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Tuition & Financial Aid


Lausanne’s tuition is designed to fund high level educational and program opportunities, hire and retain talented faculty and staff, and maintain a campus that will enhance the experience of all learners, ultimately preparing each individual for college and for life in a global environment. Our hope is to give as many students as possible the chance to experience Lausanne’s International Baccalaureate curriculum, global community, and collegiate campus, while maintaining the small class sizes that enhance each child’s experience and relationships with peers and faculty. When Lausanne’s tuition can provide so much, we hope it also will not hinder opportunities; therefore, each year we work closely with applicants and returning students to provide impactful financial assistance awards enabling them to attend Lausanne.

Lausanne offers a need-based financial assistance program for qualifying students in grades 1–12. Due to the limited number of spaces in Early Childhood (PK, JK, SK), we are unable to offer financial assistance until students enter first grade. Applying for financial assistance at Lausanne is a simple process. Assistance is based on the financial need established through a third party called Student & School Scholastic Services (SSS).

This is a CONFIDENTIAL PROGRAM and only the Financial Assistance Committee will review your personal financial records or know of any award granted. All financial assistance awards come directly from Lausanne’s operating budget. Lausanne does not receive any funds from the government or outside resources to support those families applying for financial assistance.

In this current economic climate, it is important for you to know that we have a large number of applicants to consider. With a limited amount of funds we will need to be very careful with distribution of monies available as we try to help as many students as possible benefit from a Lausanne education. Therefore, it is important that families complete and submit all required documents in a timely manner to be considered.

The deadline to be considered for first-round awards is December 31. We hope you will also go ahead and begin your enrollment application so we can help your family make an informed decision with our first-round acceptances. An award will not be extended until acceptance has been made.

2020-21 Admission Fees & Tuition Payments


Apply For Financial Assistance Here

Parent Guide To SSS

PFS Workbook

SSS Parent FAQ

How To Apply For Financial Assistance

1. Complete the admission application process. You must be extended an enrollment contract for the upcoming school year to be presented with a financial assistance award.

2. Complete and submit your parent financial statement (PFS) through our third party, School & Student Scholastic Services (SSS). You will need to pay the $51 application fee. This is non-refundable and collected through SSS. Please see the family guide to apply for SSS here.

3. Upload your most current year’s tax documents to your family portal. If this is your first year to apply, please upload the past two year’s taxes. This includes all financially responsible parties’ W2s and official tax returns. Please also include any other forms of taxes you receive. For example, if you are a business owner or self-employed, we will collect your 1099. Please note, you will be able to upload your new year's taxes to your family portal upon receipt.

Other Expenses

What is TRP?

The Tuition Refund Policy is a financial protection for each family’s tuition investments. It is required for all first-time students, all financial assistance recipients, and anyone choosing the 10-month payment plan. In the event of a student withdrawal, the TRP can allow for a 60% refund of the remaining tuition. It is highly encouraged for all families to have TRP.

What is included in the Activity Fees

For PK–4th Grade: ArtsFest/SportsFest T-shirt, assignment book, books, class T-shirt, class parties, classroom materials, daytime field trips and transportation, newsletters, recorder, snacks, standardized testing, transcript, yearbook, rest-mat and chair bag, as needed in each grade.

For 5th–12th Grades: ArtsFest/SportsFest T-shirt, fine art fees (Michelangelo, supplies, band shirt, music/chorus/acting/photo fees), language workbooks and online fees, novel fees, PLAN/PSAT testing fee, science lab fees, textbooks, transportation for local field trips, and yearbook.

What is not included in the Tuition and Fees?

Items Not Included in the Tuition and Fees for All Students: AfterCare, after-school enrichment programs, athletic uniforms/equipment/fees, school pictures, Conservatory, English as an Additional Language Program (EAL), individual class supplies, tutoring, and optional items.

For 5th–12th Grades: Calculators, English as an Additional Language fees/tutoring, International Baccalaureate (external) testing fees, laptops, out-of-town and class trips, senior graduation fees, software/accessories, and items not specified in “Items Included” above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lausanne will do it’s best to help you during this process. Listed below are a few points that might help you better understand the way funds are distributed. In addition, feel free to review the SSS PFS Parent FAQs here!

