Tuition & Financial Aid

 

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YOUR INVESTMENT IN ACTION

  • Extraordinary, passionate teaching and mentoring from an exceptional faculty, 63% of whom have advanced degrees in their field of study.
  • Rigorous, inquiry-based curricula that reflect the highest standards of academic excellence and give students the chance to experience their learning hands-on.
  • A diverse staff and student body fosters a compassionate and progressive learning environment.
  • Our downtown location offers students access to resources not available to other schools such as special access to local galleries, business partnerships for senior internships, community leaders who speak to students and parents, and more.
  • Facilities that rival some colleges and universities.

Tuition Rates

We do understand that a Tampa Prep education is an investment and, like you, we firmly believe your child is worth the investment.

2019-2020 Payment Plan Options
Option 1 | 100% of tuition paid in full by July 10
Option 2 | Two equal payments made in July and December.
Option 3 | Twelve automatic, monthly payments made to FACTS beginning in June.
NOTE: A $500 non-refundable reservation fee is due with the enrollment contract.

Payment
Upon a student’s enrollment, the payment of tuition and fees for the full academic year is an unconditional obligation. No portion of tuition or fees paid or outstanding will be refunded or canceled notwithstanding the absence, withdrawal or dismissal of the child from Tampa Preparatory School during the academic year. This obligation may be canceled by notifying the Admissions Office at Tampa Preparatory School in writing on or before May 1 preceding the school year that the child will not enroll.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? View our Admissions FAQ.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TUITION

3 Payment Options

Option 1 (single payment) | $23,335 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee
Option 2 (two payments) | $24,025 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee
Option 3 (12 monthly payments) | $24,870 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee

UPPER SCHOOL TUITION

3 Payment Options

Option 1 (single payment) | $24,195 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee
Option 2 (two payments) | $24,883 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee
Option 3 (12 monthly payments) | $25,730 + $500 non-refundable reservation fee

INTERNATIONAL / EXCHANGE STUDENT TUITION

FULL YEAR

Middle School
$26,635 | $23,335 + $500 reservation fee + $2,800 Incidentals Fee* (Paid in full before I-20 can be issued)
Upper School
$27,495 | $24,195 + $500 reservation fee + $2,800 Incidentals Fee* (Paid in full before I-20 can be issued)

SEMESTER

Middle School
$14,313 | $12,013 + $500 reservation fee + $1,800 Incidentals Fee* (Paid in full before I-20 can be issued)
Upper School
$14,742 | $12,442 + $500 reservation fee + $1,800 Incidentals Fee* (Paid in full before I-20 can be issued)

* This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students.

NEXT GENERATION BALLET (NGB) at the PATEL CONSERVATORY (Part Time Students)

Our downtown campus is conveniently located just across the river from the Patel Conservatory, and our nearly 700 students in grades 6-12 represent a mosaic of ethnic, religious and socioeconomic diversity. As Florida’s Most Innovative School, Tampa Prep can challenge and support NGB students in ways that more traditional environments cannot. Personalized course schedules allow NGB students to concentrate on academics in the morning and devote their afternoons and evenings to intensive dance instruction.

FULL YEAR

Middle School: $11,668 + $500 = $12,168
Upper School: $12,098 + $500 = $12,598

SEMESTER
Middle School: $12,013 + $500 = $13,013 = $6,506.50 per semester
Upper School: $12,442 + $500 = $13,442 = $6,721 per semester

MONTHLY
Middle School: $12,435 + $500 = $13,435 = $1,119.58 monthly
Upper School: $12,865 + $500 = $13,865 = $1,155.41 monthly

Jump to Financial Aid

Additional Fees

Additional fees and expenses may be incurred during the school year. The following is an estimation of additional costs a family should budget for their child.

New Student Matriculation Fee
$750 This is a one time, per-student fee.

Parent Group Dues
$65 Tampa Prep Parents Alliance Dues
$45 Tampa Prep Boosters Dues

Athletics
$40 – $400 (Costs reflect the ranges for participation in Middle School, JV and Varsity sports)

Curriculum & Textbooks
$150-$300 E-Books/Textbooks (Costs will vary depending on the grade and the purchase of new versus used books) *For international students, this fee is included in the incidentals fee.

Also, students must choose ONE of the following:

  • iPad 6th Generation (released March 2019) – 128 GB WiFi only – $429
  • iPad Air (released March 2019) – 64 GB WiFi only – $499
  • iPad Pro 11 inch 64 GB WiFi only – $799 – most recent release
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch 64 GB WiFi only – $999 – most recent release

Class Trips (mandatory participation)
Grade 6 – $550 Fun in Florida Trip
Grade 7 – $1,000 Florida Keys Experiential Education
Grade 8 – $1,000 Explore Boston
Grade 9 – $50-200 First Week Retreat
Grade 10 – $50-200 First Week Retreat
Grade 11 – $650 Camping in Pisgah National Forest

Course/Club/Athletic Trips
Grades 9-12. Some courses, clubs and athletic teams travel for competitions. Costs may be incurred.

Financial Aid Guidelines & Policy

Our founders believed that all children deserve an exceptional education, regardless of socio-economic status. To make Tampa Prep accessible to the best and brightest students from all backgrounds, we offer financial assistance where possible at each grade level to provide the school with a broad social and economic mix of students. We are dedicated to extending opportunities for qualified students, thus Financial Aid is open to students of any race, color, religion, nationality or ethnic origin.

