Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition 2018-19

Lower School

Tuition includes daily food service, books, supplies, and activities.

TUITION ACTIVITIES FEE
Pre-k $20,900 $0
Grades K‑1 $23,280 $0
Grades 2‑4 $24,310 $0

Middle School

Tuition includes daily food service. Textbooks are purchased separately.


TUITION ACTIVITIES FEE
Grades 5‑8 $25,860 $500

Upper School

Daily food service available on per-meal basis. Textbooks are purchased separately.


TUITION ACTIVITIES FEE
Grades 9‑12 $26,480 $600

Additional optional charges may vary by service (Extended Day Experience, After-School Programs, etc.), and will be charged to the student’s account accordingly.

Payment Options

Phoenix Country Day School offers four different payment options. All plans require a deposit submitted with the enrollment contract. Processing fees are waived for students receiving financial aid.

One Payment 100% of tuition paid in full on or before July 1
Two-Payment Plan 60% of tuition due on or before July 1 and 40% balance due on or before January 1
Four-Payment Plan Four equal payments on or before July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1 ($200 processing fee applied)
Ten-Payment Plan

Ten equal payments beginning July 15 or 25 and ending May 15 or 25 with no payment in February (requires automatic withdraw from bank account and $400 processing fee applied)

Tuition may be paid online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card accepted with a 3% processing fee) or eCheck (ACH/electronic check).

Phoenix Country Day School seeks and accepts students for admission without reference to race, color, religion, age, disability, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made independently.

Our Commitment

Phoenix Country Day School is committed to helping families invest in their students’ education by providing generous, need-based financial aid, as well as various options and payment plans for financing their students’ education.

Approximately 23% of PCDS families receive need-based financial aid from the School, with an average aid package for 2017-18 being approximately $12,500 per student, and many more families take advantage of tuition credits through the Arizona Tax Credit Scholarship programs.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the School for guidance and support. Contact Kristie Berg, Director of Financial Aid, with any questions or to inquire about opportunities to fund your family’s PCDS experience.

Financial Aid

A Commitment to an Inclusive Community

Phoenix Country Day School is committed to providing access to outstanding students who, for financial reasons, would otherwise be unable to attend our School. This year Phoenix Country Day School has dedicated over $2 million for need-based financial aid.

Phoenix Country Day School is committed to being an inclusive community with a student body that reflects a broad economic and social mix with a diversity of interests, talents, backgrounds, and levels of involvement beyond the classroom. No qualified student should be deterred by financial circumstances from applying to PCDS, and families who feel they need assistance are encouraged to apply for aid.

Phoenix Country Day School’s financial aid program is designed to provide the difference between what a family can afford to contribute (based on a confidential and standardized needs analysis) and what it actually costs to attend the School. PCDS offers financial aid based on the demonstrated financial need of the family and the availability of financial aid funds. The School recognizes, however, that the primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.

Like most independent schools, PCDS uses the services of the School and Student Services by NAIS and current IRS 1040 tax returns to assist with the School’s determination of a family’s ability to afford the costs of private education. To apply for need-based financial aid, parents must complete the confidential online Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) within the SSS by the National Association of Independent Schools.
The SSS code for PCDS is 5770.

Please note that applying for financial aid has no bearing on an application for admission. Financial aid files are reviewed separately from admissions files, and awards are made only after a student has been admitted.

For any questions regarding PCDS Financial Aid, please contact Kristie Berg, Director of Financial Aid, at 602.955.8200, ext. 2228.

Financial Aid for the 2018-19 School Year

Application & Resources

Financial Aid Application Information Packet
Family Guide to Financial Aid Booklet
Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Workbook and Instruction Booklet
Additional Resources

Timetable

November 1, 2017
Applications Available
January 15, 2018
Deadline for current families to submit:
  • Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online application to SSS by NAIS
  • Parents’ most recent pay stubs
  • 2016 W-2 forms or 2016 Form 1099 (If applicable)
  • 2016 IRS1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation addressed to the financial aid committee (optional)
February 1, 2018
Deadline for prospective families to submit:
  • Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online application to SSS by NAIS
  • Parents’ most recent pay stubs
  • 2016 W-2 forms or 2016 Form 1099 (If applicable)
  • Signed copy of 2015 and 2016 IRS form 1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation addressed to the financial aid committee (optional)
April 1, 2018
Deadline for all families to submit:
  • Signed copy of 2017 IRS form 1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (jf applicable)

All of the above documents must be uploaded to SSS - or - mailed to:
SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021

March 2018
Award decisions mailed to families

Please note:
You must complete your IRS Form 1040 early enough to meet the above deadlines.

