A private, independent school education requires a significant investment. We strive to ensure that this will be the best investment you ever make.
We recognize that the cost of private education represents a significant commitment for families. In response, we strive to assist as many families as possible who cannot afford the school’s full tuition, but are determined to stretch their own financial resources to make a Prairie School education a top priority for their children. Indeed, Prairie typically awards over $2 million of financial aid annually to more than one-third of the student body.
The Bottom Line
Since many factors guide financial aid decisions, we encourage families not to make assumptions about whether they are eligible, but to have a confidential discussion with our Admission and Financial Aid staff. Through financial aid and payment plans, we strive to make Prairie affordable for all families whose children have been admitted.
HOW DOES PRAIRIE'S TUITION COMPARE TO OTHER LEADING INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN THE REGION (2016/17)
Prairie offers a monthly payment plan through FACTS Management Inc. Details regarding this payment option may be obtained from Prairie’s Admissions office.
Prairie also offers a semester payment plan through FACTS Management Inc. Details regarding this payment option may be obtained from Prairie’s Admission office.
- Semester payments are due July 15 and January 1.
FACTS ONLINE BILL PAY
FACTS will continue to manage ALL bill payment transactions online through the 2015/16 school year. This will include billing for tuition, the lunch program, field trip fees, ticketing for events, yearbooks and more. The online tool will allow families to view and pay bills through a secure account. All Prairie families (new and current) will be required to enroll in this system. Families are still given the option to mail payments directly to the Business Office. To access and create a FACTS account, click the icon below.
Need-based assistance (grants) are available to those students in grades K-12 who are accepted to Prairie and demonstrate financial need. A family’s need is dependent upon many factors, including overall family income, comparing asset/debt ratio, number of children, any extenuating circumstances that the family is experiencing, etc. The majority of Prairie’s financial assistance is offered to students in grades 6-12, and the typical award ranges from $4,000-$5,000 per child.
Given that financial circumstances may vary from year-to-year, all families must re-apply for tuition assistance annually. Each family may assume that a student’s financial aid award will remain consistent, if the family’s financial situation has not significantly changed.
Prairie School’s Financial Aid Office holds, in strictest confidence, all financial aid information submitted to the School. If interested in applying for need-based assistance, please contact the Admission Office at 262.752.2525.
HOW TO APPLY FOR NEED-BASED ASSISTANCE
Any student applying for financial assistance must be currently enrolled or an application for admission must be on file with the Admission Office.
To ensure that the awarding of financial assistance is determined in an equitable manner, Prairie School uses the services of School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Families must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which can be accessed via sss.nais.org or can be mailed to you directly from The Prairie School. Prairie’s school code is 5896. These forms are available in January.
In conjunction with the application, the following items must be submitted to Prairie before a final award can be determined:
- copy of 2013 Federal tax forms, schedules, W-2’s
- copy of Business taxes (if applicable)
Prairie School also offers families the opportunity to complete the Preliminary Financial Aid Form, prior to completing the admission process, to determine if a Prairie education is a feasible option.
To receive more information on Prairie’s financial aid program, or to obtain the Preliminary Financial Aid Form, please contact the Admission Office at 262.752.2525.
Prairie School offers merit scholarships to prospective students in grades 6-12. Candidates are selected, by invitation only, based upon the strength of their academic record, test scores and demonstrated financial need. If given the opportunity to compete for a scholarship, the student will be required to submit letters of recommendation, a portfolio of recent accomplishments, and will be scheduled for on-campus interviews with key faculty or administration.
Hilpert Memorial Scholarship Program
Funded by the School’s endowment and gifts from individual friends, this program awards multi-year scholarships in varying amounts to new and continuing Prairie students for the years they remain at the School.
The Hilpert Memorial Scholarship Program is an annual, competitive, merit-based, tuition scholarship program for motivated young people who exhibit academic and creative excellence, strong leadership skills, a concern for the well-being of others and demonstrate financial need.
Imogene Powers Johnson Leadership Fellows Program
Established in May of 1997 through the generosity of the School’s founders, the Imogene Powers Johnson Leadership Fellows Program attracts the brightest, most-talented Upper School students. Ideally, these Fellows will emerge as strong, competent, cooperative, and magnetic leaders, who are models for the School’s ideals, setting a standard for others to emulate.
This program provides four $7,000 fellowships to students entering 9th grade who demonstrate financial need. Fellowships are renewable annually based on each fellow’s performance and typically follow a student through graduation.
Malone Scholars Program
In spring of 2011, Prairie School was selected by The Malone Family Foundation to receive a $2 million endowment award to establish The Malone Scholars Program. The program was started by John Malone of Colorado to provide “an outstanding education to every top-level student who displays the keen desire and motivation to learn, yet lacks the resources to finance such an education.”
Prairie School is the first school in Wisconsin to receive this endowment and one of 48 schools nationwide to be selected by The Malone Family Foundation.
Financial support for each Malone Scholar may range from 30% of tuition to a full scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to students entering grades 7-10 and are renewable through graduation.
Tuition covers the major portion of instructional and academic costs, as well as the cost of instructional materials (e.g., science, music, and physical education supplies), and occasional diagnostic testing. Tuition does not cover the cost of specially arranged individual diagnostic or psychological testing, some extra-curricular activities, or the cost of externally administered testing programs, such as SAT, ACT, or ACH.
- Field trips and materials for special art projects are also not covered.
- Parents may pay the full tuition by July 15 prior to the fall semester, elect a semester payment schedule, or contract for monthly payments with FACTS Management Co.
- A 5% sibling discount is offered for a second child, a 10% discount is offered for a third child, with a 25% discount being offered to a 4th child, attending TPS simultaneously.
- Full tuition applies to the eldest child.