Our Indexed Tuition program brings the cost of a Thaden education within reach for a broad range of families in Northwest Arkansas. Each family's contribution toward the cost of a Thaden education is individually determined or "indexed" based on its financial resources.
If you are new to Thaden, you can use the tuition calculator to estimate the cost of a Thaden education for your family below. These rates are based on the 2023-24 Academic Year and may be subject to changes for the 2024-25 year.
Gross Household Income
Enter all sources of income before taxes, including gross income, bonuses, rental income, and investment earnings.
Enter the total value of your assets, including cash, savings, and vehicles. Exclude residences and retirement from this amount.
Is it necessary to apply for indexed tuition?
Families that choose not to apply for indexed tuition will be expected to contribute the maximum tuition per student ($26,500 for Middle School and $27,600 for Upper School).
How do we apply for Indexed Tuition?
The Admissions Office will send each interested family a FAST application link and voucher. Applications should be completed and documentation submitted within two weeks of receiving the voucher. The Indexed Tuition application will collect financial information that will be reviewed by the Indexed Tuition Committee.
When will we receive our tuition determination?
Offers of admission will include an Enrollment Contract stating the tuition determination. These letters will be emailed in March to families who applied by the January deadline.
We also recognize that your family may need more clarity regarding its expected family contribution before proceeding with the application process: if so, please do not hesitate to contact the tuition committee at (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an individual consultation. Please remember that a Thaden education is often more affordable than many families expect.
Is my family eligible for Indexed Tuition?
All families may apply for Indexed Tuition. In determining each family’s tuition, many factors will be considered, including but not limited to household income, family size, number of children attending tuition-based schools (including college), assets and liabilities not reflected in household income, and other factors.
In general, families earning gross income at or over
- $350,000 should expect to pay one full tuition.
- $550,00 should expect to pay $50,000 for two children or $60,000 for more than two students.
Because each family is unique, families are invited to consult with the indexed tuition committee regarding their financial situations.
How is our family contribution determined?
To ensure that family contributions are equitable and confidential, Thaden School has engaged FAST, one of the nation’s leading tuition management services. Families that wish to apply for indexed tuition must submit several financial documents to FAST, including recent pay stubs, W-2s, filed tax returns, and account statements. Your application for indexed tuition will be held in the strictest confidence.
Families with multiple households that apply for Indexed Tuition are required to submit financial documentation for each household with custodial responsibilities for the child. Each household’s Indexed Tuition application will be treated as confidential and completed separately.
Your applications for indexed tuition and admission, while they should be submitted at the same time, will be reviewed separately.
How often must we apply for indexed tuition?
Beginning with the 2022-23 academic year, your family contribution will be locked-in for the entirety of your child’s enrollment within a given division: Middle School (Grades 6-8) or Upper School (Grades 9-12).
You must reapply for indexed tuition when your child transitions from Grade 8 to Grade 9. Given the higher costs associated with the Upper School program, you should expect your family contribution to increase by at least 8 percent.
You may also be asked to reapply for indexed tuition if you send a second child to Thaden, in which case you should expect your family contribution to increase by 20 percent. Please refer to the multiple-student index for an estimated contribution amount.
Finally, we expect that families will share material changes in their financial circumstances – for better or worse – that might justify an equitable adjustment in their family contribution.
Does an application for Indexed Tuition affect a student's chances of admission?
We aspire to make admissions decisions without regard to a family’s financial resources and review applications for admission separately from applications for Indexed Tuition. However, our operating budget is based on certain assumptions regarding the amount of tuition revenue that we must generate to hire our talented faculty and maintain small student-teacher ratios. For this reason, we may not extend final offers of admission until we have estimated the total tuition revenue that our student body is likely to generate as a whole.
What other costs should we expect?
Your family contribution is all-inclusive: it covers not only tuition but also transportation to school, two daily meals (breakfast and lunch), all instructional materials, the cost of afterschool activities, field trips, and the use of a personal laptop for the academic year.
You should expect to pay for school apparel, and supplies. Families must live outside a 5-mile radius of our school to be eligible for transportation.