As a school, we seek to admit talented and motivated students, regardless of family resources. We believe that economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all of our families. Therefore, families who feel the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to the school. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment. For the 2019-2020 school year, Episcopal provided over $1.4 million in need-based financial aid to qualifying families. Financial aid is granted to families on the basis of demonstrated need through the use of School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). In using SSS, Episcopal follows the Principles of Good Practice outlined by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS):
- Financial aid awards will be made without regard to race, nationality, or ethnic origin.
- Financial aid will be determined on the basis of demonstrated need.
- Families must submit annually the financial statement by SSS.
- The financial aid process is 100% confidential.
Families who feel they will or might need financial assistance to help cover the cost of an Episcopal Collegiate education are encouraged to indicate so on the application for admission. The school will make available, online, to all such families a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) for submission to School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS).
- Beginning November 20, 2019, PFS families may go to http://sssbynais.org/parents to start the financial aid process. Please be sure to list Episcopal Collegiate School as a recipient of the Report of Family Contribution (RFC). Our school code is 1637.
- Families will also need to upload the following documents to SSS:
- Signed 2019 federal tax return (1040), including all supporting schedules and forms.
- Most recent W-2 and/or 1099 for all parents in the household.
- The IRS deadlines do not fit well with the timeline for financial aid decisions. Please complete your federal tax return prior to the April 1, 2020 deadline for financial aid. If your taxes are not complete by the deadline, please submit your 2019 W-2’s and a signed copy of your 2017 tax return. Submit your 2019 tax return as soon as it is completed. All financial aid awards are considered tentative until the receipt of the 2017 information.
- Families will be notified in April/May 2020.
Every financial aid award is made for one year. Each year, parents must re-apply and submit the necessary documents to School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). While significant changes in a family’s financial circumstances can impact the Report of Family Contribution (RFC), the Financial Aid Committee’s goal is to maintain funding at proportionate levels over a student’s year of enrollment. The Committee is also empowered to increase or reduce the amount of the annual award based on the student’s overall performance at Episcopal Collegiate School.
An application for financial aid is considered only after the student has been admitted to Episcopal. Applicants accepted for admission and qualifying for need-based financial aid outnumber those whom we can afford to support; therefore some students will be accepted to Episcopal but not awarded financial aid for the academic school year. Consideration for financial aid is given in the following order. Funds are not reserved for families whose PFS or tax forms are received late.
- Applications from current financial aid recipients who have completed all financial aid forms and re-enrollment by the deadline.
- New applications from currently enrolled families, if completed by the deadline.
- New applications from candidates accepted by the Admission Committee for enrollment.
- Applications completed after the specified deadlines, as long as funds remain available.
Families must be in good financial standing with the school in order to qualify for approval of financial aid.
The Arkansas Activities Association, which oversees interscholastic athletic competition in Arkansas, requires that any non-public school provide verification that all students competing in sports receive no more financial aid than is justified based on their financial need, as determined by an independent service. Therefore, any student who receives financial assistance and might possibly compete in interscholastic competition must have a release form signed by their family that authorizes the school to provide information to the AAA if so requested. At Episcopal Collegiate School, over 65% of the student body participates in such interscholastic competition.
All information relating to the financial aid application process is held in the strictest confidence. The Financial Aid Committee makes its decisions in complete confidentiality, both in regard to amount and recipient. In turn, we expect that families receiving financial aid also maintain this policy. Failure of a family to maintain confidentiality may result in the loss of financial aid.
Investing in Your Child's Future
Thank you for considering an Episcopal Collegiate education for your family. As you will learn through the admissions process, families find great value in the Episcopal Collegiate educational experience.
As a school, we seek to admit talented and motivated students, regardless of family resources. We believe that economic diversity enriches the educational opportunities for all of our families. Therefore, families who feel that the full tuition cost is out of their reach should not hesitate to visit or apply to the school. We are here to help you determine the best options for your family with this very important educational investment.
