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Affording CESJDS

Learn more about tuition & fees and our tuition assistance program.

Please visit the "FAST Application" tab for information about submitting your tuition assistance application.

Tuition Assistance at CESJDS

Through our close partnership with families, we commit to providing a predictable, dependable, and transparent financial aid process throughout your family's tenure at the school.

The vibrancy of our Jewish future can be assured only by recognizing the unique contribution of every Jewish family to that future. CESJDS recognizes the investment our families make in providing a Jewish day school education for their children.

Our robust tuition assistance program ensures accessibility to a CESJDS education for almost half of our families annually. Our Board of Directors, donors, and the entire community are committed to making a CESJDS education affordable for as many families as possible. The academic diversity of our student body is enhanced by the economic diversity preserved through this program. Every family and every student are equally important to the mission of our school.

We encourage you to explore the information provided here, and to reach out to Sherice Tomlin at 301-692-4884 or stomlin@cesjds.org with any questions you may have about our tuition assistance program.

Is the tuition assistance program right for me?

Families often ask, “Will I qualify for aid?”

Many are surprised at the depth of our program and the number of families we are able to assist. Please refer to the table below as a general guide.

CESJDS Tuition assitance estimate chart

See the FAQs tab for answers to more of your questions.

Domestic Students2018-2019 Tuition
Gurim Junior Kindergarten$21,660
Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 5)$27,070
Upper School (Grades 6-11)$34,720
Grade 12 (first semester)$17,750
International Students - Non-Boarding2018-2019 Tuition
Gurim Junior Kindergarten$21,660
Lower School (Kindergarten-Grade 2)$29,435
Lower School (Grades 3 - 5)$31,010
Upper School (Grades 6-11)$34,720
Grade 12 (first semester)

International Students - Boarding2018-2019 Tuition
Upper School (Grades 9 - 11)$54,720*
Grade 12 (first semester)$27,750*

*Subject to change; please inquire with Admissions office.

Special Fees 2018-2019 (for all students)
Application Fee (per student)$100
Family Enrollment Deposit$500
Parent Association Dues (per student, limit $60 per family)$20
Student Tablet/Technology Fee
Grade 5
Grades 6-8

Textbooks (for all students)
Lower SchoolNo Charge
Upper School (Grades 6-11)$250
Upper School (Grade 12)$125
Transportation 2018-2019 (for all students)Route ServiceShuttle Service (Intercampus or Metro)
First Rider$2,080$365
Second Rider$1,100$365
Additional Riders (each)$115$365
Seniors$1,040 (one semester)$365
CESJDS Tuition Calculator

Tuition Assistance Filing Instructions

Parent GuideBegin FAST applicationResume FAST application

To ensure a smooth processing of your application and avoid unnecessary delays, it is imperative that you complete and submit all applicable parts of the application and submit all required documents online. Please read the parent guide before you begin.

As a service to our families, FAST provides you access to your most recently submitted application in the event you would like to apply to another FAST client school. Just use the FAST link and input the pin number provided in the email you will receive after the application is submitted. If you have questions, please contact the FAST 24-hour helpline at 1-877-326-FAST (3278).

All current tuition assistance families: please complete and submit your online application to FAST no later than December 31, 2017. The School will advise families with timely applications of their tuition assistance decisions on February 2, 2018.

All prospective families: please complete and submit your online application to FAST no later than January 31, 2018. The School will advise families with timely applications of their tuition assistance decisions on March 2, 2018.

View additional filing instructions.

Important Dates

November 15, 2017: FAST Applications go live

December 31, 2017: FAST Applications and tax/supporting documents due for current families.

January 31, 2018: FAST Applications and tax/supporting documents due for prospective families.

February 2, 2018:Current families are notified of Tuition Assistance Awards with their Enrollment Agreement

February 16, 2018: Enrollment contracts due for current families

March 2, 2018: Current families are notified of Tuition Assistance Awards with their Enrollment Agreement

March 16, 2018: Enrollment contracts due for new families


I'm unclear about part of the application. What do I do?

If you cannot find the answer in the instructions, please contact the FAST helpline at 1-877-326-FAST (3278) or call Sherice Tomlin at (301)-692-4884.

