Tuition and Fees
|Basic Tuition 2018-19|
|Preschool and prekindergarten - 5 half days||$14,790|
|Preschool through kindergarten - 5 full days||$17,850|
|Grades one through five||$18,180|
|Grades six through eight||$20,108|
Each year, the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee discuss and propose a tuition increase for the following year that is as low as possible but will also ensure the ongoing excellence of our academic program and the teaching that supports it. Many years we are able to keep the percentage increase considerably lower than other independent schools in the area. However, as Portland grows and the cost of living rises, keeping our teachers’ salaries in pace with the average rise in personal income and with the salaries at other independent schools is critical to the quality of our program. We invite all families to contact our Business Office about financial aid and payment options.
All checks should be made out to the French American International School.
Credit Card Payments
Payment in Full to FAIS
FAIS accepts credit card payments for tuition payment in full only. There is a 3 percent credit card processing fee assessed on the total amount due. FAIS accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
FACTS Payment Plans
FACTS is a tuition management company that administers a direct debit system for FAIS tuition payment plans. FACTS charges a yearly administrative fee of $10 for semi-annual payment plans and $45 for quarterly and monthly payment plans. If you choose to pay by credit card via FACTS, please be aware that there is an additional 2.85 percent processing fee. Tuition payments in full may also be made via FACTS; there are no administrative fees for this option. FACTS accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards.
|Full payment (per family)||$2,450|
|Deferred plan of three annual payments of $850 (per family)||$2,550|
*This is a one-time mandatory fee for all new families.
|Extracurricular Fees (optional)|
|Early Arrival (before-school care)||Free|
|Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks (ACE Week and Arts Week)||$75/day preregistration or $95/day drop-in*|
|FASCA (after-school care)||$10.75/hour (yearly and semester plans also available)|
|FAIS Plus (special activities during In Service days)||$75/day preregistration or $95/day drop-in|
|Tutoring, sold in 4-hour increments||$50/hour|
*Additional fees may apply.
Tuition Refund Plan
FAIS is pleased to offer an optional tuition refund plan through insurance company A.W.G. Dewar. It will not only provide an allowance of tuition and fees in the event of withdrawal of a student for medical causes but also in the event of withdrawal for other reasons or dismissal by the School. Annual tuition charges, both prepaid and outstanding, are insured. For more information, please download the Tuition Refund Plan brochure or contact Director of Finance Paul Mallon at (503) 292-7776 x311 by August 1 of the upcoming school year.