Two Semester Payments*
10 Monthly Payments**
|PreK-3 M/W/F full day
PreK-3 M-F AM only
PreK-4 M-F AM only
|PreK-3 M-F full day
PreK-4 M-F full day
|PreK 12-Month Option||$14,370||$500||$13,870||$7,004||$1,178|
|Grades K - 5||$12,940||$1,000||$11,940||$6,030||$1,212|
|Grades K - 5 12-Month Option||$16,440||$1,000||$15,440||$7,797||$1,311|
New Student Enrollment Fee: A one-time fee of $1,500 will be charged to each new student in grades 6 through 8 and $500 for all other grades. This fee is payable along with tuition according to the payment plan selected.
*The Enrollment Deposit is non-refundable. It is applied to the tuition obligation and is due March 31, 2019, or no later than 15 days after submission of the Enrollment Agreement for new students.
**A nominal cost of funds charge is included in the semester and monthly payment amounts.
12 Month Option: Families with students in grades PreK-3 - 5th grade may enroll in the 12-month option. Uniquely created for dual career families, this option includes tuition for the school year, plus full time after school care and enrollment in the full-time summer day camp. Additionally, supervised activities during many school holidays are also included. Please contact the Admissions Office for a full calendar of days covered.
kindergarten - 5th Grade
Kindergarten - 5TH gRADE
|Regular Pricing||12-Month Pricing||Regular Pricing||12-Month Pricing|
|School Year Tuition||$10,870||$10,870||$12,940||$12,940|
|Wildcat Club - After School||$1,800||$1,400||$1,800||$1,400|
|Additional School Year Days||n/a||$500||n/a||$500|
Episcopal Collegiate School is excited to announce a 12-month programming option that will provide a combination of school, Wildcat Club, and Discovery Day Camp for our families beginning August 2019. We understand the increased need among our families for year-round engagement and childcare options. Episcopal’s new 12-month program will be available for families with children in rising PreK-3 through rising 5th grade. The 12-month option will bundle the school year tuition, Wildcat Club, and a single fee for the entire summer of Discovery Day Camp into one payment. Also, many school holidays will have supervised activities scheduled for those who enroll in the 12-month option. By bundling the program costs, families will save over 30% of the regular Wildcat Club and summer program fees.
Additional school year days during the 2019/2020 will include:
- Fall Break - October 11 and 14
- Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving Break - November 25 and 26
- A week of Christmas Break - December 30 and 31, January 2 and 3
- Winter Break - February 14 and 17
- Spring Break - March 23-27
- Monday of Easter Break - April 13
|PreK3 and 4 M-F AM||12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Hourly rate of $12 with a daily max of $36||Not Available|
|Early Childhood and Lower School Supervised Activities||3:20 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Hourly rate of $7.50 with a daily max of $15||$900|
|Grade 6 and up, Supervised Study Hall||4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Hourly rate of $7.50 with a daily max of $15||$700|
Payment Options: The following options are available for payment of after school care fees.
Semester Payment Option: The semester rate is offered at a significant discount from the daily rate. In addition, services are also included for parent teacher conference days. In order to qualify for the semester rate, payment must be received by the dates below:
Fall Semester Payment Due: September 30, 2019
Spring Semester Payment Due: January 31, 2020
Monthly Payment Option: Families will be charged based on actual attendance at the rates reflected in the table above.
Late Pick-Up Fees: The Wildcat Club After School Program is staffed until 6:00 p.m. each day that school is in session. Students who are not picked up by that time will be subject to a late fee of $20 for each 30 minutes or fraction thereof.
Teacher Conference Days: Only those students enrolled in the Semester Payment Option are eligible to attend Wildcat Club on parent conference days. There will be no drop in rate available on teacher conference days; however, parents may use the Wildcat Club at no cost while the parent(s) are in a teacher conference on campus.
|Grade Level||TPC Cost|
|Pre-K3 or 4 Partial Week||$250|
|Pre-K3 or 4 Full Week||$350|
|Grades 6 - 12||$375|
Tuition Protection CoverageThe Enrollment Agreement legally obligates the family for payment of the full year's tuition after June 30. Tuition Protection Coverage will pay some or all of the remaining tuition obligation in the event that it is necessary for a student to withdraw from Episcopal Collegiate School. Tuition Protection Coverage is optional. See the Tuition Protection Overview for details.