Temple Grandin School Tuition & Financial Aid
We understand and appreciate the financial commitment families undertake in deciding to send their children to Temple Grandin School (TGS). And although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, TGS devotes significant time, energy and funds each year to help assist families.
There are multiple ways that a TGS education can be financed.
- See this link for information and assistance from the National Association of Independent Schools.
- Independent grants/scholarships from various foundations and organizations. TGS can’t make any claims about the validity or appropriateness of any outside resources. Some parents have pointed to the following as possible sources. If you come across others, or find problems with these, please let us know.
- Loans: While TGS understands the challenges that additional debt can place on a family, there are times when this is the best solution. Afford.com is a Tuition Management program, much like FACTS, which is the one that TGS uses. This site provides some examples of how a combination of a monthly tuition direct payment plan combined with a loan payment plan may make sense for some families. Please Note: TGS does not recommend or endorse any particular product or resource. https://www.afford.com/TMS/afford-education/combining-payment-plans.htm.
- If you are a low income family living in Colorado, see ACE (application deadline is mid April, but contact them in any case).
- Some families may be able to deduct TGS tuition. Please see the Great Schools website for more info on this.
- Tax Strategies for Parents of Kids w Special Needs
- Some insurance policies cover special education for students with some diagnoses.
- For other ideas, contact the TGS Admissions Director at 303-554-7363
Financial aid is available for both current and new families to help with the cost of tuition. For further questions, please contact our Admissions Office at 303 554-7363. TGS makes financial aid of up to 50% of core tuition available to families unable to afford full tuition. In 2013-14 TGS awarded over $65,000 in Tuition Assistance. In turn, our school community benefits by attracting gifted students that otherwise would not have been able to attend.
To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, TGS employs the services of a third party service, the FACTS system, to evaluate family finances to determine eligibility for financial aid. [See the link to a brochure about FACTS below, or click here to go directly to FACTS.] TGS does NOT collect family financial information. The analysis by FACTS of a family’s “Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)” is a critical component of our financial aid decision. However, it is just a start. To make our final financial aid award decisions, we use the FACTS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, other information we may have collected, our school’s policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Special attention is given to current families. Due to circumstances like these, and others, TGS may ask your family to contribute more or less to tuition than what is estimated on the FACTS Family Report. If your family has circumstances that won’t be reflected in the standard format, please include a letter describing the circumstances and include copies of any documentation available.
Your tuition provides the small class size, excellent highly qualified teachers, additional resources and individualized learning opportunities for your unique student.
There are several ways that families have found to be able to afford tuition. Some families may be able to receive reimbursement through their insurance policies for some portions of their student’s program. (Please see TGS Program Structure for details of our program.) TGS will help you consider and evaluate all the possible options, including public sources, grants/scholarships, tax benefits, TGS financial aid and others. The tax benefits for families of special needs children can be significant. Please check out the Greatschools website for more info on these potentially large savings. When there is financial need, we expect families to procure assistance from their extended family, insurance, school districts, employers or other sources, wherever possible.
Annual Tuition (See Program Structure for details):
Deposit – All families pay a $2500, non-refundable, deposit in addition to the below.
Core Program – $23,000
[Base program for all students]
Academic Intervention Program (AIP) – $2995/subject
[maximum of two subject areas]
Behavioral Support Program (BSP)- $7920
[For students with more significant behavioral needs]
NEW STUDENT MATRICULATION FEE – $1500
[New students only]
TGS Financial Aid Guidelines
- Financial aid is need based and awarded to families enrolling a full-time student only (not available for part-time or international students)
- Materials, trips and other fees are not covered by financial aid.
- Only after a new student has officially applied and been accepted to Temple Grandin School will their financial aid request be considered, although you can get an idea of what your “best case” Expected Family Contribution (EFC) might be by completing the ‘Grants & Aid’ application. See the link at the bottom of this page.
- Financial aid awards are limited, with the maximum award being no more than 50% of the core tuition (TA is not currently available for BSP or AIP), awarded on a first come, first served basis.
- Families must re-apply for Tuition Assistance and complete the Parents’ Financial Statement for each new school year.
- There is no cap on the number of consecutive years that a family may receive financial aid.
Financial Aid Process
- Families may apply by completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) available through FACTS. (FACTS is a service of Nelnet, a national financial organization that processes tuition and financial aid for private school and college/universities and helps to assess a family’s ability to pay school costs.)
- See the link at the bottom of the page.
- The school code for Temple Grandin School is 5028.
- A nonrefundable processing fee is charged for the PFS. This fee does not go to TGS.
- Once an award recommendation (the EFC) is received, Temple Grandin School’s Financial Aid Committee will make a final decision.
- Families will be notified by letter or email as to their award status, and the award amount will be credited to the family’s account.
- The amount of Tuition Assistance you receive may not be the total of what you are eligible to receive. Awards may change after notice has been provided due to on-going enrollment and awards of Tuition Assistance as tuition is given on a first come, first served basis, to all enrolling families. Your final award is determined as of the date you deliver your signed contract and deposit.
Please call TGS for any questions: 303-554-7363