Tuition and Affordability

At Roycemore School we value each member of our community and the unique contribution each student makes to our collective excellence. We are among the most diverse independent schools in our region, and we believe racial, cultural and economic diversity enriches our school. Because Roycemore is committed to remaining accessible and affordable to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds, we use a sliding scale tuition model that applies a tuition range based on each family’s particular circumstances. We devote approximately 30% of our operating budget - over $1.8 million for the 2017-18 school year; an extraordinary financial commitment - to tuition assistance. Approximately 50% of our currently enrolled students are receiving some tuition reduction. Our tuition assistance program seeks to sustain access to our school to diverse and qualified students.

Every family is expected to contribute tuition, fees and annual giving to the extent family circumstances permit. Among our families are those who can afford tuition at the top of the scale and whose generous philanthropic support provides an essential component of annual operating expenses. There are also families who pay tuition by making a substantial sacrifice, and those who are able to afford only minimal tuition.

Each year Roycemore’s Board of Trustees establishes a tuition assistance budget as part of the annual budgeting process for the school. Once that tuition assistance budget has been expended, no more tuition reductions will be granted. Families wishing to be considered for sliding scale tuition must apply for tuition assistance during the re-enrollment or application process. Funds will become more limited as the application and enrollment period progresses.  

To help us objectively calculate what a family is able to contribute to educational expenses, families are asked to complete an online application through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. All supporting documentation can be uploaded in .pdf format, faxed or mailed to FACTS, including copies of your most recent Federal tax forms.

Multiple factors are considered by FACTS when evaluating a family’s ability to pay, including but not limited to: household income, family size, the number of children attending tuition-charging schools, and assets and liabilities not reflected in household income. Not all families who qualify for a reduced rate of tuition will be offered the rate for which they qualify. 

These figures are utilized as the baseline for sliding scale tuition determinations which also take into consideration the school’s policies and the budgetary resources available for returning students and applicant families.

Decisions about admission and sliding scale tuition are two separate processes, so new students must both apply for admission as well as sliding scale consideration. Returning families requesting consideration for sliding scale tuition are required to reapply annually as part of the re-enrollment process in late January of each year. All financial information provided is held in strict confidence.

Please contact Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Amanda Avery at aavery@roycemoreschool.org or (847) 866-6055 if you have any questions about Roycemore's tuition structure.

Full Tuition for the 2017-2018 School Year
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Half Day Pre-Kindergarten (3yrs) & JK (4yrs) $10,460
Full Day Pre-Kindergarten (3yrs) & JK (4yrs)$17,650
Kindergarten$17,650
Grades 1 through 4$20,950
Grades 5 through 8$25,610
Grades 9 through 12$28,910

Tuition Discounts For Community Partners

Over the last century, Roycemore has been proud to play an important role in preparing so many students for success in college—and proud of its place in the history of Evanston, a diverse, vibrant city with a rich educational tradition.

Northwestern University is a special partner with deep roots in our local community. Benefits-eligible employees of Northwestern receive a discount on Roycemore School tuition and summer programs. The discount does not apply to fees. If you are an employee who receives full benefits from this partner, be sure to let the Admissions Office know. Northwestern University discount policy (pdf)