Tampa Prep is committed to meeting the demonstrated financial need of families whose children are offered admission. To enable us to do this, with finite resources available, the guidelines and policies in the dropdown below have been adopted. Tampa Prep reviews all applicants on a case-by-case basis. A student’s application for admission is not affected by his/her application for Financial Aid. Priority is given to current families who adhere to the deadlines and have met all financial obligations to the school.

Should you have any questions regarding the Financial Aid process, please contact Tammy Honegger, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid at 813-251-8481 or thonegger@tampaprep.org.

GUIDELINES & POLICY

  • Financial Aid is annual. A family must reapply each year.
  • Current families applying for assistance for the first time must provide the Financial Aid Office with a letter explaining the changes in their family’s financial situation. We will do all we can to make it possible for students to continue at Tampa Prep. We expect a family in this situation to make other adjustments to their family expenditures, in addition to seeking financial aid, to help cover the costs of private education. When a family’s financial situation improves greatly the annual grant will be adjusted to reflect the positive gain.
  • All parents must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it to School and Student Service by NAIS (SSS) for processing. Families will apply online beginning October 2 at https://sss.secure.force.com/familyportal.
  • All parents will furnish the Financial Aid Office at Tampa Prep with a copy of their current and previous year tax return, including all schedules and copies of W-2s.
  • If parents are separated or divorced, all paperwork, including PFS and tax documentation, is requested from both parents.
  • If the non-custodial parent refuses to submit the necessary paperwork to the Financial Aid Office, the application for financial aid may not be processed. If the custodial parent has not heard from the non-custodial parent in a period of time, a letter of verification from a disinterested party (minister, attorney, etc.) will be required. A copy of the divorce decree will be required as well.
  • If there are stepparents, the Committee will consider all partners’ assets and liabilities as we review the student’s financial situation.
  • All parents who own a business/farm will be required to submit a copy of their current business tax return including cash flow statements, balance sheets, and any other information relevant to the business.
  • All tax documents must be signed. Parents should submit a complete tax return.
  • All parents must sign a release to allow Tampa Prep to obtain a copy of their tax return from the IRS (Form 4506-T).
  • Tampa Prep will not consider ordinary business or rental depreciation or loss in calculating financial need.
  • In the interest of equity, if one parent elects to stay at home and not seek employment, the Committee will impute a basic income of $20,000 for the non-working parent. An exception is made if the parent is at home caring for a preschool age child or an elderly parent.
  • If a parent elects to return to school or to change jobs resulting in a decrease in a family’s financial resources, Tampa Prep cannot underwrite this family’s choice with greater financial assistance.
  • If multiple children attend tuition-charging schools or colleges, it is expected that the family will be applying for Financial Aid at all schools. Tampa Prep should not be expected to implicitly subsidize tuition at other schools or colleges.
  • International students are not eligible for Financial Aid due to the difficulty in determining financial need in a different currency and tax structure.
  • Families must submit all forms including PFS and tax returns by the specified deadlines or the request for Financial Aid cannot be processed.
  • Tampa Prep reserves the right to request additional information or withdraw financial assistance from families at anytime should discrepancies be discovered in the information provided.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

STEPS FOR APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

  • Beginning October 2 go to https://sss.secure.force.com/familyportal. Create your PFS online account with your email address and a password. Complete your PFS for the 2020-21 Academic Year. The SSS code for Tampa Preparatory school is (#7612). Submit and pay for the PFS ($51) by February 1, 2020.
  • Mail photocopy of your most recently filed (2018) federal tax form 1040 with all attached schedules, W-2’s and signed Form 4506-T to Tampa Preparatory School, Office of Financial Aid at 727 W. Cass Street Tampa, FL 33606, by February 1, 2020.
  • Mail photocopy of last year’s (2019) W-2’s and federal tax forms to Tampa Preparatory School along with all supporting schedules to be received by March 15, 2020.

CALENDAR DEADLINES FOR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR FINANCIAL AID

A Financial Aid packet will be mailed to those families who have indicated an interest in financial aid once the Admissions Office receives a completed admissions application and the $75 application fee. Please follow the instructions below to apply for financial aid online once the above requirements have been fulfilled.

February 1
Deadline for completed student admissions file to Tampa Prep (application and $75 application fee, students essays, shadowing day and interview, school and teacher recommendation forms, transcript, SSAT/ISEE test scores and the Character Skills Snapshot). Please refer to the steps for applying for admission.

February 1
Deadline for completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). Go to https://sss.secure.force.com/familyportal and apply online. A photocopy of your most recently filed federal tax forms along with all supporting schedules and W-2s are due to Tampa Prep. A signed, but not dated, copy of Form 4506-T is due to Tampa Prep.

March 1
Decisions on Financial Aid awards mailed from Tampa Prep (along with admissions notification letters) to those applicants meeting the above deadlines.

March 15
Photocopy of your 2019 federal tax forms along with all supporting schedules and W-2s are due to Tampa Prep.

LATE APPLICATIONS / MISSED DEADLINES

Financial Aid applicants who do not adhere to the deadlines above may still qualify for assistance, but will be put on a waiting list for financial assistance. Should any funds remain or become available after the first round of decisions are made, students on the waiting list will be notified. Families who do not qualify for assistance based on the SSS report and federal tax forms will receive a letter informing them that they do not qualify for financial assistance.

Families applying for admission and Financial Aid after the deadline dates risk not receiving aid for the upcoming school year. While Tampa Preparatory School has a generous Financial Aid budget, there are simply never enough funds to support all families seeking assistance.

If you have any questions call Tammy Honegger, Director of Financial Aid at 813-251-8481.