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 2022-23 school year for the early childhood school ranges from $9,800 for the first year half day program (3 1/2 hours daily) to $13,400 for the full day program. K-12 tuition ranges from $18,900 to $24,900, with financial assistance available. Monthly payments for K-12 range from about $500 to $2400 depending on aid.

To help make MVS affordable for mission-appropriate students and their families, financial assistance is offered and $3 million is allocated to over half of our K-12 students each year. Need-based aid is the most common form of assistance – find more details below. Financial assistance may be more limited in the lowest grades.

Scholarships are available to middle and upper school applicants based on need and merit. To apply for a scholarship, applicants should submit a short essay by February 1 about the ways in which they expect to contribute to the MVS community. Essays should be sent to Anne Dettmer, director of enrollment and financial aid, at Recipients retain their scholarships for as long as they are students in good standing at MVS.

529 plan assets may be able to 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. These costs may include lunch, after school programs, athletics, books and supplies, overnight trips, and Immersions. Students in the middle and upper schools bring a laptop from home every day.

The MVS financial aid director will host Affording MVS information sessions for parents on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Thursday, January 20, 2022, and Thursday, April 7, 2022, all at 6:30pm.

Payment Plans

One-Time Discounted Payment

For 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.

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.

Like many members 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. MVS uses that estimated family contribution as a guide to making fair and balanced financial aid decisions.

A few notes to keep in mind:

  • – Be sure to complete both steps of the aid application process – online application form plus supporting documents. Applications will not be considered until both steps have been completed.
  • – MVS may not consider requests for financial assistance after enrollment decisions are made. New student aid applications should be completed shortly after the admission application process has been started (or by February for early applicants).
  • – The financial aid application must be completed in a timely manner prior to each year of attendance for a student to be eligible for need-based assistance that year. Returning families apply for aid each year by the first week of February. Applications for returning students completed after May 1 will not be considered.
  • – 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 the recipient of the report. Our school code is 5062.

  • Applications for financial aid may be begun as early as the fall before the applicable school year begins. Families may find it easiest to submit applications in January 2022 once they have complete calendar year data for 2021.
  • Applications for returning families are due by February 4, 2022.
  • Applications for prospective families are due by February 4, 2022, or by the time the admission file is complete if that’s later than February 4.
  • Late applications may not be considered. Very late applications, completed after May 1 for returning students, will not be considered.

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