Affording Marshall


Marshall School is committed to making enrollment accessible to families with a wide range of financial circumstances. This is why Marshall School offers Guided Tuition, whereby tuition rates are customized according to each family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses. To determine your family’s personalized estimated tuition, please use the calculator below.

Introducing Guided Tuition

How to Participate in Marshall's Guided Tuition Program

Guided Tuition amounts provided in the calculator above are estimates. To verify your estimate, and guarantee your tuition amount for the 2020-21 school year, please follow the steps below. You may also contact the Marshall School Enrollment Office at (218) 727-7266 x111. If your household income is $150,000 or higher, the online application may or may not be required to determine your Guided Tuition amount; please contact the Enrollment Office to discuss your particular family circumstances before proceeding to the application.

Complete the confidential online application for financial aid through Schools and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) at

To make this process easier, have the following documents ready when you apply:

1040s from previous two years (first 2 pages)
W2s from previous two years

These documents will eventually be uploaded to the secure financial aid site provided by Schools and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) or for verification.

Annual applications for returning families are reviewed in early February followed by new, prospective families. 



Q: Why does Marshall offer Guided Tuition rather than one fixed tuition price?

A: Marshall is committed to providing the highest quality educational program in the region. At the same time, we recognize that families have budgets, and it is our goal to work within those budgets so that we may have an inclusive, welcoming school that reflects our community. Guided Tuition ties the cost of attendance directly to household incomes, creating price points that are accessible for a wide range of families. With Guided Tuition, Marshall is committing institutional resources toward investing in families and students, while also asking families to invest in Marshall, so that together we can create an exceptional educational experience for our community’s children.

Q: How is Marshall able to offer Guided Tuition?

A: Generous philanthropic support, auxiliary revenue streams, prudent financial planning, and responsible administrative leadership make Marshall uniquely positioned to offer Guided Tuition to the Twin Ports community. Marshall has completed a five-year strategic plan as well as the $4.3 million Next Horizon Campaign, made major campus improvements, and reinvigorated curriculum and programs. We are ready for our next commitment to our community: strengthening our ability to provide access and affordability.

Q: Are there options available to spread out my tuition payment throughout the year?

A: Yes, we offer monthly, twice yearly, and single lump sum tuition payment plans. Nominal fees and modestly priced tuition payment insurance apply to monthly and twice yearly plans.

Q: Are there discounts for enrolling multiple students?

A: If you have three or more children enrolled at Marshall at the same time you are eligible for Marshall's Multiple Student Discount.

Q: What if parents are separated or divorced?

A: We ask that each parent submit a separate Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS). However, we understand that each family has a unique situation, so we welcome a conversation with a member of our admissions team.

Q: When do I need to apply?

A: Most Guided Tuition amounts are determined by the end of March. If you want to ensure your family is given priority consideration for Guided Tuition, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Q: What if we have special circumstances that we want to share?

A: Any special financial concerns should be included in the notes section of the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). We recognize that each family situation is unique, and we welcome your questions. Please contact us to speak with a member of our admissions team. (218) 727-7266 or .

Q: I currently have students at Marshall, and my family receives financial aid. How will the change to Guided Tuition affect our tuition obligation?

A: For families who are currently receiving financial aid, your Guided Tuition amount for the 2020-21 school year should be nearly identical to the amount you are paying for the 2019-20 school year. This is intentional. In designing the Guided Tuition Program, we wanted to create a system that would create minimal disruption for current families, and yet improve how incoming families interact with our tuition process to make Marshall more accessible and welcoming to a larger contingent of the Twin Ports community.

Q: If I am paying the maximum Guided Tuition amount, am I subsidizing families paying lower Guided Tuition amounts?

A: No. The actual cost of educating each Marshall student is approximately 20% more than the maximum Guided Tuition amount. Every family’s Guided Tuition amount at Marshall is made possible by philanthropic support and other auxiliary revenue, not by tuition paid by other families.

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