Boarding Tuition: $43,000
5-Day Boarding Tuition: $36,000
Day Tuition: $23,750
One Semester Tuition: $23,650
Financing an independent-school education is a major investment in your child’s future. The cost of educating a student at Verde Valley School — with our small classes, superior faculty, Field Trip and IB programs — is substantial. However, because the actual cost of educating each student exceeds the cost of our tuition and fees, every VVS student is, in effect, on tuition assistance. Through a generous tuition assistance program we do our very best to make the school accessible.
Applying for tuition assistance has absolutely no effect on a student’s application for admission. Admission decisions are based on a student’s qualifications and the social and academic contribution that the student will make to the life of the school.
Applying for Tuition Assistance
VVS contracts through School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS gives us an estimated amount a family can contribute to educational expenses based on the financial information provided in the Parents’ Financial Statement. This estimate is a starting point to help us make fair and objective offers of tuition assistance. Click here to link to the financial aid application.
Parents must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) by January 15 and submit all supporting documents (including tax returns) by February 15th. For families who meet this deadline, we make every effort to communicate decisions about financial aid by March 10. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS AFTER THESE DEADLINE DATES AS WELL.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is financial aid determined?
Verde Valley School uses School and Student Service (SSS) to assist in determining financial aid amounts. Once parents complete and submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) form, which asks for income, expenses, assets and liability information, SSS computes this information and determines an estimated need. The VVS Financial Aid Committee uses this estimated need coupled with the amount of aid that we are able to give as a guideline in making awards.
How much financial aid can a student expect to receive?
Each case is considered individually, but every family must expect to contribute financially toward their child’s education – typically a minimum of $10,000. The total amount received will be based on demonstrated financial need, academic record and character.
Arizona residents qualifying for financial aid may be eligible for money from Verde Valley School's STO Financial Assistance for Independent Schools (FAIS). Students seeking FAIS scholarships must complete the financial aid process as outlined on this website. For more information on the FAIS scholarship procedure, see the sidebar.
What is required of divorced or separated parents?
Verde Valley School expects both the custodial and non-custodial parents to participate in the support of their child. It is up to all parties involved to communicate and participate in good faith in the responsibilities required by VVS for a student to receive aid – this includes completing the Parent Financial Statement. VVS does not interpret divorce or legal separation decrees.
What if my tax return isn’t completed by the deadline?
A copy of your 2012 tax return is required in order to cross reference the information provided on the Parents' Financial Statement. Priority and funding will be allocated first to families who submit complete applications.
To begin your financial aid application for the 2014-15 school year, please follow the steps below.
(taken from School and Student Services by NAIS)
Because 99% of the familes who complete the PFS live in the United States, its questions and help tips are generally geared toward them. We realize this can make the PFS more challenging to complete for international families. Below, we have some tips to help them.
Report answers in U.S. currency. On the PFS, families should answer the questions about currency in U.S. Dollars, and present the information with as much equivalency between U.S. and local conditions as possible. There are many available currency converters. Here's a link to one: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.
Use the following date format "Month / Day / Year." Note that the date format used throughout the PFS is the format typically used in the United States: MM / DD / YY. So for example, if a child was born on January 19, 2000, the family should enter his or her birthdate on the PFS as 01/19/00.
Explanation of the "Academic Year (School Year)" in the United States
References in the PFS to "Academic Year 2013-14" refer to the school year that begins in September 2013 and ends in June 2014.
Acceptable Methods of Payment. It costs $39U.S. Dollars to submit the PFS Online. We recommend that families living outside of the U.S. cover this payment using PayPal. (Click here for information about setting up a free PayPal account.) All international credit cards are also accepted. When families are paying for the paper PFS, which costs $51 U.S. Dollars, a check is acceptable. However, where the local bank is not an English-language firm or does not issue dollar-denominated counter checks, families may opt for a postal money order denominated in dollars.
Using an International Credit Card in the PFS Online: The payment screen will ask that the expiration date format be entered as follows: YYYY / MM. Families should select their country from the dropdown menu. The form requires a "zip code," so if no other applies, the family should enter in digits such as 00000.
Calling the SSS Customer Service Center: The main SSS toll-free phone line (800-344-8328) is only accessible from within the U.S. and Canada. However, to accommodate international callers, we have set up another phone number that can be dialed from outside the U.S. and Canada. That phone number is 952-967-9922. The caller will incur long-distance charges when dialing this number.
To make a donation for scholarships, please contact Graham Frey at 928-284-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Jenifer Gill, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, at 928-284-2272 or email@example.com with any questions regarding tuition assistance.