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Tuition & Tuition Assistance

Vail Mountain School aims to make our independent school education available to all great-fit students, regardless of their financial resources. We offer flexible payment plans and a commitment to work with families and their demonstrated financial needs throughout their years at VMS.

2024 - 2025 Tuition


MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8)

UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 9-12)

Tuition includes:
All Orientation Trips, Hut Trips, In-state Intraterm, and any other in-state overnight travel and field trips
Catered lunch by Sage Dining
Featured speakers and author visits
Technology devices (grades K-7)

Throughout our sixty year history, we’ve been committed to serving the local community by providing need-based tuition assistance, which currently amounts to more than $1,500,000 per year and is granted to approximately 26% of our families. Applications for tuition assistance must be submitted each year a child is enrolled at VMS. Grants are awarded on the basis of a family’s demonstrated need. To help evaluate need, the VMS Tuition Assistance Committee employs the nationally standardized system, FACTS Management. After reviewing a family’s application, FACTS computes a figure for the family’s expected contribution towards tuition.

Tuition Assistance Next Steps

It is expected that all families applying for VMS Tuition Assistance, whether new or current, will carefully read the Tuition Assistance Handbook. 

Tuition Assistance FAQs (these questions and more are also answered in the Tuition Assistance handbooks)

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Affording VMS

Developing the ability to think critically was central to my experience at VMS. Whether the topic was art, geometry, literature, or even soccer, we honed our ability to think critically about the subject at hand, and more often than not, its broader implications.


Lower School Admission (Grades K-5)

Jennifer Bill
Director of Admission, Lower School
Tel: 970-477-7175

Middle & Upper School Admission (Grades 6-12)

Jeremy Thelen
Director of Admission, Middle and Upper Schools
Tel: 970-477-7164