Indexed Tuition

My experience at Wichita Collegiate was life-changing ... This nurturing environment along with financial aid and Collegiate’s amazing resources made it possible for me to push myself and set lofty goals, while also giving me the tools to pursue them. (Read more about Jaques' story here.)

Jacques Williams (’15), Texas Christian University (’18)


Indexed Tuition is flexible tuition pricing based on a family's specific financial situation. Collegiate follows a confidential process utilizing the School and Student Services division of the National Association of Independent Schools. Families applying for Indexed Tuition are required to complete this review each school year.

The following table shows the range of Indexed Tuition (2019-2020 levels):

Grade Level Range of Tuitions
Full-day Preschool $7,220 - $11,300 (includes lunch and snack program)
Full-day Kindergarten $7,800 - $13,580 (includes lunch and snack program)
Lower School (Grades 1-4) $6,600 - $15,195
Middle School (Grades 5-8) $6,600 - $18,590
Upper School (Grades 9-12) $5,400 - $19,710

Collegiate encourages all families to apply for Indexed Tuition if they think they may qualify. Each family is uniquely analyzed and there is a wide range of family incomes and circumstances that qualify. To better understand how Indexed Tuition may apply to your family's individual circumstances, we have compiled a series of case studies to reflect the diverse financial circumstances of our families. 

Case Study No. 1

Family of four: two parents and two children, with both children attending a tuition-charging school. The combined income of the parents is $120,000. State and federal taxes withheld amount to $20,000. The family owns their home, valued at $200,000; mortgage and property taxes are $17,000 annually. Assets, including savings, home equity, and investments are $14,000. According to the School and Student Services (SSS) calculation, the estimated family contribution is $15,000.

Adjusted Gross Income $130,000
Net Assets $14,000
Taxes Withheld (State and Federal) $20,000
SSS Calculation for Educational Expenses $15,000
Indexed Tuition Payable (per student) $7,500

Case Study No. 2

Family of five: two working parents and three children attending tuition-charging schools, including one in college. The combined income of the parents is $250,000. State and federal taxes withheld amount to $65,000. The family owns their home, valued at $360,000; mortgage and property taxes are $29,000 annually. Assets, including savings, home equity, and investments are $175,000. According to the School and Student Services (SSS) calculation, the estimated family contribution is $51,000, or $17,000 per student.

Adjusted Gross Income $250,000
Net Assets $175,000
Taxes Withheld (State and Federal) $65,000
SSS Calculation for Educational Expenses $51,000
Indexed Tuition Payable (per student) $17,000

Case Study No. 3

Family of three: two working parents and one child. The combined income of the parents is $95,000. State and federal taxes withheld amount to $14,800. The family rents their home at a cost of $15,000 per year. Assets, including savings and investments, are $10,000. According to the School and Student Services (SSS) calculation, the estimated family contribution is $11,100.

Adjusted Gross Income $95,000
Net Assets $10,000
Taxes Withheld (State and Federal) $14,800
SSS Calculation for Educational Expenses $10,000
Indexed Tuition Payable (per student) $10,000

Case Study No. 4

Two-household family: One child who attends a tuition-charging school. Both households have allowable unusual expenses of $3,000. Parent 1 has an income of $70,000, with federal and state taxes amounting to $9,000 and a net worth of $60,000. The home is owned, with an annual mortgage and taxes of $20,000. Parent 2 has an income of $60,000, with federal and state taxes amounting to $7,000 and a net worth of $40,000. The home is owned, with an annual mortgage and taxes of $17,000. According to the School and Student Services (SSS) calculation, the estimated family contribution is $9,100.

  Household 1 Household 2
Adjusted Gross Income $70,000 $60,000
Net Assets $60,000 $40,000
Taxes Withheld (State and Federal) $9,000 $7,000
SSS Calculation for Educational Expenses $5,800 $3,300
Combined Calculation for Educational Expenses $9,100
Indexed Tuition Payable (per student) $9,100
To Apply for Indexed Tuition Assistance:

For tips on how to apply for indexed tuition, please download and follow the steps on the link below.

How to Apply for Indexed Tuition PDFAuthorization for Credit Report PDF

Again, please know that your personal financial information is kept in the strictest confidence. If you have any questions or comments regarding Wichita Collegiate's indexed tuition program, please contact Susie Steed at (316) 771-2203.