Tuition

Financing an independent education is a major investment in your child’s future. The cost of attending a school like Randolph is substantial. We understand. The School strives to keep tuition and fees as low as possible to make a Randolph education affordable for more students. Payment plans and tuition refund plans are an important part of planning for a Randolph education. Additional expenses should be considered as well. For detailed tuition information, access the blue tabs below. 


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  • Tuition and Fees

    2017-2018 Tuition
    Grades K-4: $15,775
    Grades 5/6: $17,490
    Grades 7/8: $17,990
    Grades 9-12: $19,970

    Book and Activity Fees
    Grades K-4: $540
    Grades 5-8: $805
    Grades 9-12: $630

    Additional Fees
    Grade 12-Graduation: $350
     
  • Payment Plans and the Tuition Refund Plan

    Payment Plans
    Randolph offers three convenient payment plans for families. The School-administered finance options include a nominal fee. Tuition payment plans exclude the $1,000 deposit, due at the time the student contract is signed, and the book/activity fees, which must be paid by August 15. Please contact the Business Office at 256-799-6108 for more information about these plans or e-mail Barbara Kirkland.

    One-Payment Option: Tuition is paid July 15.
    To protect families and the School from unforeseen withdrawals, the two- or ten-payment plans require participation in the tuition refund plan. This is optional but recommended for the one-payment plans at the modest cost of .95% of the tuition.

    Two-Payment Option: Tuition and an additional fee plus .95% of the tuition. This tuition plan is paid in equal installments on July 15 and December 15.

    Ten-Payment Option: Tuition and an additional fee plus .95% of the tuition. This tuition plan is divided into 10 equal installments, payable the 15th of each month from March through December.
  • Additional Expenses

    Testing Fees:
    Advanced Placement Testing Fee Approx. - $82/test

    Uniforms: K-8 grade students are required to wear school uniforms. Read the School Dress Code and Uniform policy for more information.

    Laptop Program: Students in grades 9-12 must bring a laptop computer to class each day. Computer models are available through the School with 4-year warranties.  Tablets, smartphones, and other such personal devices do not meet the program requirements and will not be allowed on the network. The laptop must have Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Apple OS X v10.6.6 or later operating systems installed.  However, no additional laptops will be allowed on the networks that do not meet these operating system requirements. The laptop must have a wireless network card and a standard USB interface card. More information on laptop policies and specifications is available through the Upper School Office.

    Athletics: Students participating in extracurricular athletics may need to purchase additional uniforms or personal equipment. Team uniforms are generally paid for through the athletic booster organization.

    Trips: Students in grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational camps and trips. The School works hard to keep the costs of our grade level trips as low as possible. Trips and camps for grades 4-9 and optional Interim programs for grades 10-12 range from under $100 to several thousand dollars.
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Tuition Assistance

Randolph offers a tuition assistance program to help meet the needs of our families who might not otherwise be able to attend Randolph. Admission decisions are made separately from tuition assistance decisions, however the application process for both should be simultaneous.  We invite you to apply and be part of our efforts to provide the finest academic opportunity in the north Alabama area and to be part of a community that spans all economic levels. 

All tuition assistance awards are based on a family’s demonstrated need, and they are made available to students in our Lower, Middle and Upper School divisions. In order to assess a family’s financial need, the School partners with the School and Student Service for Financial Aid, a service of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Families with student athletes who are applying for grades 8-12 should be aware that certain Alabama High School Athletic Association eligibility rules apply to first-year students who receive a tuition assistance award. It is important to discuss all details about athletic eligibility with the Admissions and Athletic offices.

Tuition Assistance Process

  • Complete the application and Parent Financial Statement online at sssbynais.org.
  • Upload the IRS 1040 form, W-2 form, and Form 4506 to the SSS website. 
  • The Admissions Committee will review your child's completed admissions application and then the Tuition Assistance Committee can review the SSS application to determine a possible award. 

For detailed information about the Admissions and Tuition Assistance process, click on the blue tab below. For additional information, contact Director of Admissions Glynn Below.

You may also watch previously recorded webinars to learn more about how to complete and upload the documents needed: http://sss.nais.org/parents/, provided by the School & Student Services, NAIS.

Sincerely,
Linda L. Bryant, Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations
256-799-6110, lbryant@randolphschool.net


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  • General Tuition Assistance Information - Detailed

     
     
    Tuition Assistance General Information
    2017-18 School Year
     
     
    Philosophy:
    Randolph seeks the very best students and the most supportive families from wide-ranging backgrounds with an eagerness to learn and contribute to our community and programs. Randolph's mission-driven admission practices are established to foster a student-centered learning environment for developing strong character, moral leadership and courageous habits of heart and mind.

