TABS Data Dig: Range of Tuition & Aid Across TABS Member Schools

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Richard PhelpsRichard Phelps, TABS Director of Research, has gathered a variety of data points from TABS member schools. This new series called TABS Data Dig will share relevant data and information regarding boarding schools; from dormitory size, tuition rates, to enrollment trends. 

Because TABS member boarding schools are independent, they can offer consumers variety in the services they provide, at different prices. Most TABS member boarding schools allow students living nearby to attend as day students, at lower tuition. Some allow students living nearby or a little further away to board during the week (e.g., Monday through Friday) and return to their homes on weekends, at lower tuition.

Most TABS member schools offer financial aid to families who cannot otherwise afford to enroll their children. Whether that aid is labeled “need aid” or “merit aid” really depends on how each school wishes to label it; we do not impose precise definitions to clearly separate the two categories. Some argue that any students meeting the high academic requirements for entry to many TABS member schools merits financial aid, so any aid given should be considered only need-based.

For TABS US schools ($US)

7-day tuition (N=226)

Minimum=$0
Maximum=$65,870
Mean=$41,281
Median=$43,753

5-day tuition (N=60)

Minimum=$0
Maximum=$61,300
Mean=$32,778
Median=$34,513

Day-only tuition (N=202)

Minimum=$0
Maximum=$50,400
Mean=$25,202
Median=$25,600

(Note: Tuition at Girard College and Milton Hershey School is $0)

Need aid percent (N=251)

Minimum=0%
Maximum=100%
Mean=32%
Median=32%

Need aid average amount (N=251)

Minimum=$0
Maximum=$44,000
Mean=$14,295
Median=$14,850

Merit aid percent (N=251)

Minimum=0%
Maximum=90%
Mean=3%
Median=0%

Merit aid average amount (N=251)

Minimum=$0
Maximum=$46,500
Mean=$2,543
Median=$0

For TABS Canadian schools ($CAN)

7-day tuition (N=24)

Min=$6,400
Max=$53,695
Mean=$42,125
Median=$45,500

5-day tuition (N=8)

Min=$6,400
Max=$44,616
Mean=$28,838
Median=$32,195

Day-only tuition (N=23)

Min=$10,600
Max=$32,505
Mean=$21,095
Median=$20,500

Need aid percent (N=28)

Min=0%
Max=38%
Mean=16%
Median=15%

Need aid average amount (N=28)

Min=$0
Max=$44,847
Mean=$7,525
Median=$4,380

Merit aid percent (N=28)

Min=0%
Max=35%
Mean=7%
Median=2%

Merit aid average amount (N=28)

Min=$0
Max=$10,000
Mean=$2,068
Median=$1,000

Note: 2011–2012 data

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