Where do I mail the completed application?

All applications should be completed and submitted online. Visit FAST to submit your online application.

Where do I include information about my special circumstances?

There is space available in Section “Help Bubble” 723 of the application. Please be brief in your explanations as FAST is unable to process any attached letters. If you feel that you cannot convey everything in the space provided, please send a letter directly to Sherice Tomlin for consideration by the Tuition Assistance Committee.

Can I still schedule a face to face meeting or phone call to discuss my personal situation?

Parents who feel that their family situation can be best conveyed in a meeting or phone call are encouraged to call Sherice Tomlin at (301)-692-4884 to schedule a meeting with Mary Mehala, Business Office Controller.

How do I know if my application has been received and is being processed?

Once the application is submitted, you will receive confirmation from FAST.

Is my information given to anyone else?

Absolutely not! FAST does not share information with any other parties other than the organizations you select on your application. When calling to discuss your application, FAST uses a verification process to ensure they are speaking with an authorized person.

Will FAST tell me how much assistance I qualify for?

FAST does not notify families of their determinations. Recommendations from FAST are used by the School as a part of the assessment process. Families awarded assistance will be able to view their award directly on the online enrollment agreement located on the 2nd page. Enrollment contracts will be available via School Admin for current families on February 2, 2018, and for new families on March 2, 2018.

Can I ask for a review of my tuition assistance decision?

If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances after submitting your application, you may request a review of your tuition assistance decision. Please email Sherice Tomlin at stomlin@cesjds.org for instructions on requesting a review.

Current Families: For families in the re-enrollment cycle, the deadline to appeal your decision is February 16, 2018.

New Families: For families enrolling for the first time, the deadline to appeal your decision is March 16, 2018.

All Families: If you have a change of circumstance at some other point in the year, please contact us for a review of your tuition assistance at that time.

Can I submit my enrollment contract if I have requested a review of my financial aid award?

No. We ask that families wait to submit their Enrollment Agreement until the tuition assistance process is completed.

Help! I've missed the deadline. What do I do?

Tuition assistance is allocated on a first applied, first received basis after the deadline. Failure to submit your information on time may result in a delay in processing your request. Qualified families will receive aid to the extent that funds remain available. Parents applying late will be placed on a waiting list and will receive their decisions after the process is completed for timely applicants.

I own a business and do not take a salary on a regular basis/at all. How do I provide this information on the application?

Estimate 2017 business performance based on the available financial records. Refer to Line 602 in the Income Information section of the application for more information. You will be able to enter your business income, offer clarifying details concerning your business income, and list any additional sources of income.

Can I know how much tuition assistance I will receive before I apply to the school?

Families only learn how much tuition assistance they will receive when they are accepted to the school. Families must go through the admission process at the same time as the tuition assistance process. Families awarded assistance will be able to view their award on the second page of the online Enrollment Agreement.

In order to better serve our families and streamline our financial procedures, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School partners with FACTS Management Company to manage tuition payments. You will enroll with FACTS along with submitting your enrollment application.

CESJDS offers three payment plan options:

  1. Payment by check in two installments:

    30% due June 10
    70% due October 10
  2. Payment by bank drafting:

    10 equal monthly installments by direct debit on the 10th of each month beginning June 10.
  3. Tuition assistance application submitted:

    12 equal monthly installments by direct debit on the 20th of each month beginning June 20.

See below for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tuition assistance. For questions related to FAST, please see the "FAST Application" tab for additional FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance defrays the cost of tuition for families with demonstrated need who could not otherwise afford CESJDS. This award is used to offset the cost of one year’s tuition. It is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. Tuition assistance is granted annually and is determined based on defined guidelines established by the Tuition Assistance Committee.

Does tuition assistance cover costs beyond tuition?

No, tuition assistance does not cover other costs such as book, school trips, etc.

Will applying for tuition assistance have an impact on the admission decision for my child?

No. The tuition assistance decision is made independently from admission decisions.

Can I apply for aid before I apply for admission to the school?

Prospective families must apply for admission of new students to the School before applying for tuition assistance. If you have questions about how your family may fit into the program, please feel free to contact Mary Mehala, Controller, (301) 692-4880 or mmehala@cesjds.org. We strongly encourage prospective families interested in the tuition assistance program to have a conversation with Mary as they consider CESJDS for their children.

