A Prairie education is a long-term investment. When you consider the wide-ranging impact it will have on your child’s life, choosing this school could be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
The cost of private education represents a significant commitment for families. We strive to assist as many families as possible who cannot afford full tuition, but who are determined to stretch their own financial resources to make a Prairie education a top priority for their children. The school typically awards over $2 million of scholarships annually to more than one-third of the student body.
The Bottom Line
Since many factors guide scholarship decisions, we encourage families not to make assumptions about whether they are eligible, but to have a confidential discussion with our Admission staff. Through financial aid and payment plans, we strive to make Prairie affordable for all families whose children have been admitted.
Private School Tuition Tax Deduction: Did You Know
The state of Wisconsin allows parents to deduct private school tuition. Families are eligible to receive an income tax deduction of up to $4,000 for tuition paid for each kindergarten through eighth-grade student and up to $10,000 per high school student. Click here for more information.
529 Education Savings Program: Did You Know
As of 2018, the state of Wisconsin allows families to use 529 savings account funds to help finance their K-12 private school education.
“529 Plans offer tax-advantaged investments to encourage saving for future education expenses of a designated beneficiary (commonly one’s child or grandchild). States offer and administer these plans, named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.
It is The Prairie School’s expectation that all families with a 529 will utilize the plan to help pay tuition at Prairie.
Note: The Prairie School does have a selective admission process. The school does not participate in the voucher program.
2020/21 Tuition Rates and Fees
Upon acceptance of the contract, parent(s) or guardian(s) are responsible for the full tuition indicated on the contract, per the terms of the contract.
Inclusive Student Fee
This annual fee is paid in nine monthly installments unless the family elects to pay the below amount in full.
Included in fee: The annual Inclusive Student Fee includes textbooks, field trips, classroom consumables, art fees, iPads, iPad insurance, apps and other educational content for iPads, Primary School snacks, gr. 5-12 class trips/camps (Manito-wish, Washington D.C., Cincinnati/Indianapolis/
Not included: lunch fees, specially arranged individual diagnostic or psychological testing, externally administered testing programs (SAT, ACT), ELL fees, speech therapy, AP exams, Stay & Play, Interim trips, Model UN, Kenosha and/or Franklin Bus, shoes for athletics or performing arts, personal or custom items, lost school-provided materials, per-payment tuition processing fee, etc
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 manages all bill payment transactions online. This includes billing for tuition, the lunch program, field trip fees, ticketing for events, yearbooks and more. The online tool allows 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.
Please contact Tara Nelson (262-752-2507) in the Business Office with questions.
All scholarships require no repayment. Grants are awarded to students beginning in 1st grade and range from $500 to $5,000+ per year, depending on need.
Interested families should complete an Application for Admission and a Preliminary Family Contribution form available through the Admission Office. Once submitted, the form is reviewed by the school’s Scholarship Committee. This form and preliminary assessment will offer families an estimate of their total investment.
Given that financial circumstances may vary from year-to-year, all families must reapply for scholarships annually. Each family may assume that a student’s award will remain consistent, if the family’s financial situation has not significantly changed.
How to Apply for Scholarships
Scholarship applications are reviewed only after an individual has been admitted. A student’s acceptance or denial is independent of a family’s need for financial assistance.
For a final scholarship determination, a family must complete and submit the full Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), including copies of their most recent tax return and W-2 form.
Prairie utilizes FACTS, a third-party organization, to help evaluate a family’s financial need. Based on the information provided, FACTS gives an estimated amount that your family should be able to contribute to educational expenses. This helps Prairie make fair and objective scholarship decisions.
Since scholarships are budgeted by grade level, depending on the monies available, the school may be able to award only a small percentage of demonstrated need.
Prairie treats scholarship requests confidentially and expects students and their families to do the same.
To receive more information on Prairie’s scholarship 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.
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.
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.
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.