  • We do not offer scholarships.
  • We do not offer awards in the amount of full tuition.
  • We do not offer merit scholarships of any kind.
  • We only offer financial assistance based on need.
  • Financial assistance is awarded for tuition only. Families are responsible for all other fees (Lunch, activity, TRP, class trips, AfterCare, laptops, external exams, etc.).
  • The contribution amount a family lists on the FAST Application is very important. Please consider this amount carefully before submitting your application. The less assistance a family needs, the greater their opportunity for Lausanne to meet that need.
  • Families are not guaranteed the amount of award qualified for through FAST.
  • Lausanne does not offer awards over and above the FAST qualification.
  • There is a limited amount of financial assistance for each grade level. It is very possible that funds for one grade level may have depleted, while funds for another grade level are still available.
  • Families who apply for financial assistance but do not complete their file on time will not be considered in the first round of awards.
  • Families receiving assistance are prohibited from speaking of any award with other families. After awards are issued, if the FA committee learns that this information has been shared with others, the award becomes revoked and will be given to other families in need.
  • The first awards will go to families currently receiving financial assistance. Secondly, we will review files of current families requesting assistance for the first time and lastly, we will consider financial assistance requests of newly enrolled families.
  • Financial assistance is awarded on an annual basis. Families must reapply each academic year. Families who are awarded financial assistance will be granted aid the following year, unless their financial circumstances and/or FAST qualification changes.
  • Changes in financial circumstances may also cause an adjustment in the award allocation.
  • The committee reserves the right to ask for additional information as needed. All disclosures will be held in strictest confidence.
  • Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, nationality, or ethnic origin

Contract Obligations and Withdrawal Procedures

If an enrolled student should need to withdraw, the financial assistance award will still be applied to the remaining tuition owed, but the student will be obligated to the contractual withdrawal obligations and procedures.

Contract Agreement: If Lausanne receives from the parent/guardian written notice, delivered by hand or by certified mail/return receipt on or before March 1 indicating intention not to enroll the child at Lausanne for the next school year, then the parent/guardian shall be released from tuition and fee obligations applicable to the school year except for the nonrefundable deposit and matriculation fee. After March 1, the parent/guardian is obligated for full tuition and fees as specified in the Tuition Payment Schedule. No release from tuition or fee obligations will be allowed except for the withdrawal terms as set forth in this contract. Should a student withdraw, transcripts will not be released until full payment is received.

Past Due Payments: The parent/guardian understands and acknowledges that it is important to make payments in a timely manner and hereby agrees to make all payments on the payment dates shown on the Admission Fees & Tuition Payments document. Payments received after those dates are late, and the parent/guardian agrees to pay a finance charge equal to the lesser of 1.5% per month or the maximum rate allowed by applicable law. The parent/guardian agrees that if any payment is past due (i) official transcripts and grades will not be released; (ii) Student may not be permitted to take exams or receive a report card; (iii) Lausanne may not issue an enrollment contract for the following year and (iv) Student may be excluded from attendance and participation in activities until such time as all such accounts are current. If any payment due hereunder is not made when due, Lausanne may demand the entire balance due under this Contract, and upon demand the undersigned agrees to pay that amount. It is further agreed that any and all collection costs, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees and court costs, will be paid by the undersigned. The undersigned hereby authorizes Lausanne as the attorney in fact of the undersigned to file any claim and collect any payment to which the undersigned is entitled under the Tuition Refund Plan and credit the undersigned’s account.

Policy for Financial Obligation of Moving Families for the Next School Year: Should Lausanne receive from the parent or guardian written notice, delivered by hand or by certified mail/return receipt, notification of their intent to move more than 75 miles from Lausanne Collegiate School after the March 1, deadline date of withdrawal, the financial obligation of the parent shall be modified as follows following official notification of the move from a third party (letter from employer or other):

  • Notification received prior to June 1 – Deposit will not be returned but no further payments will be due.
  • Notification received June 1–30 – Deposit will not be returned and 70% of the full year’s tuition will be due.
  • Notification received July 1 or after will owe the full years tuition. Families who chose to take TRP (Tuition Refund Plan Insurance) will be able to file for financial help as long as the student(s) has been in attendance at Lausanne Collegiate School for a minimum of 10 full days of the contract school year.

