Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees each February for the next academic year. Tuition is payable in three installments: a non-refundable registration deposit due in April, a first semester tuition due in July, and a second semester tuition due in January. Monthly payment plans are also available. For the 2013-14 academic year, tuition is:
$25,470 - PreK through four
$29,770 - Grades five and six
$31,210 - Grades seven through twelve
In addition, lower and middle school families are billed once in August for school-related expenses which, for 2012-2013, are the following amounts:
Prekindergarten - $265
Kindergarten - $300
Grade 1 - $350
Grade 2 - $395
Grade 3 - $400
Grade 4 - $475
Grade 5 - $390
Grade 6 - $375
Grade 7 - $410
Grade 8 - $375, Wash. DC Trip - $380
The above fees are intended to cover the cost of most supplies and field trip expenses, including the middle school Mini-Course Week in February. As a result, children in the lower and middle schools should only incur very minimal expenses during the year, outside of the flat fee and the cost of textbooks.
In the upper school such expenses can vary widely from student to student, depending on his or her course selections. As a result, students are billed individually for expenses such as books and supplies. Such charges typically range between $500 and $900 per upper school student.
PDS does not finance tuition. The school does, however, offer a ten-month payment plan through Tuition Management Systems. More information may be obtained by calling the business office at 609 924-6700 ext. 1305 or TMS at 800-722-4867.
As stated in the Princeton Day School enrollment contract, students are enrolled for the full academic year and no adjustment of fees can be made by the School for absences, withdrawal, or dismissal. Therefore, in the interest of parents, Princeton Day School participates in the Tuition Refund Plan. For more information, please refer to the brochure, available in the Admission Office.
As part of the PDS financial aid program, families receive awards toward these fees in the same proportion as their tuition grant. In addition, charges for incidental expenses are billed to parents throughout the year.
All students have the option of bringing lunch to school or purchasing lunch at the school’s dining room. Lunches may be purchased through a variety of plans (individual or for the entire year). Flik Independent Schools is the dining services provider at PDS. They offer 2 options for purchasing lunch. There is a meal plan option, where parents sign up and pay for lunch at the beginning of the year. There is also an a la carte option, where students can pay as they go. For more information, please see 2012-13 Meal Plan Information.