Tuition & Financial Aid

The value of an MVS education is priceless. The returns are lifelong. Our challenging academics and Immersion Method philosophy are unparalleled to any other educational opportunity in the Dayton area. At MVS, we stand for personal excellence, experiential learning, intellectual curiosity, leadership development, individuality, and community. We do more than prepare students to score well on a standardized test someday. We empower them to live life to the fullest every day, to discover their passions and purpose, and then to responsibly pursue them with emotional and intellectual rigor. At MVS, we prepare students for college and beyond.

As an independent school, MVS relies on tuition dollars for teacher salaries and other operating expenses. Tuition for the 2018-19 school year ranges from $8,140 for the early childhood school half day program (3 1/2 hours daily) to $21,868 in the upper school. Monthly payments range from about $550 to $2200 depending on financial assistance.

To help make MVS affordable for mission-appropriate students and their families, financial assistance is offered. Over $2.2 million is allocated to about half of our students each year.

Need-based aid is the most common form of assistance - find more details on this web page. A small number of merit scholarships are available for promising middle and upper school admission applicants who stand out above the rest of the applicant pool.

Several payment plans are available to assist families in managing their tuition obligation. Details can be found on this web page.

529 plan assets may be used to pay MVS K-12 tuition up to a certain amount per student per year. Please consult your tax advisor for details.

Additional costs may apply to students attending MVS. In the lower school, there may be Immersion and overnight trip fees and nominal fees for team sports. In the middle school, there may be an additional cost for books, Camp Joy trip, Immersion, and nominal fees for team sports. In the upper school, books, Immersion, and athletic teams require an additional fee. Students may order lunch at an additional cost, and the after school program is an extra charge for students through middle school. Students in middle and upper schools bring a laptop from home every day.

Tuition Payment Plans

One-time Discounted Payment

For returning students who do not receive financial assistance, net tuition may be paid in full by April 1 with a 2 percent discount. The enrollment deposit is not discounted.

One-time Payment

Tuition may be paid in full by June 30 with no additional charges or fees.

Payment in Two Installments

Under this option, 60 percent of the net tuition is due by June 30, and the remaining 40 percent is due by January 2. This option requires the Tuition Refund Plan at a cost of 1.7 percent of net tuition.

Monthly Payment

This option allows tuition payment over a 10-month period (July through April). A fee of 1.5 percent of the unpaid balance applies and the Tuition Refund Plan is required at a cost of 1.7 percent of net tuition.

Need-Based Financial Assistance

At MVS, we accept mission-appropriate students regardless of a family’s financial capabilities. We seek young people of promise who have the potential to develop into self-sustaining learners in a diverse community of compassionate global citizens. For the families of those students to all be able to consider an MVS education, we offer financial aid for families with demonstrated need.

As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, MVS uses School and Student Services (SSS) to assess financial need. Based on the financial information parents provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that a family can contribute to educational expenses. That estimated family contribution enables MVS to make fair and balanced financial aid decisions. The SSS Family Guide to Financial Aid provides a description of the process and helpful guidance for families in managing the costs of an independent school education.

A few notes to keep in mind:
  • MVS may not consider requests for financial assistance after enrollment decisions are made.
  • The financial aid application must be completed prior to each year of attendance for a student to be eligible for need-based assistance that year.
  • Need-based financial assistance is not available for the early childhood school.

Application for Need-Based Aid

Step 1) Parent Financial Statement

Complete the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The application includes a processing fee charged by SSS. In a divorced or separated family, a separate PFS must be submitted for each household. In your PFS, indicate The Miami Valley School as a recipient of the report. Our school code is 5062.

  • Applications for financial aid may be begun as early as October 2, 2018. Families may find it easiest to submit applications in January once they have complete calendar year data for 2018.
  • Applications for returning families are due February 4, 2019.
  • Applications for prospective families are due February 19, 2019, or by the time the admission file is complete if that's later than February.

Step 2) Required Documents

W-2/1099 - By February 4, 2019 for returning families and by February 19, 2019 (or the date the admission file is complete, whichever is later) for prospective families, copies of the Wage and Tax Statements (W-2) and/or Miscellaneous Income Statements (1099) for 2018 for each parent or guardian MUST be received by SSS. Please upload the documents through your account on the SSS website (do not send them to MVS).

1040 - By April 15, 2019 for returning families and by April 15, 2019 (or the date the admission file is complete if later) for prospective families, signed copies of the 2018 Federal Tax Return (1040), including all supporting schedules and forms, MUST be received by SSS. Your financial aid package is tentative until your 2018 Federal Tax Return is received by SSS.

Find instructions for submitting your documents here -