All the information you need to help plan your budget

At MSD, we strive to make tuition levels as accessible and affordable as possible to sustain our commitment to socio-economic diversity in our community.

We offer several payment plan options, including monthly, semi-annual, and annual. Caregivers are obligated for the full year’s tuition regardless of the type of payment schedule selected. Tuition insurance is also available. A non-refundable deposit is required, upon acceptance, to hold the student’s space at MSD.

Click here to download Tuition & Billing 2023-2024 information.

MSD’s Business Office Team: Delores Lawrence and Christine Foley

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MSD Tuition Process

MSD’s Business Office is here to help! If you have questions along the way, please reach out to Delores Lawrence, MSD’s Staff Accountant, at (303) 756-9441 ext. 1003.

Enrollment to MSD

MSD uses SchoolAdmin’s Enrollment Management Platform to process all enrollment contracts and to collect tuition and fees for the school. At enrollment time, an email will be sent to caregivers to complete the electronic contract.

MSD Contracts

Caregivers will be sent electronic contracts, and they will have the option to be invoiced or have their payments automatically deducted (ACH) from their checking or savings account. Due to Colorado law, SchoolAdmin does not offer credit card payments. If you have trouble with your account, please reach out to the business office or see the Parent Portal Help Center on the SchoolAdmin website.

Tuition Insurance

Tuition Insurance is available at an additional charge of 2.1% of the cost of tuition. Families choosing the monthly payment plan are required by the insurance provider to purchase the Tuition Refund Insurance. Tuition insurance is optional for families who choose a one or two payment plan. Click here to view the Tuition Refund Brochure.

Tuition Adjustment Program (Financial Aid)

We work to make MSD accessible to every child who wants to be a part of our community. See more about our Tuition Adjustment Program (Financial Aid) below.


Tuition Adjustment (Financial Aid) Program

MSD is a not-for-profit institution, and tuition and fees for each academic year are set by our governing Board of Trustees.

Families of students applying to Kindergarten through Middle School programs can apply for Tuition Adjustments (Financial Aid). Toddler and Primary families are not eligible. Tuition Adjustments are made on the basis of need, according to FAST guidelines (Financial Aid for Student Tuition), ISM (Independent School Management), and availability of MSD’s Board of Trustee designated funds.

The Tuition Adjustment Request Form is available in November, and the deadline is in early January to be considered for the initial round of MSD Tuition Adjustment notifications.

1. Begin Admission Process

If you are a Kindergarten through Middle School applicant and new to MSD, start with inquiring. Submit an Inquiry here, and we’ll be in touch.

2: Review Tuition Adjustment Info

View our Tuition Adjustment (Financial Aid) brochure here, containing information on deadlines, contracts, and next steps.

3: Complete the Tuition Adjustment Request Form

The Tuition Adjustment Request Form is available here, and is due by January 20, 2023, to be considered for the first round of Tuition Adjustments (Financial Aid). Please return it to MSD’s Business Office. You can also mail, scan, or email it to us. We will continue to accept Tuition Adjustment requests for rolling admissions when space is available.

4: Begin the Online Application Process through FAST

New families must complete the FAST process here by February 15, 2023, to be considered for the first round of admissions. Applications will continue to be accepted for rolling admissions.

The Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program is a need-based financial analysis service that includes an income verification process. All information from FAST remains confidential and is reviewed by select administrators.

You must apply for a Tuition Adjustment each year, using the online FAST application. After applying, you will upload tax documents to FAST for income verification purposes. If you have any questions about the application process, please call the FAST Call Center at 1-877-326-FAST(3278), open 24/7.


Tuition FAQs

Frequently asked questions about our tuition and tuition adjustment (financial aid) program

How does the online application process work?

The FAST application is self-guided and online, with support available 24/7 at 1-877-326-3278. You can partially complete an application and go back to it another time if you don’t want to complete the application in one sitting.

Please enter your name on the FAST application exactly as it appears on your tax return. Do not upload your tax return until you have paid for the FAST application fee. After you complete your application, you will upload your tax return to FAST.

Who can apply for tuition adjustments (financial aid)?

Families of students applying to Kindergarten through Middle School programs can apply for Tuition Adjustments. Toddler and Primary families are currently not eligible for a Tuition Adjustment.

How is financial aid determined?

All Tuition Adjustments are made on the basis of demonstrated need according to the guidelines of Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST), by Independent School Management (ISM), and the availability of funds. See our Tuition Adjustments Brochure for more information, including steps to apply, deadlines, and FAQ.

Who can I contact for help?

If you have questions along the way, please reach out to MSD’s Business Office at (303) 756-9441 or email us.

Why does MSD fundraise for tuition adjustment?

As with all independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating a student and operating our school. The gap between what you pay for tuition and what it actually costs to run MSD is about $1,500 per student. To make up the difference, we count on all members of the MSD community – parents, Trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents, alums, parents of alums, and friends of MSD – to help our school be the best it can be.

Raising the cost of tuition to cover the gap would result in MSD becoming less accessible to a large number of our current and prospective families. By keeping tuition costs as low as possible, we’re able to offer an MSD education to a much broader range of socioeconomically diverse families. The Annual Fund allows every family to pitch in at whatever level they’re able to.

Every single gift of time, talent, and trust makes an impact, regardless of its size. These collective gifts make a difference to every single gift, inspire more giving, and count toward our participation rate, making MSD eligible for grants. MSD supports a culture of philanthropy and diversity. If you’d like to give to MSD, here is our donation form where you can specify funds. Thank you!