Tuition and Financial Aid

2024-25 Academic Year Full Tuition: $12,900.00

FLEX TUITION

The IDEA School strongly values being an inclusive community accessible to all families. We will never turn away a family for lack of funds. In order to ensure equity, 100% accessibility and inclusion, and greater transparency about the cost to run the school, we utilize “Flexible Tuition”.

How much does it cost?

Your estimated monthly tuition per student:

Our bottom line stays the same: For every family, we make it work financially. We are committed to 100% accessibility. That’s why we partner with families and School Tuition Organizations to raise as much of the tuition as possible through STO Scholarships, with the remaining family obligation being on a sliding scale based on income. No family whose household income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level pays out of pocket tuition, so long as they apply to the STOs for scholarship aid. We raise the balance of the funds needed to run the IDEA School through direct charitable donationsindividual tax credit donations recommended to the IDEA School, and corporate low-income tax credit donations. The entire community makes the IDEA School possible.

Families of students with special needs: Tuition may be moderately higher than the posted Full Tuition if your student requires additional supports to be successful in a fully integrated classroom. You will work with our director, Jaime Johnson, to arrive at the appropriate tuition amount that ensures the school can meet your student’s individual needs in a fully inclusive classroom setting.

Families who do not qualify for Corporate Low Income Scholarships through STOs: We request that you apply for the AZ Dept of Education’s Universal ESA program, for which all AZ students are eligible. On top of your ESA scholarship amount, your out of pocket tuition obligation is charged on a sliding scale based on household income.

WE WORK WITH ALL FAMILIES TO MAKE TUITION AS FLEXIBLE AS POSSIBLE

Special Circumstances: Any family may “move up” 1-4 tiers in Flexible Tuition due to special financial circumstances, depending on the type and severity of the circumstances.

*TUITION FOR 2024-2025 ACADEMIC YEAR:  $12,900 – Please note to obtain a more accurate representation of your tuition costs for the school year use the calculator above.

Financial Aid Application

 To qualify for financial aid/flex tuition, please fill out our financial aid application. You can find that here.

Please also submit the first 2 pages of your tax return or your two most recent pay stubs in person or to jayme@explorebuildlearn.org

As always, we are committed to working with every family.

 

Tax Credits to Lower Your Tuition

Tax Credit Donations from individual AZ taxpayers allow you to “raise” your Flex Tuition (out-of-pocket) obligation.  Friends and extended family, neighbors and colleagues — any Arizona taxpayer — may help support your child’s education with an Individual Tax Credit Donation recommended specifically to your child, through IBE (“Recommended Funds”).  Recommended Funds for your child brought in through IBE come right off your Flex Tuition bottom line! 

The taxpayer may contribute under both the “original individual” tax credit and the “plus” tax credit.

  • ALL students are eligible for scholarships from the “original individual” tax credit.
  • Some students are additionally eligible for scholarships from the “plus” tax credit.  Students are eligible for this additional “plus” support if they meet one of the following conditions: (1) they are enrolled in Kindergarten when they first apply; (2) they were enrolled for at least one semester (90 days) of the prior or current school year in an Arizona public school (district or charter) before transferring to the private school; (3) they have a parent/guardian who is active duty military stationed in Arizona; (4) they have received “plus”/ “overflow” aid  from a school tuition organization in a prior school year and have continued to attend a qualifying private school; or (5)  they have received a “Corporate Low-Income Scholarship” from an STO in a prior school year and have continued to attend a qualifying private school.
  • In the cases of public school transfer or previous STO award, written verification of public school attendance or prior STO award is required.  See the PSAV Form (Public School Attendance Verification) or Previous STO Award Form available from IBE on their website. 

For friends/family who want to help you —
Donation limits:

For the 2023 tax year individual filers may donate up to $1,307 and get it back as a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their 2023 tax return.  Married couples filing jointly may donate up to $2,609.  These figures include both the “original individual” tax credit donation and the “plus” tax credit donation.  Donors must max out their “Original Individual” tax credit donation before being able to donate for the “Plus” Tax Credit. For more info, see our Tax Credit page.

NOTE: Regardless of the tax year for which the donor claims the Tax Credit, the funds they donate through IBE that are recommended for your child (minus IBE’s 8% admin fee) will be available to help pay your tuition bills in current and future school years. In other words, any funds not used/needed for your current Flex Tuition obligation automatically stay at IBE in your child’s name for future school years — accessible for tuition at qualifying schools all the way through 12th grade.

Donating to a student and to IDEA School:

Arizona Tax Credit donors may recommend that part of their donation go to a particular student at IDEA School, and part go to the IDEA School itself to fund low-income scholarships for all students in need.

If your child is not eligible for a “Plus” funding (see above), please encourage your donors to recommend your child for their “Original” Tax Credit donation and the IDEA School for their “Plus” Tax Credit donation

 

STATE LAW: 

Per state law, a taxpayer may not support his/her/their own dependent with a tax credit donation. Additionally, a taxpayer may not “swap” tax credit donations with another taxpayer in order to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.

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Policy of Non-Discrimination

The IDEA School strongly values diversity and inclusion in our student body, staff, and Board of Directors and aims, through our composition, values and practices, to reflect the diversity of the Tucson community.

The IDEA School admits students of any race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national original, ethnic origin, socio-economic status, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status or physical ability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship/financial aid policies and programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.