communicate our financial aid decision to you. To make our decision we use the information from the PFS as the starting point into our financial aid committee’s decision.

Things to Note Before Applying

We expect families to consider all external resources (relatives, scholarships, etc.) before requesting financial assistance, which enables us to prioritize families who do not have an extended familiar network that can offer monetary support.

Paying tuition must be a priority for the family. Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition through full time employment and other sources of income.

If the financial aid applicant’s parents are living apart or not filing taxes jointly, both parents must complete a PFS.

For families in which one parent is not working outside of the home, we ask for a letter explaining employment status of the non-working parent.  Our financial aid budget does not subsidize choices made by families returning for graduate studies, business ventures, or the choice not to work when dependents are school-aged.

All financial aid information is kept confidential.

How to Apply

Go to https://sssbynais.force.com/familyportal/familylogin to create an account and apply for financial aid.

Important Dates and Deadlines

For returning students:  To be considered for financial aid, please submit your financial aid application and required paperwork no later than December 12th.  Families will be notified of awards on January 13th.

For new applicants:  To be considered for financial aid, please submit your financial aid application by January 19th.  Financial aid awards will be included in admissions decisions, on March 9th.

**New or returning families applying after February 15th will be considered on a rolling basis if there is any remaining aid available.  

For questions about financial aid, please email admissions@aceraschool.org .

Tuition Insurance Information

Tuition insurance is both a financial safeguard for Acera families and school and a standard practice at over 1200 independent schools nationwide.

As a young, growing school without an endowment, Acera depends on tuition payments to fund our exceptional, experiential learning program. Based on careful research of best practices and different providers, we are adding tuition insurance to reduce your financial risk, to increase our financial stability, and to ensure the highest quality program for our students. Dewar tuition insurance protects families for tuition expenses in case of a move or unexpected withdrawal from school while also reducing school budget uncertainty.  

For more information on how tuition insurance works, email trp@dewarinsurance.com or visit Dewar Tuition Insurance website at www.tuitionrefundplan.com .