Our Indexed Tuition program brings the cost of a Thaden education within reach for a broad range of families in Northwest Arkansas. Instead of paying a fixed rate, each family's contribution toward the cost of a Thaden education is individually determined or "indexed" on the basis of its financial resources. All families, including those that pay the maximum tuition, pay well below the actual cost of a Thaden education.
|Household Gross Income Range||Range of Family Contribution 2019-20|
|$80,000 and below||$2,500 or less|
|$80,000 to $100,000||$2,500 to $5,000|
|$100,000 to $120,000||$5,000 to $7,500|
|$120,000 to $140,000||$7,500 to $10,000|
|$140,000 to $160,000||$10,000 to $13,000|
|$160,000 to $180,000||$13,000 to $16,000|
|$180,000 to $200,000||$16,000 to $19,000|
|$200,000 to $220,000||$19,000 to $22,000|
|$220,000 and above||$22,000 to $25,800*|
What is a family contribution?
Instead of paying a fixed rate, each family contributes to the cost of a Thaden education which is individually determined (indexed) based on a family's financial resources.
How is a family contribution determined?
To ensure that tuition determinations are equitable and confidential, Thaden School has engaged Smart Aid, one of the nation's leading tuition management services. Families who wish to apply will submit several financial documents to Smart Aid, including recent pay stubs, W-2s, filed tax returns, and account statements.
All information submitted in an application for indexed tuition is held in the strictest confidence and reviewed separately from the student's application for admission. Families that elect not to apply for indexed tuition will pay the maximum tuition rates ($24,600 for Middle School; $25,800 for Upper School).
Applications for indexed tuition are separate from the online application for admission but should be completed simultaneously.
Family Contribution Examples
A household with an annual gross income of $100,000 will pay more than $5,000 in tuition if the family also has considerable additional assets to draw upon such as savings, investments, or gifts.
A family contribution for a household with an annual income of $100,000 who also has significant medical costs or tuition obligations might be expected to pay less than $5,000 in tuition.
Families must apply for Indexed Tuition each year and tuition can move up or down in line with a family's economic profile.