Tuition & Tuition Assistance

Tuition

Tuition 2019-20

Please note that activity fees are included in tuition. 

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten: $17,500

  • Grades 1-4: $22,000

  • Grades 5-7: $24,100

  • Grades 8-10: $26,900

  • Grades 11-12: $28,100

  • Key School (grades 2-8): $39,400

Tuition Includes (all grades): Activity fees, most textbooks, most local field trips, lab and studio fees, and PSAT and ERB testing

2019-20 Tuition Planner

Additional financial considerations

Grades 6-12: Required personal technology device (laptop, tablet)
Grades 8-12: Optional international trip
Grades 9-12: AP exam fees, college entrance exam fees (ACT, SAT)
Grade 12: Graduation expenses such as cap and gown, invitations, class rings 

Not included in tuition are: after-school care, lunches, bus fees, calculators and other similar school supplies; some local and out-of-town field trips; yearbook or student photos; and individualized programs or special tutoring.

Tuition Assistance Philosophy

Affording Excellence

As a mission-based school that prepares young people to confidently make a meaningful difference in the world, CDS is committed to building a socially and economically diverse student body. Investing in your child by providing a Carolina Day School education yields a lifetime of value, and each CDS family invests at a level of affordability. 

Socio-economic diversity is integral to a strong and healthy school and CDS vigorously supports a meaningful tuition assistance program to support achievement of our various diversity initiatives. For the 2018-19 academic year, more than $3.3 million in assistance was awarded to approximately 33% of our students enrolled Pre-K/12.  

Our tuition assistance program is good for the entire Carolina Day School community.

  • For qualified students: access to an exceptional education

  • For students who don’t receive assistance: outstanding peers are represented in our classrooms, regardless of their ability to pay

If you have questions, please contact Carole Hilderbran, childerbran@carolinaday.org.

Tuition Assistance Application Process

Our Commitment

We appreciate that a Carolina Day School education is a significant financial investment. Our commitment to affordability is strong:  for the 2017-18 school year, roughly 30% of students received tuition assistance, totaling approximately $2.9 million dollars. Our tuition assistance program ensures that we are enrolling the best and brightest students in our classrooms, regardless of ability to pay.

Detailed Instructions for Applying

Parents of Students Applying to CDS - Deadlines are Nov. 15 and Feb. 1

For Parents of Students Applying to Carolina Day School 

Your Timing and Ours

Your application for admission and your application for tuition assistance occur in parallel. In this way, we can deliver both a response to your application for admission and a response to your tuition assistance application at the same time. 

The earlier you apply, the better you position yourself. While our tuition assistance budget is generous, we begin making grants early in the admission season, continuing to do so until we have exhausted our budget.

Our advice:  apply early.

Application Deadlines

  • November 15:  Lower/Middle/Upper School applicants who complete both the admission process and the tuition assistance process by November 15 will receive a Winter Decision (notification early January).

  • February 1:  Lower/Middle/Upper School/Key School applicants who complete both the admission process and the tuition assistance process by February 1 will receive a Spring Decision (notification early March).

  • After February 1, we will process applications for admission and tuition assistance on a rolling, space- and funds-available basis.

How You Can Apply for Tuition Assistance

Our policy requires that ALL PARENTS submit a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).

Listed below are the tuition assistance application steps to complete by November 15 for a Winter decision and by February 1 for a Spring decision:

  1. Submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) via the School & Student Services by NAIS (SSS) portal, directing your application to Carolina Day School, school code # 2123. Please note that there is a $51 application fee which you will pay electronically.

  2. Return to the SSS portal. After submitting your PFS, upload items listed below.

    • Upload (as a pdf) your 2018 tax return.

    • Upload (as a pdf) your 2019 tax return (when available).

    • Upload (as pdfs) your 2018 and 2019 W-2(s) (when available).

    • Upload (as a pdf) recent paystub(s).

    • If you are a business owner, please upload 2018 and 2019 business tax return(s) and K-1(s) (when available).

Need more help?

SSS Parent Helpline 1-800-344-8328

SSS 2019-20 How to Apply for Financial Aid Flyer 

SSS 2019-20 PFS Workbook and Instruction Booklet  

How will you know when your application is complete?

Log back into the SSS portal to ensure you have submitted both your PFS and all supporting documentation.

Parents of Returning Students - Deadline is Nov. 15

For Parents of Returning Students 

Application Deadline: November 15, 2019

Tuition Assistance applications for Students Returning in 2020-21 are due November 15, 2019.

How You Can Apply for Tuition Assistance

Our policy requires that ALL PARENTS submit a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).

Listed below are the tuition assistance application steps to complete by November 15:

  1. Submit the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) via the School & Student Services by NAIS (SSS) portal, directing your application to Carolina Day School, school code # 2123. Please note that there is a $51 application fee which you will pay electronically.

  2. Return to the SSS portal. After submitting your PFS, upload items listed below.

    • Upload (as a pdf) your 2018 tax return.

    • Upload (as a pdf) your 2019 tax return (when available).

    • Upload (as pdfs) your 2018 and 2019 W-2(s) (when available).

    • Upload (as a pdf) recent paystub(s).

    • If you are a business owner, please upload 2018 and 2019 business tax return(s) and K-1(s) (when available).

Need more help?

How will you know when your application is complete?

  • Log back into the SSS portal to ensure you have submitted both your PFS and all supporting documentation.