Tuition & Affordability

Invest today in your child’s tomorrow.  Find out how our Financial Assistance and Scholarships make TJ affordable. More than 55% of TJ families receive Financial Assistance and/or Scholarships.

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Invest in Your Child’s Future

By investing in Thomas Jefferson’s classical, liberal arts, college preparatory education, you give your child the absolute best chance to achieve his or her hopes and dreams.

From payment plans to financial aid and scholarships, there are many ways to make a TJ education affordable. More than 55 percent of TJ families receive some level of financial assistance and/or scholarships.  Contact our Admissions Office today to discuss your options.

TJ is a place where students flourish academically and socially. Our goal is to develop well-rounded adults who are happy, healthy, and contribute positively to society.

On a practical level, a TJ education is a smart investment. The tuition you pay now is a gift that no one can ever take away. Over the past five years, TJ’s graduating seniors have been offered more than $21 million in merit-based scholarships.

To ensure TJ is affordable for all families, we offer need-based financial assistance and scholarships. In fact, more than half of all of our families receive some type of assistance. You may apply for financial assistance and scholarships when you apply for admission.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year varies by grade level, ranging from $15,050 for full-day Pre-K to $16,350 for Upper School. Additional fees for books and materials range from $150 to $300.

Financial Aid

The amount of financial assistance available to your child is based on your family’s financial need and your child’s academic performance. No awards are available based on athletic, artistic, or leadership aptitude alone.

See the tabs below to learn more about financial aid and scholarships at TJ. You may also contact us to discuss the options available to your family.

Financial Aid

The School determines financial assistance awards on a case-by-case basis. All financial information and decisions are kept strictly confidential. You can expect to receive a response to your completed financial assistance application within two to four weeks.

Award decisions are determined on a basis similar to college financial aid. We also take into account all relevant circumstances, including academic achievement. Though financial assistance is available, all Thomas Jefferson families are required to pay some portion of tuition, fees, and expenses. Families receiving assistance reapply annually.

Applying for Financial Assistance

You may apply for financial assistance when you apply for enrollment by following these steps:

  1. Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it with copies of your most recent W2 and 1040 forms. Review the PFS instructions for more in-depth information.
  2. Call us at (417) 781-5124 if you have questions or need help.
  3. Submit the PFS and all documentation with your enrollment application.

New Student Scholarships

Scholarships for new students are based on financial need and academic performance. They are awarded separately from financial assistance. Since the number of scholarships is limited, they are awarded to top applicants. TJ offers the following scholarships to new students:

    • Humphreys Scholarship
      These merit-based scholarships cover up to 50 percent of tuition. They are awarded to families of new students in grades 1-12 who exhibit academic merit and have a demonstrated financial need.

    • E.L. Craig Scholarship
      These merit-based scholarships cover up to 100 percent of tuition. They are awarded to families of new students in grades 7-12 who exhibit academic merit and have a demonstrated financial need.

    • Missouri Walnut Scholarships
      Thanks to the generosity of Missouri Walnut, LLC, TJ offers five renewable scholarships for new students entering grades 1-12. These half-tuition scholarships are reserved for students who:

  • Identify with the mission of the school
  • Strive for excellence in the classroom and extracurricular activities
  • Display strong character outlined by TJ’s Honor Code

 

Applying for New Student Scholarships

The following items are required when applying for scholarships. Many of these forms are also required for the general admission process:

  1. Excellent teacher and/or administrator references from your child’s current school.
  2. School transcripts or report cards reflecting strong academic performance.
  3. Qualifying scores on TJ’s admissions assessment.
  4. A well-written admissions essay (completed at TJ for students in grades 5-12).
  5. A completed Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and supporting documents.
  6. A letter from parents to the TJ Board Finance Committee outlining the desire to apply for scholarship.

Scholarships for current students are based on financial need and academic performance. They are awarded separately from financial assistance. Since the number of scholarships is limited, they are awarded to top applicants. TJ offers the following scholarships to current students:

The Mel Hancock Freedom Award
The Freedom Award scholarship is awarded to a rising senior, and is named for The Honorable Mel Hancock (Sept. 14, 1929 – Nov. 6, 2011), and his generous endowment which has provided scholarships for TJ students for years. Mr. Hancock, who represented Southwest Missouri as a member of Congress from 1989 to 1997, is better known to most Missourians as the author of the “Hancock Amendment” to our state Constitution. This amendment aligned growth of state tax collection with income growth of the people and has put tax money back in the pockets of millions of Missourians since voters approved it in 1980. Following his years of public service, Mr. Hancock endowed TJ with the scholarship awards that provide significant financial support for parents with children at TJ, and for students who plan to attend a private college or university. The essays for these awards are judged by a committee composed of a Board member, two faculty members, and a member of the community.

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“The TJ program was transformational for my children. I can’t think of a better way to spend my money.”

Alumni Parent

55%

TJ students receive need-based financial assistance and/or scholarships

100%

TJ seniors are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities upon graduation

More than $21 million

Merit-based scholarships offered to graduating seniors over the past 5 years

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