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Class of 2023 celebrates their college choices.Tuition & Financial Aid

A University High School education is one of the best gifts you can give your child. From exemplary teachers who invest in their classes and push their students to succeed to the freedom our students have to explore their passions and join any sport or club they want, the University experience represents an investment in a student’s future.

University High School is committed to making its premier educational program accessible to all students. We recognize that a University education is a sacrifice made by every family, regardless of tuition level, and we strive to keep tuition as low as possible while continuing to provide a high-quality, innovative, student-centered experience. The generosity of University donors subsidizes the cost of attendance for all students, and 64% of students in 2023-24 receive some form of need-based or merit aid.

Some people think they cannot afford an independent school education. Please don’t let that prevent you from checking us out. University High School will work with you to meet the costs associated with a University education to the extent that we are able.

Financial Aid

University High School offers need-based financial aid as well as merit scholarships for students. 64% of our students receive some form of financial aid or merit scholarship. Families must apply to be considered for financial aid, and financial aid is awarded based, in part, on the family’s income.


University High School awards need-based financial aid to families of many different income levels, and there are many considerations that go into determining a family’s need. To aid in this work, University High School uses the application, Clarity, to process financial aid applications for our families.

The deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2024-25 school year has now passed. 

If you have questions about Clarity or are interested in discussing the financial aid application process, please contact Taylor Newell, Director of Admission, at 317-733-4475, ext. 121 or tnewell@universityhighschool.org.

Merit Scholarships

University High School’s merit scholarships are awarded based on a student’s academic history and extracurricular involvement (in and/or out of school). A student’s application for admission to University High School contains all the information needed to determine merit scholarship eligibility, so there is no separate application families must complete to apply for merit awards.

There are four primary merit scholarships available at University High School:

Leadership Scholarship
The Leadership Scholarship is a merit award given to applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, often through a program such as the Center for Leadership Development.

Founders Scholarship
The Founders Scholarship is a merit award given to applicants who are high-achieving students in the classroom. Recipients also demonstrate involvement in their school community. 

Core Values Scholarship
The Core Values Scholarship is a merit award given to applicants who are high-achieving students in the classroom and who demonstrate in their daily lives the core values of University High School: diversity, commitment to excellence, personal responsibility, stewardship, creativity, and mutual respect, support, and trust.

Freshman Recognition Award
The Freshman Recognition Award is a one-time merit award given to incoming freshmen who have exhibited exemplary academic success in their middle school program and who have demonstrated a passion for the arts, athletics, or community service.


Tuition for the 2024-25 academic year is $25,990

In addition to tuition, students are required to rent or purchase textbooks and a laptop. Please see the back-to-school resource center for additional information about our laptop program and requirements. Students who participate in athletics incur a participation fee. Some January Term classes have additional costs, and there will be a cost if the student elects to participate in the optional lunch program.

International students are charged an annual International Student Fee in addition to tuition. The International Student Fee for the 2024-25 school year is $7,000 per student.

Payment Options

In addition to cash or check payments made directly to University High School, parents may also pay tuition through their Veracross portal accounts. Veracross accepts payments of ACH as well as MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club credit cards.

Tuition may be paid in a single installment (due in July), in two installments (due in July and December), or in ten installments (due monthly beginning in July and ending in April).