Variable Tuition

Navigating the process together

“My Steward story is one of discovery. Starting at Steward in the sixth grade, I discovered my voice because the small classes allowed all students to participate. I discovered that I could try something new and took on leadership roles in sports, clubs, and classes. I also discovered that Steward was not only there to support me, but also my entire family."

"My Steward education was possible because of the school's affordability programs. I am thankful my mom found the courage to ask questions and connect with the Business Office. I am proud to be a part of a community that makes Steward possible for families.”

We will be your partner through the Variable Tuition process. Through this website, the helpful links below, and in-person assistance, we will help you navigate the process.

Our Variable Tuition program is a sliding scale in which families pay a percentage of tuition based on factors including annual household income, bank account and investment portfolio total (not including retirement accounts), mortgage/rent and other debt payments, and number of students in tuition paying schools (including Steward).

Average Variable Tuition Rates for 2019-20

  • K-12* Average: $12,300
    • Lower School - $10,900
    • Middle School - $12,100
    • Upper School - $13,700
  • *Please inquire to learn about Variable Tuition for junior kindergarten

Learning About and Applying for Variable Tuition

  • All Variable Tuition is based on need and requires your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) from School & Student Services (SSS), a part of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), as well as a copies of your Form W-2, IRS Form 1040, and all related schedules. The PFS also provides space to provide a written statement.
  • The Steward School uses SSS, an independent, third-party organization, to collect the financial data used to determine Variable Tuition. The analysis provided by SSS along with other information provided by the family on the PFS is used by the school to calculate the final Variable Tuition.
  • All Variable Tuition is reviewed and revised on an annual basis.
  • The first deadline for Variable Tuition requests for 2020-21 is February 1, 2020, though Variable Tuition is calculated on a rolling basis as students are admitted.

The Steward School follows the National Association of Independent Schools’ (NAIS) principles of good practices for private schools.

NAIS provides many resources to guide you through the application process, from in-depth webinars, to a written step-by-step online guide, to workbooks and flyers. Access these tools and tips at

Start an account with SSS now

For more information, please contact any member of the Admissions team or Controller Dena Dickson at We’re here to help!





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