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Our Cottonwood community is focused on trust, access, and responsibility. As a nonprofit, we are primarily supported through the tuition paid by our families. Educational equity, which is built upon both inclusion and fairness, is a concept close to our hearts.  At Cottonwood, we believe the personal circumstances of an individual should not interfere with access to an excellent education and everyone should be given the opportunity to select a school which provides the best fit.  To help support education equity at Cottonwood, we’ve created a tuition model which supports the school and reduces barriers.  

We strive to be available to people based on right fit, not income level, so we offer tuition fees on a sliding scale. By trusting families to be generous and reasonable we increase our accessibility and the diversity of our school.

As we grow, we try to balance accessibility with sustainability. We are always looking at our tuition process to make sure we’re being responsible to our current families and to the future health of the school.

Recommended tuition:

Determining Tuition

Here’s how we determine the tuition each family pays:

  1. Slide the total family income* marker (above) around to see what our recommended tuition level is for various income levels. Currently, the minimum tuition recommendation is $1,500 and the maximum is $12,000. We ask families who are able to pay more than the full tuition to consider making a tax deductible donation to help us increase our accessibility. *total family income is all gross income sources including but not limited to: salary, child support, support from family members, trusts, etc.
  2. Consider the recommendation you get from the tuition tool and see if that can work for your family.
    • Can you pay more? If so, consider offering more than the recommendation, or making a tax deductible donation.
    • Can you afford it?
      • Using the recommendation from the sliding scale above, propose a tuition rate that is realistic for you to be able to pay by clicking here to fill out our Tuition Worksheet.
      • Our Finance Team reviews proposals to determine if the school has openings available at that level of payment.
      • If your proposal is accepted, you’re all set to enroll.
      • If your proposal was NOT accepted, you can make another proposal to qualify for openings at a higher payment level.