Financial Aid Policy and Application Process

Divorced / Remarried / Separated Parents

It is the responsibility of the student’s parents and guardians to pay the school tuition. Lausanne & SSS will consider the assets of both natural parents, if living, before making any award and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses or that a court has ordered or failed to order payment by a spouse for a child’s education. We hope you will work together to submit the PFS if needed.

The PFS is intended to capture a picture of the resources available within a household. If parents are separated or divorced and both parents contribute financially to the applicant, a separate SSS application must be completed by each parent. Lausanne will also need copies of both parent’s W-2s and tax return documents. If the custodial parent has remarried, we will consider also the assets of the stepparent, bearing in mind the obligations of that stepparent to his or her own natural children. SSS states that paying private school tuition is the responsibility of the child’s parent/guardians, including stepparents. There needs to be an SSS application for each household.

For more information, please reference pages 9-10 on the SSS Parent Financial Aid FAQs.

TSSAA 9-12th Grade Athletes

According to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), Lausanne is not able to offer more financial assistance than the family qualified for through SSS. If a family is given more than they qualified for, then the student is not eligible to participate in varsity sports. This policy is subject to all families regardless of their grade level. In addition, if a family is 60 days past due on their billing, that student is not eligible to participate in varsity sports.

Our operating budget is 100% funded by our tuition, activity and lunch fees. If a student is accepted to Lausanne, families will be asked to sign and submit contracts and deposits with initial enrollment. The first enrollment contracts for new students are extended in mid-February and will be extended on a rolling admission basis until placement is no longer available. Financial assistance awards are extended at the same time enrollment contracts are extended. Re-enrollment for returning students takes place on an annual basis in January through an online process that includes submitting a new contract and deposit. Our admission team and business office are always happy to talk families through our tuition payment schedules and financial assistance opportunities.

The following is tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. 

PK: 5 Full Days

  • Tuition $14,890
  • Required Activity Fee $725
  • Lunch Fee Add $1,090 (Optional for PK)
  • Total $15,615
  • TRP $328

JK/SK: 5 Full Days

  • Tuition $17,060
  • Required Activity Fee $740
  • Required Lunch Fee $1,090
  • Total $18,890
  • TRP $375

Grades 1-4

  • Tuition $20,530
  • Required Activity Fee $815
  • Required Lunch Fee $1,110
  • Total $22,455
  • TRP $452

Grades 5-12

  • Tuition $23,360
  • Required Activity Fee $1,065
  • Required Lunch Fee $1,215
  • Total $25,640
  • TRP $514

Enrollment Deposits

To enroll, a deposit is due with a signed contract (per student). An Early-Bird deposit discount of $300 is applied to deposits received by the contract deadline at 4 p.m.

Friday, February 1: Returning/Current Students

Friday, March 1 (or contract deadline): New Students

  • $800=New Student with discount (includes $150 one-time, new-student matriculation fee)/$1,100=New Student without discount (includes $150 one-time, new-student matriculation fee)
  • $650=Returning Student with discount/$950=Returning student without discount

Tuition Payment Plan Options

If receiving financial assistance, payment plan installments will be adjusted to reflect financial assistance awards. Note: The tuition refund policy (TRP) is required of all financial assistance recipients. Lunch and activity fees are required. Financial assistance is only applied to tuition.

  • Single payment plan-Deposit is due with contract. Single payment for the year, including TRP, activity and lunch fees, is due by June 30 or with contract if submitted after that date.
  • 3-Installment Plan-Deposit due with contract. The first installment with TRP is due by June 30. Subsequent payments are due September 30 and November 30.
  • 10-Installment Plan-Deposit due with contract. A $170 installment service fee and TRP are divided between payments. The first installment is due June 30. Subsequent payments are due by the end of each month through March 31. Families are billed at the beginning of each month and may pay online, in person or by mail.