Sliding Scale Tuition | The Open School

Sliding Scale Tuition

The average Open School student pays $4,940 per year, or $28 per day. The low end is $1,780 per year, or $10 per day.

Our desire is that families committed to the philosophy and values of The Open School are able to attend. Because of that, we offer a personalized tuition through a Sliding Scale model. Your tuition will be set based on your family’s income and expenses, determined through a financial application process administered by TADS. You will be required to submit income verification and discuss your finances with our Bursar. Our top end tuition for 2019/2020 is $12,305 per student. Once your tuition is set, it will never increase more than 3% per year, regardless of the increase of our top end tuition. However, if something changes in your financial situation and you require a decrease in tuition, you will need to re-apply.

*Please do not apply for Sliding Scale until after your Admissions Visit*

To apply for the Sliding Scale, click here to fill out the form and provide the necessary supporting documentation. Please note: There is a $39/family fee to apply for the Sliding Scale. This fee is charged by TADS and is non-refundable.

Before filling out the application, we recommend using the TADS worksheet, which will help you to gather the needed information and documents and expedite the application process. You can find the worksheet and the application link below.

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Tuition payment plan option

Parents have the option of making 10 or 12 monthly payments. The payment plan will be serviced by TADS, and parents will pay a $55 fee per year to set up the payment plan.

Families paying on a monthly plan must pay a downpayment of 1/6 of total tuition before enrollment can begin.

Discounts and Bonuses

Lump sum discount (entire tuition paid prior to enrollment) – 4% off your annual tuition
Cash Payment Bonus (pay via bank draft, cash, or personal check) – 2.5% tuition bonus
Word of Mouth Bonus (you refer a family who enrolls) – $400-$1100
Brad Petersen referral Bonus (refer a real estate buyer or seller to Brad and reference The Open School) – $500 upon close

Fee Schedule for the 2019-2020 school year

Application Fee – $150/family

Registration Fee – credited toward tuition – $300/student

Other Fees

Annual fee to make monthly payments – $55/year
Sliding Scale Application Fee – $39/year
TADS Tuition Insurance – $19.50/year
Tuition Hardship Abatement Fund (THAF) fee – 3% of tuition/year