Does CESJDS give merit-based scholarships?

Not at this time.

Is my application confidential?

The School stresses confidentiality in all matters relating to tuition assistance. Only Business Office personnel directly involved in the review of applications have access to families’ financial information. This information is never shared outside of this small team. We uphold the highest standard of confidentiality in management of each and every family’s case.

Just as we trust that families present a complete and accurate financial profile in their applications, we also trust that families will consider their tuition assistance award to be confidential.

How does the school determine financial need?

The School uses FAST for evaluation of applications. FAST considers family size, income and other financial resources. CESJDS’s tuition assistance team reviews every application processed by FAST, and will consider certain family circumstances that may affect the family’s ability to pay.

How much tuition assistance may I expect to receive?

Many variables affect an award decision, since awards are not based solely on income. We welcome questions about whether you might qualify. Please contact Mary Mehala, Controller, to schedule a meeting.

Is tuition assistance renewable each year?

We are committed to helping our enrolled students continue at CESJDS. Tuition assistance is awarded annually and is based on demonstrated need; therefore, families must complete a new application and submit all required documentation to be considered.

If I qualify for aid this year, will I receive aid the next year?

Our program is designed to provide stability and predictability for families, year over year. Most families in the tuition assistance program stay in the program throughout their children’s years at CESJDS. If your financial profile remains approximately the same from year to year, you will continue to qualify for aid. Some families do experience a positive change in circumstances, and will find that they no longer qualify for assistance. Families apply for assistance annually so that we have the most current and complete picture of overall need.

I already have a full-pay child at CESJDS, but do not have the resources to pay for a younger sibling. What do I do?

Families often qualify for assistance when younger siblings are admitted to CESJDS, so we encourage you to apply for tuition assistance.

What if I lose my job?

Loss of income is one of the most stressful situations families can face. Our school allocates resources through our tuition assistance program so that families experiencing a significant adverse change in circumstances will have a “safety net,” providing additional aid to help the family stay enrolled through difficult times. This safety net is accessible to all CESJDS families, whether they are currently in the tuition assistance program or full-tuition paying families whose circumstances have changed; it is accessible at any time before or during the school year.

Can you help if my family experiences a major financial emergency?

Yes, we encourage families to reach out to us at any time by contacting Mary Mehala at 301-692-4880.

I am separated/divorced from my child's other parent. How do we access the tuition assistance program?

For the best educational experience of each child, CESJDS expects that both parents (if at all possible) will participate fully – academically and financially – in the child’s education. CESJDS requires both parents to complete an application for tuition assistance. We are happy to assist both parents, together or individually, in understanding how the program works for divorced or separated parents.

We are two parents in a one-income family. How does this affect our tuition assistance package?

If all students are elementary school age or older, both parents are expected to contribute to tuition expenses. Should one parent choose not to work, program guidelines impute an income for the non-working parent. Exceptions may be made in cases where responsibilities (such as medical care or elder care) effectively limit a parent’s ability to commit to regular work.

What deadlines should I be aware of?

The tuition assistance application deadline is January 31, 2017.

Important Dates

December 1, 2016: FAST Applications go live

January 31, 2017: FAST Applications and tax/supporting documents due

March 1, 2017: Tuition Assistance award notifications via Online Enrollment contracts go live (CURRENT FAMILIES)

March 3, 2017: Tuition Assistance award notifications via Online Enrollment contracts go live (NEW FAMILIES)

March 17, 2017: Enrollment contracts due

What if I am unable to meet the deadlines for tuition assistance?

Your cooperation in filing by the deadline assists us in most fairly distributing aid to all families in need. However we do consider applications filed outside of the regular cycle on an aid available basis. For families new to the school and who are unable to file by the deadline please contact Mary Mehala at 301-692-4880 to discuss aid availability.

I still have tuition assistance questions. Who should I contact?

For questions about completing the application, please call Sherice Tomlin at 301-692-4884 or email her at stomlin@cesjds.org.

All other questions should be directed to Mary Mehala, Controller, in the Business Office at 301 692-4880 or by email at mmehala@cesjds.org.