Tuition & Financial Aid

At FAIS, we’re fortunate that tuition covers the majority of the School’s operating needs, including special expenses of being a language immersion school (faculty visas, working permits, and “expatriate benefits”).

Yet, FAIS tuition is 20-55 percent lower than comparable independent schools in the area, in an effort to make the unique benefits of an international education as accessible as possible. Financial aid is also available for qualified families.

Are you considering preschool or prekindergarten? With half- and full-day options (and starting as young as 2½ years old), FAIS can often be equivalent to the cost of childcare or daycare.

Tuition and Fees

Basic Tuition 2019-20
Toute Petite Section (TPS), preschool (PS) and prekindergarten (PK) - 5 half days $15,160
Toute Petite Section (TPS) through kindergarten (K) - 5 full days $18,296
1st-5th grade $18,725
6th-8th grade $21,113
Capital Fee  
A one-time, mandatory fee for all new families $2,450
Extracurricular Fees (optional)  
Early Arrival (before-school care) Free
Arts and Cultural Enrichment Weeks (ACE Week and Arts Week) $80/day preregistration or $100/day drop-in*
Athletics $170/sport
FASCA (after-school care) $11/hour (yearly and semester plans also available)
FAIS Plus (special activities during In Service days) $80/day preregistration or $100/day drop-in
Tutoring, sold in 4-hour increments $50/hour
PM Classes $215/class/semester*
Summer Programs $325/week*

*Additional fees may apply.

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. 

Check Payment

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 onlyThere 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. 

FACTS website

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 Chief Financial Officer Lisa Johnson by August 1 of the upcoming school year.

The purpose of financial aid at FAIS is to support the School’s mission by promoting student body diversity.

Anyone may apply for financial aid at FAIS. Awards are based on relative need. Due to the large number of applications submitted and an effort to assist as many families as possible, FAIS grants tend to be relatively small. Those who are also eligible for the French Bourse are asked to complete that application process before applying for a FAIS-based grant. All applications are considered in the strictest confidence.

Types of Aid Available

  • FAIS-Based Financial Aid from School and Student Services: all FAIS families are welcome to apply
  • The French Bourse: Financial aid from the French government offered to French citizens
  • Immersion Student Scholarship: a dedicated $5,000 per year Immersion Student Scholarship for one student entering grade six who has attended other public or private language immersion schools in the local area

Non-Discrimination Policy

The French American International School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation in administration of its financial aid policy, or on the basis of any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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