Tuition, Fees & Financial Assistance

Vail Mountain School tuition is competitive with elite independent schools throughout the country that provide a top-notch college preparatory education. Tuition includes daily dining experience, books, all trips within the state of Colorado, and most other fees. As such, our tuition is a true representation of the cost of the education.  Tuition may be paid in one of the following ways:
  • One payment due in mid-June.
  • Two payments due mid-June and mid-December, each equal to 50% of the net amount due. This payment includes an interest charge.
  • Nine equal payments due on the 20th of each month beginning June 20. This payment includes an interest charge.

2017-18 Tuition

  • LOWER SCHOOL (Grades K-5): $23,575
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8): $24,360
  • UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 9-12): $25,560

Financial Assistance

Throughout our more than fifty year history, we’ve been committed to serving the local community by providing need-based financial assistance, which currently amounts to more than $1,000,000 per year and is granted to nearly ⅓ of our students. Families apply for financial assistance each year their child is enrolled at VMS. Grants are awarded on the basis of a family’s demonstrated need. To help evaluate need, VMS employs the nationally standardized system, Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). After reviewing a family’s application, FAST computes a figure for the family’s expected contribution towards tuition.

Non-custodial parents are exempt from submitting a financial aid application only if documentation is provided stating that: their location is unknown, or that they provide no support and have had no contact with the family for at least two years. If there are any other extenuating circumstances that might waive this requirement, written requests should be sent to the VMS Business Office.

The FAST Application includes:
  • Completing the FAST online application
  • Submitting a signed copy of the parents’ Federal Tax Return to FAST

Click here to begin the FAST application.

Financial Need Computation and Award Determination

The Financial Aid Committee reviews applications to determine a family’s potential contribution toward the cost of tuition. Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of education and a family’s expected contribution, which is determined by taking into account income, assets, family size, debt, and necessary expenses. When calculating a family’s financial need, the Financial Aid Committee reviews all relevant tax returns and schedules, as well as the report generated with the FAST application.

Questions regarding family contribution computations may be directed to FAST by calling their help line at 1-877-326-FAST or by e-mailing However, families should call the VMS Business Office with any questions regarding the school’s financial assistance decisions, payment options or recommendations for outside lending agencies.

Deadline For Financial Assistance

All requested financial assistance documentation should be submitted to Vail Mountain School’s Business Office by February 10, 2017 for priority consideration.  We will continue to process completed financial assistance applications after this date, and awards may be made at any time if funds remain available.  The financial assistance award will not be applied to the tuition bill until we have received a signed copy of your 2016 IRS 1040 form.