Tuition and aid

Tuition for current year 2017-2018

Elementary K-5, $20,900
Middle School 6-8, $21,800

Tuition for 2018-2019 School year

Elementary K-5, $22,900
Middle School 6-8, $23,800

Tuition Payment Approach for 2018/2019

For 2018/2019 School year, we expect that tuition payment approaches offered to families will include:

  • Full payment of tuition balance on April 1 (resulting in a $500 tuition discount)
  • Three equal payments of tuition on April 1, July 1 and October 1.
  • A monthly payment plan to start on April 1, available through a tuition repayment service (vendor tbd).

*There is one-time building use fee for all new students.  The building use fee for the current 2017-2018 school year is $3000.

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

* Each family must assure a laptop for use by their Acera student (not including Lower Elementary.). 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 $16,000-$17000 per year. For families interested in applying for financial aid, we recommend that you learn about requirements and deadlines. The deadline for current Acera student financial aid applications is December 12, 2017. The deadline for new applicants is January 20, 2018. More on deadlines below.

We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS 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, 2016 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 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.

Download the PFS Workbook as a guide to completing the 2018-19 PFS from start to finish.  This PFS Workbook guide contains line-by-line instructions that will be helpful and save time as you fill out the PFS.

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 .