Tuition & Financial Aid


At GCE, we are intentional about supporting socioeconomic diversity because we know that differences in backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences create a rich learning environment.

To ensure the accessibility of the GCE experience to all we have adopted a Flexible Tuition model. This model allows GCE to develop an unique tuition for every family.

Value and Values

A GCE Lab School education will help your students explore their passions, find their voice, and apply their learning to the world around them, ultimately becoming a socially responsible, forward-thinking global citizen inspired to make a difference. 

We believe that high school is more than transcripts and test scores, it’s an experience. One full of opportunities—challenging courses, compelling internships, meaningful friendships, supportive teachers, personalized attention, heartfelt traditions, and so much more. 

GCE Lab School Tuition Includes: 

  • All mandatory student fees
  • All Field Experience costs
  • All Professional Immersion Experience costs
  • All student organization/club fees
  • Books and curricular resources
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • In-school travel costs 

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.

Flexible Tuition

GCE Lab School’s Flexible Tuition indexes a family’s tuition according to their unique financial circumstance. In this way, we aim to make the GCE experience accessible to all. 


Average Tuition in 2020-2021 | $15,000

Flexible Tuition range for 2021-2022 | $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 applying for Flexible Tuition 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 Flexible Tuition can expect annual increases or decreases according to their family's demonstrated resources.

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.

Scholarship Partners

GCE is pleased to work with the following organizations that provide academic and financial support to high achieving, underserved students in the Chicagoland area.

Sarah Brock, Director of Admissions

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

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.