2020-21 Tuition & Fees


Tuition assistance and incentives are available!

Application Fee                                             $65
(Due with Application)

Tuition                                                              $19,500
($1000 due with contract)
**$15,500 for students who enroll in 6th grade (annual $4,000 credit remains for grades 6-10)

Facility Maintenance Fee                           $275
(Due with contract)

Parent Association Fund                           $60
(Due with contract)

Annual Book, Technology,                        $500
Classroom Materials Fee
(Due with contract)

School Activities Fee                                  $500
(Due with contract)

IB Fee                                  $1,200
(For junior and seniors combined - $600/yr)


All fees are per student and paid annually.  The school activities fee includes all sport team fees; basic sports uniforms; academic trips and associated entry fees; PSAT and PLAN fees; transportation to most academic, sports, and speech and debate events; single-night hotel charges; and supervision for early drop-off and late pick-up of students.

There may be additional charges for special programs, field trips, multi-day trips, etc.

There are no fees for sports participation.

In order to reserve space for a new student, the $1,000 tuition down payment is to be paid to Desert Academy and returned with the completed Enrollment Contract.

Students enrolling during the first academic quarter are expected to pay full tuition.

Students enrolling during the second academic quarter will receive a 25% reduction in tuition.

Students enrolling during the third academic quarter will receive a 50% reduction in tuition.

We generally do not accept students for the fourth quarter.

Tuition Incentives

Students starting in 6th grade are automatically eligible for $4,000 reduction in tuition for 6th through 10th grades. This reduces base tuition to $15,500.

3% discount for prepayment of tuition if paid in full by March 15, 2020.

1.5% discount for prepayment of tuition if paid in full by May 15, 2020.

3% sibling discount will be applied to tuition for each additional sibling attending Desert Academy.

Discounts are applied to the balance of tuition after financial aid awards are applied.

Payment of Tuition

Families must enroll in FACTS tuition Management regardless of payment option.

Desert families have three payment options for tuition:

Prepayment: Pay the entire balance by March 15, 2020 and receive a 3% tuition discount.

Two Payments: Two equal payments of balance, paid on either July & November schedule, or September & January schedule.

10 Monthly Payments: The tuition and fee balance is divided into equal monthly payments and paid by the first of each month, August-May. (Please note, there is a $45 admin fee charged by FACTS for this plan).

A credit card fee will apply for those who choose to pay with a credit card.

Tuition Assistance

Desert Academy is committed to providing access to families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to send their children to school at full tuition. Our financial assistance program is guided by National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) principles. Families must reapply for financial assistance every year.

The School and Student Services (SSS) online financial aid application is available here (http://www.solutionsbysss.com/) Questions about the form should be directed to the SSS helpline: 866-387-2601.

Partial Year and Late Enrollment Tuition/Fees

Students enrolled during first academic quarted are expected to pay full tuition.
Students enrolled during second academic quarter will receive a 25% reduction in tuition.
Students enrolled during third academic quarter will receive a 50% reduction in tuition.
We generally do not accept students for the fourth quarter. Term dates are published in the Student Handbook.


Application Deadlines:

Jan 31: Returning families tuition assistance Early Apply deadline
Feb 7th: Returning families tuition assistance final deadline
Feb 7th: Early Apply tuition assistance awards issued for returning families
Feb 14th: Remaining tuition assistance awards issued for returning families
Feb 14th: New Families enrollment application deadline
Feb 14th: New Families tuition assistance application deadline
Feb 20th: Returning Families Re-enrollment confirmation due
Feb 21st: New Families tuition assistance awards issued
Feb 28th: All returning families Re-enrollment deposit due
Feb 28th: All New Families Acceptance letters and contracts issued
March 6: All New Families contracts and tuition deposits due

New student applications are accepted on a rolling basis as space allows. Please contact us: admissions@desertacademy.org

The Tuition Assistance Committee will make awards based on family need and available funds. Desert Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid policies, or in any other programs or policies.

Application procedures:

1.      Go to SSS and complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and submit it online. Be sure to include Desert Academy’s Code Number (2812) on the PFS in order to have the analysis sent to Desert Academy.

2.      Submit a copy of your 2018 federal income tax returns with all schedules (or the latest year with filing extension verification) and W-2s. These must be submitted electronically to SSS/NAIS through the PFS system.

Tuition assistance award letters will be mailed no later than March 8, 2020.  Once tuition assistance amounts have been awarded, recipients have two weeks upon receipt of the award letter to contact us in writing to accept or appeal the award. The signed enrollment contract, along with the deposit, must be returned to Desert Academy no later than March 29, 2020 in order to finalize the enrollment process and secure a seat in the class.

Financial Qualifications: Financial need is identified by the online SSS form, tax returns, and supporting documents. Family tuition payment history with Desert Academy will be considered for returning students. Families with delinquent or past-due accounts may not be eligible for assistance.



Our Location

7300 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM, 87505
United States
(505) 992-8284