Financial Aid for the 2018-19 School Year

Application & Resources

Application & Resources

Financial Aid Application Information Packet
Family Guide to Financial Aid Booklet
Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Workbook and Instruction Booklet
Additional Resources

Timetable

Timetable

November 1, 2017

Applications available

January 15, 2018

Deadline for current families to submit:
  • Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online application to SSS by NAIS
  • Parents’ most recent pay stubs
  • 2016 W-2 forms or 2016 Form 1099 (If applicable)
  • 2016 IRS1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation addressed to the financial aid committee (optional)

February 1, 2018

Deadline for prospective families to submit:
  • Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online application to SSS by NAIS
  • Parents’ most recent pay stubs
  • 2016 W-2 forms or 2016 Form 1099 (If applicable)
  • Signed copy of 2015 and 2016 IRS form 1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (if applicable)
  • Letter of explanation addressed to the financial aid committee (optional)

April 1, 2018

Deadline for all families to submit:
  • Signed copy of 2017 IRS form 1040 including all schedules, with all corporate and partnership/sole proprietorship forms (jf applicable)


All of the above documents must be uploaded to SSS - or - mailed to:

SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center
437 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021

March 2018

Award decisions mailed to families



Please note:
You must complete your IRS Form 1040 early enough to meet the above deadlines.

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Arizona Tax Credit Scholarships

School Tuition Organizations

The state of Arizona leads the nation in using tax credit opportunities to enable families to offset the cost of private school education. This allows families to choose the educational setting that best suits their child. The program allows Arizona taxpayers to contribute a portion of their Arizona tax liability to a School Tuition Organization (STO) and take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their state income tax return.

Families are encouraged to apply to STOs for scholarships for their children either desiring to attend a private school for the first time or wishing to continue attending a private school.

There are three different tax credit programs applicable to PCDS, two funded by individuals and one funded by corporations. Each has its own state-mandated eligibility requirements and restrictions, described in detail below. Included with the information are links to the STOs from which PCDS students have received scholarships in the past. There are over 100 STOs that award scholarships to students across the state. Feel free to research them, as there are more than we can list here.

For further information on the state laws governing these scholarships, please visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website’s pages on individual and corporate tax credit programs.

With any questions regarding the Arizona Tax Credit Scholarships, please contact Kristie Berg, Director of Financial Aid, at 602.955.8200, ext. 2228.

Tax Credit Scholarship Options

Individual

There are two types of Individual Tax Credit Scholarships—the “Original” and the “Switcher” scholarships. Below, please review some of the differences between each, as well as a list of some of the organizations granting these scholarships for this school year.

The “Original” Individual Tax Credit Scholarship

  • Who can receive an Individual Tax Credit Scholarship?
    Scholarships are available to any student attending a private school. Each STO sets its own application and eligibility requirements. Families must apply directly to the STO(s) for consideration. Please review each STO’s website carefully for individual application deadlines and requirements.
  • Who can contribute and claim the Individual Tax Credit?
    Anyone with a personal Arizona tax liability can make a contribution. The taxpayer can contribute (redirecting their tax liability) up to $1092 for a married couple filing a joint return, or $546 for a single filer (2017 tax year). Some STOs will allow contributors to nominate a student (not their own) to receive a scholarship. The nomination cannot be a condition of the contribution, as the STO is responsible for making awards; however, many STOs welcome recommendations.

The “Second” Individual Tax Credit Scholarship, a.k.a. “Switcher”

  • Who can receive a “Switcher” Tax Credit Scholarship?
    A student is eligible if he/she meets one of the following criteria:
    • Is new to the private school, “switching” from public to private, having attended as a full-time student for at least 90 days of the prior school year; OR
    • Is entering the private school as a kindergarten student; OR
    • Has attended the private school and has previously received a “Switcher” Tax Credit Scholarship or a Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship.
  • Who can contribute and claim the “Switcher” Tax Credit?
    Anyone with a personal Arizona tax liability, who has already contributed the maximum amount to the Original Individual Tax Credit Program, can contribute an additional $1085 as a married couple or $543 as a single filer (2017 tax year). Some STOs will allow nominations for scholarships; however, the potential recipient must meet the above qualifications to receive this type of scholarship.

School Tuition Organizations (STOs) offering these scholarships:

Corporate

  • Who can receive a Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship?
    This program is the most restrictive. The student must meet the following criteria:
    • Student’s family income cannot exceed 185% of the income required to qualify a child for reduced price lunches during the 2017-18 school year per the table below AND Is entering the private school after attending an Arizona public school full-time for at least 90 days of the prior school year or one full semester prior to the transfer in the current school year: OR
    • Is enrolling as a kindergarten student; OR
    • Has received, for any year, a scholarship under one of the above criteria OR,
    • From the original individual scholarship program or the switcher individual scholarship program if the student continued to attend a private school.
      Household Size Maximum Household Income
      1 $41,275
      2 $55,581
      3 $69,887
      4 $84,194
      5 $98,500
      Each add’l member $14,306

*Note: STOs are allowed to award only up to a state-mandated maximum for the year. In the 2017-18 school year, the scholarship limits are $6,600 for students in grades 9 – 12, and $5,300 for students in grades K – 8.

  • Who can contribute and claim the Corporate Tax Credit?
    C Corporations and S Corporations with an Arizona corporate tax liability are allowed to contribute and redirect some of their tax liability to a School Tuition Organization. Corporations may not nominate individual students for scholarships; however, they may request that students from a particular school be the primary recipients of a donation. If you know of a C corporation or S Corporation interested in taking advantage of this tax credit please contact Kristie Berg or Katie Charles at 602.955.8200.

School Tuition Organizations (STOs) offering these scholarships: