Tuition & Financial Aid

Students at GCE Lab School represent the diversity of Chicago. Each student is recognized for his or her unique history, perspective, and identity. Our aim is to cultivate young leaders and change agents. Small, diverse classrooms wherein students feel comfortable developing their voices, taking intellectual risks, and challenging their own previously held opinions occasion the practice of respect, empathy, and cultural awareness, and prepare our students to contribute effectively in heterogeneous environments, local and global.

Flexible Tuition

To ensure the accessibility of the GCE experience to all and to encourage specifically socioeconomic diversity, we have adopted Flexible Tuition. A family’s tuition obligation is indexed according to a family’s ability to pay. Families of particular means and good fortune afford tuition near the top of the scale and may contribute generously to school advancement campaigns. Other families, for whom education expenses require sacrifice, are assigned a tuition they can afford.

Flexible Tuition in 2020-2021 will range, $4,550 – $29,150.

We encourage all families to apply for Flexible Tuition by submitting an income and asset assessment, including a current IRS Form 1040 and W-2 wage statements. Families enrolled in the Flex Plan must re-submit financial information annually. Families who elect not to complete the assessment will be responsible for full tuition.

Full tuition may change in future years according to the needs of the school. For the sake of financial planning, any given student’s tuition ceiling will remain the same for the duration of his or her tenure at GCE. Those enrolled in the Flex Plan can expect annual increases or decreases according to demonstrated resources.

Tuition Includes:

  • All mandatory fees, including those associated with classroom field experiences
  • Books and curricular resources
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • In-school travel costs

Tuition Does Not Include:

  • A student’s own school supplies
  • Laptop computer (For $50, a student may rent a school-owned Chromebook for the academic year)
  • Transportation fees related to travel to and from school
  • Participation in optional programs, domestic or international

Apply for Flexible Tuition

All families are encouraged to apply for Flexible Tuition.

GCE’s Flexible Tuition application requires both custodial and non-custodial parents complete an income and asset assessment, using the Flexible Tuition Calculator, and to submit supplementary IRS 1040 forms and W-2 wage statements.

Any circumstances precluding the submission of all necessary documentation must be communicated to the Director of Admission.

Admitted students will be provided their unique Flexible Tuition obligation with their acceptance notification.

Flexible Tuition Estimator

Use the tool below to see an estimated range of flexible tuition based on household income. Please note, however, that a number of circumstances affect a family’s final tuition, not just household income.

Additional Financial Aid

There may be other ways to decrease a family’s tuition obligation.As funds are available, GCE Lab School may award additional merit aid according to criteria determined by the school or its donors.

We work with a number of scholarship partners to provide additional support to families in need. We strongly encourage families to investigate these opportunities.

Financial Aid Partners

Sarah Brock, Director of Admissions

Please direct any questions regarding tuition or financial aid to Sarah Brock, Director of Admissions.

GCE Lab School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial assistance program, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT to stop the admissions process and/or NOT to admit an applicant if we determine that we cannot responsibly and/or ethically serve the applicant/student and/or family.