    The tuition assistance program is designed to enable students to attend Randolph when they might not otherwise do so for financial reasons.
     
    Policy for Awarding Aid:
    
    • Timely submission of the Parents’ Financial Statement is critical to the tuition assistance process. We are unable to grant tuition assistance without the complete application and tax returns.
    • Financial need is defined as the difference between the tuition cost at Randolph and the amount which your family is able to pay for your child’s education in a given year. The Report of Family Contribution from SSS provides the recommendation of a family’s ability to pay for education, after considering such factors as net income, assets, unusual expenses such as medical expenses, number of dependents, and number of children attending tuition-charging educational institutions. The School will use this recommendation to help determine the amount of aid that will be awarded.
    • All tuition assistance awards are made for one year only and will be reviewed annually. Each year parents must apply and submit the appropriate paperwork.
    • Applicants for tuition assistance should understand that lifestyle choices that result in increased expenses or decreased income cannot be underwritten by the tuition assistance program at Randolph School. We expect a Randolph education to be among the family’s highest priorities for discretionary spending.
    • The tuition assistance process is conducted with concern and respect for the family’s privacy within the school community, and all tuition assistance awards are confidential agreements. Randolph School expects the family to adhere to this confidentiality clause as well and refrain from discussing their tuition assistance award with any third party.

    Procedures:
     
    1. Starting on October 2, 2017, log on to sss.nais.org to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement and pay the application fee. Be sure to include the Randolph School code which is 5992.
    1. As soon as possible, scan and upload directly to the SSS website a signed copy of your 2017federal tax return (1040) including all schedules, W-2 and 1099 forms and a signed 4506 form. Please note that all documentation must be uploaded to SSS and not submitted to Randolph School. Alternatively, documents may be mailed directly to:  
     
    SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center
    P.O. Box 449
    Randolph, MA 02368-0449
    (For overnight mail, use this address: SSS by NAIS, Application Processing Center, 437 Turnpike Street, Canton, MA 02021).
                  
                 Please note: A file is considered complete when the Parents’ Financial Statements and 2017 tax returns are received from both parents, either jointly or separately, including signatures, all schedules, W-2s and 1099s, and Form 4506.
     
    Frequently Asked Questions:
     
    What happens if I cannot meet the suggested deadlines (e.g. tax return extensions, non-cooperation from one parent)?
    We start making awards in early March. It is to your advantage to apply for admission and to apply for tuition assistance as soon in the process timeline as possible.

    How much tuition assistance can be awarded?
    Randolph makes every effort to meet a family’s need for tuition assistance as determined by SSS and our internal review process.

    Where does the money come from?
    Because even full tuition payments do not cover the total cost of educating a Randolph student, the School depends on additional revenues besides tuition to deliver its program. These revenues include designated fees, fundraising efforts such as the Randolph Fund and Under the Christmas Tree, and draws on endowment asset income. Students receiving tuition assistance grants depend on these non-tuition revenues to a greater extent than students who do not receive such grants, but all Randolph students depend on them in part.
     
    Is there any preference given to any special group?
    Priority is given to current families first and then new families.
     
    What does tuition assistance cover? Tuition assistance grants cover tuition, whole class trips, and required fees as referenced in the fee schedule. Uniforms, extracurricular activities, after-school care and lunches are not covered by tuition assistance.
     
    Does a tuition assistance award affect athletic eligibility?
    A student-athlete entering grades 8-12 who receives a tuition assistance award in any amount is ineligible to compete during his or her first year at Randolph. According to the AHSAA 2017-18 handbook:
    Rule VI, Administration, Section 7. Financial Aid.A student that transfers to a member school and receives any financial aid shall remain ineligible at that school for one year. Note: First time 7th grader that transfers to a new school is not subject to this rule. A 7th grader who transfers after the start of the school year is subject to this rule.


    
    Important Dates to Remember:
     
    October 2, 2017 – The School and Student Services (SSS) on-line application is available.

    February 15, 2018 – Suggested deadline to submit Parents’ Financial Statements due to SSS.
     
    February 15, 2018 – Suggested deadline to upload tax records and IRS Form 4506 (signed and dated – no payment required, just the copy).
     
    March 1, 2018 – Randolph will begin notification of awards to families.