Our indexed tuition program brings the cost of a Thaden education within reach for a broad range of families in Northwest Arkansas. Instead of paying a fixed rate, each family's contribution toward the cost of a Thaden education is individually determined or "indexed" on the basis of its financial resources.

Furthermore, this indexed family contribution is all-inclusive: it covers tuition as well as transportation to school, two daily meals (breakfast and lunch), all instructional materials, athletic uniforms, the cost of afterschool activities and field trips, and the use of a personal laptop for the academic year.
This tuition model advances our mission by allowing us to build a diverse and well-balanced educational community where many perspectives meet and grow stronger together under the guidance of masterful teachers in small classes (typically no more than 15 students). We also offer an abundance of opportunities for students to participate in athletics and other co-curricular programs at no additional cost.

We hope that you will take the time to learn more about our indexed tuition program and how it makes the remarkable benefits of a Thaden education accessible to our greater community.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • What is a family contribution?

    Every family is expected to contribute to the cost of a Thaden education, thereby supporting the community to the extent that they are able. It is important to note, however, that all families, including those that pay the maximum tuition, pay well below the actual cost of a Thaden education. Many of our costs, including the design and construction of our new campus, with state-of-the-art facilities, are supported by philanthropic contributions. In addition, Thaden generates income through grants, investments, and fundraising activities.

    The family contribution is all-inclusive and covers tuition as well as transportation to school, two daily meals (breakfast and lunch), all instructional materials, athletic uniforms, the cost of afterschool activities and field trips, and the use of a personal laptop for the academic year. 

    All students enrolled for the 2019-20 academic year will attend school on our newly opened campus.
  • What does your family contribution support?

    Funds generated through tuition are used primarily to recruit and retain faculty of the highest quality and to maintain our small student-teacher ratios. For this reason, our indexed tuition program not only benefits all families financially but also enhances the overall quality of a Thaden education by enabling us to create a more a balanced and diverse learning community where many perspectives meet.
  • How does my family apply for indexed tuition?

    To ensure that tuition determinations are equitable and confidential, Thaden School has engaged Smart Aid, one of the nation's leading tuition management services. Families who wish to apply will submit several financial documents to Smart Aid, including recent pay stubs, W-2s, filed tax returns, and account statements. They will also be asked to respond to several narrative questions to assess the level at which they are able to contribute to the cost of a Thaden education.

    All information submitted in an application for indexed tuition is held in the strictest confidence and reviewed separately from the student's application for admission. Families that elect not to apply for indexed tuition will pay the maximum tuition rates ($24,600 for Middle School; $25,800 for Upper School). After processing an application for indexed tuition, Smart Aid will provide the school with a tuition recommendation which is subject to further review by our Indexed Tuition Committee. 

    Follow the link to our Smart Aid application to apply for indexed tuition.

Index for 2019-2020

Household Gross Income Range Range of Family Contribution
$80,000 and below $2,500 or less
$80,000 to $100,000 $2,500 to $5,000
$100,000 to $120,000 $5,000 to $7,500
$120,000 to $140,000 $7,500 to $10,000
$140,000 to $160,000 $10,000 to $13,000
$160,000 to $180,000 $13,000 to $16,000
$180,000 to $200,000 $16,000 to $19,000
$200,000 to $220,000 $19,000 to $22,000
$220,000 and above $22,000 to $25,800
When calculating a family’s contribution, Smart Aid evaluates several factors in addition to household income, including family size, number of children attending Thaden or other tuition-based schools (including college), and other liabilities and assets. 

For example, a household with an annual gross income of $100,000 will pay more than $5000 in tuition if the family also has considerable additional assets to draw upon such as savings, investments, or gifts. Conversely, a family contribution for a household with an annual income of $100,000 who also has significant medical costs or tuition obligations might be expected to pay less than $5000 in tuition.

Calculations for families interested in sending more than one child to Thaden are sometimes complex and receive a particularly thorough review by our Indexed Tuition Committee. For these reasons, the tuition ranges above are illustrative but non-binding. 
Families must apply for indexed tuition each year and tuition can move up or down in line with a family's economic profile. To apply for our Indexed Tuition program, proceed to Smart Aid. For full consideration, all Smart Aid applications should be completed by January 4, 2019.

If you would like to schedule a meeting or have any questions, please contact us at 479-254-8030 or

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