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Affording Providence

Tuition and Fees

Providence charges a tuition based on grade level that covers most, but not all, of the cost to educate a student. Our tuition rates are carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully set by our Board of Directors every December. We are committed to providing the highest-quality education possible, giving families value for the dollars spent. As an independent school, we rely on tuition dollars supplemented by the generosity of our extended community of parents, grandparents, faculty, board members, alumni, and supporters of Christian education to cover the cost of education.

Parents of Providence students will tell you it is worth every penny and every sacrifice made to provide their children with the gift of Christian education.

We work hard to make attending Providence accessible for the families who desire this type of education for their children. Providence provides generous tuition assistance to families that qualify on the basis of need. Currently, more than 60 percent of Providence students receive tuition assistance and we award $1.5 million in aid each year.

For the 2021–2022 School Year

  • Preschool
    Regular schedule
    (8:30 am-1:00 pm)
    $10,800 $8,640 $6,480 $4,320
    Extended Day
    (1:00 pm-2:45 pm)
    $4,100 $3,280 $2,460 $1,640
    Full Day
    (1:00 pm-4:00 pm) - offered if enrollment is sufficient
    $5,925  $4,740 $3,555 $2,370
    Student Materials Fee  $145 $145 $145 $145


  • Kindergarten - 6th Grade
    Tuition  $14,990
    Student Fee* $575
    Additional Fees Extended-day program (option)

    * Fees cover a portion of the cost of hardback textbooks, the full cost of disposable workbooks, technology expenses, other classroom materials essential to the education of the student, supplies related to specialist classesoperational costs related to facility wear and tear, and special lunches and celebrations.

  • Middle School (7-8)
    Tuition  $20,565
    Student Fee* $700

    * Fees include classroom and program supplies, P.E. uniforms, local field trips, middle school retreats; 8th grade historic tour (Washington, D.C.), yearbooks, and special lunches and celebrations.

  • High School (9-12)
    Tuition  $21,865
    Student Fee* $900
    Additional Fees AP exams (est. $85-$100 each)

    * Fees include classroom and program supplies, P.E. uniforms, local field trips, retreats (including year-end Senior Class trip), yearbooks, and special lunches and celebrations.

  • International Student
    Tuition  $21,865
    Student Fee* $8,000
    Additional Fees AP exams (est. $85-$100 each)

    *International student fee includes all benefits of the student fee plus covers additional support and assistance for a successful student experience.

Enrollment Deposits

A deposit is required to reserve a student’s place in a class. All deposits are non-refundable and are applied directly to tuition.

Returning students:  The preschool deposit is $250 and the K–12 deposit is $500. Deposits are due February 21.

New students: The preschool deposit is $250 and the K–12 deposit is $500. Deposits are due March 22.

Continuous Enrollment (K–12)

Providence uses an enrollment management practice called continuous enrollment. Simply stated, when a K–12 student is admitted, they are enrolled until they graduate. Should a family choose to withdraw, written notification is required by February 20.

Tuition Assistance Requests

If you would like to request a need-based award, please see the tuition assistance page for information on how to apply. Applications are due December 20 for returning families and February 15 for priority-decision new families. Requests made after those dates will be considered only if funds remain in the tuition assistance budget. All tuition assistance requests are kept strictly confidential and do not affect admission decisions.

Payment Options

Providence offers annual, semi-annual, and 11-month payment options. Click here to see the details of the current payment plans.

Payment by electronic funds transfer through the FACTS account is the preferred method of transaction.
Providence accepts payment by check (made out to Providence School) and delivered to the Providence Business Office at 3225 Calle Pinon, Santa Barbara, CA  93105.
For an additional 3.45% processing fee, Providence also accepts payment by credit card.

Please contact the Business Office (805-962-3091 or email) for the outstanding balance amount or with any questions.

Tuition Continuity Plan

In order to insure both the family and the school against the outstanding balance of unpaid K–12 tuition should a family withdraw from Providence between June 1 and the date on which their tuition is paid in full, all families electing to use a semi-annual or 11-month payment plan will be assessed a Tuition Continuity Plan fee. For 2021–2022 the fee is $345 per student. The Tuition Continuity Plan fee is due with the student fee on May 5.

The Investment in a Providence Education

We have had to make sacrifices to get our children to Providence, but we are fully convinced that this investment in their learning, character, and faith, will last them forever.

– Parents of two high school students