Tuition & Financial Aid

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, most 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 a finance fee.
  • Nine equal payments due on the 20th of each month beginning June 20. This payment includes a finance fee.

2018-19 Tuition

  • LOWER SCHOOL (Grades K-5): $24,750
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8): $25,575
  • UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 9-12): $26,850

Financial Aid

Throughout our more than fifty year history, we’ve been committed to serving the local community by providing need-based tuition assistance, which currently amounts to more than $1,300,000 per year and is granted to nearly ⅓ of our families. Applications for tuition assistance must be made each year a 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, FACTS Management. After reviewing a family’s application, FACTS 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 FACTS Application includes:
  • Completing the FACTS online application
  • Submitting signed copies of the parents’ complete federal tax returns, including W-2 forms, to FACTS

Click here to begin the FACTS 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 recommendation report generated with the FACTS application.

Questions regarding family contribution computations may be directed to FACTS by calling their help line at 1-866-441-4637. However, families should call the VMS Business Office with any questions regarding the school’s tuition assistance decisions.

Deadline for Financial Aid

All requested tuition assistance documentation should be submitted to FACTS by February 3, 2019 for priority consideration. We will continue to review completed tuition assistance applications after this date, and awards may be made at any time if funds remain available. The tuition assistance award will not be applied to the tuition bill until the FACTS application is complete and all payments due have been paid.