We do not want cost to keep families from participating in our classes, so we price our courses as low as we can to make them accessible to as many families as possible. However, we recognize that any cost is difficult for some families to bear. Thanks to the generosity of families, staff, and other donors, we have a limited Tuition Assistance fund. We use it to provide Tuition Assistance to single parents of limited means and to families of limited means who are serving full-time in non-profit charitable humanitarian work.
Our Tuition Assistance is not a scholarship for a prearranged amount, but rather a gift to reduce the cost of courses already enrolled. Please do not enroll in courses with the expectation or “requirement” for tuition assistance as a prerequisite for taking the course. Please consider it a gift if we are able to provide tuition assistance to offset costs you were expecting to pay. At the end of the summer we review all the applications and distribute the available assistance funds for that year as wisely as we can across those applications. Our goal is to provide the Tuition Assistance just prior to the October 1 payment.
Before requesting Tuition Assistance, please consider:
- We provide no more than half of the tuition for a course.
- We are generally able to consider only core courses that are hardest to study independently (English, Math, required Science), but we may make exceptions for students with particular academic needs and interests.
- For combination courses (e.g., a History and Literature course), we may provide assistance for one portion (i.e., up to half of the Literature portion) but not the other. We generally do not provide assistance for the AP portion of a course (the AP cost above the regular high school course cost).
- We do not consider summer courses for Tuition Assistance.
- We require families who receive assistance to pay their portion first (up front and on time), but we also consider payment plans
- If a course receiving Tuition Assistance is dropped before completion, the gifted funding is removed prior to calculating final tuition and fees. Families should not request or accept assistance for a course they are not fully committed to completing.
- In making decisions regarding distribution of limited Tuition Assistance funds, we also consider a family’s enrollment history, including how many courses they take from TPS, student work ethic, grades, courses not completed, and other factors that help us assess the real value of the courses (and the assistance) to the family.
Please do not request Tuition Assistance until you have (1) enrolled and are holding open seats (not Wait List seats) in all your courses, (2) received placement approval (Teacher Approval) for all your courses, and (3) paid your Family Registration Fee and initial Tuition Payment.
Applications must be received in the specified format with all of the required information by September 1 to be considered for that academic year. Gifts are applied and applicants are notified prior to the standard October 1 tuition invoice.
If you are eligible and wish to be considered for tuition assistance, please submit an application.