Tuition and Tuition Assistance 

Providing a specialized education program with a 4:1 student-to-adult ratio and an average class size of 8 is a very effective, but expensive, educational model.

Academy of Whole Learning is a non-profit, privately funded school for children with autism spectrum disorder or related learning differences. Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $26,550. (Includes a $300 technology fee).

Academy of Whole Learning fundraises to fill an approximate 20% gap between the actual tuition cost and the tuition rate charged to families. For example, in 2016-2017, the ACTUAL cost to educate each student at Academy of Whole Learning for primary was $31,230.00 and the rate we charged was $26,000. The cost to educate each student in our upper school is $29,445 and the rate we charged was $24,215. Thus, Academy of Whole Learning offered a subsidy of $5230 on tuition to every family.

Our Board has been committed to offering a subsidized rate in order to make an education at Academy of Whole Learning more affordable for our families. Tuition pays for approximately 80% of AOWL’s operating costs. The “gap” funding comes from individual and corporate donations, grants, and fundraising events. Without these funding sources, yearly tuition cost would be over $30,000 per year.

Click here for the 2018-2019 tuition and fees.


Tuition Assistance 

The deadline for the first round of tuition assistance (existing and new enrollment families that qualify) is February 15, 2018.

We at Academy of Whole Learning understand and appreciate the financial commitment families assume in deciding to send their children to a special private school. Assistance is based on the family’s financial need and the amount of money we were able to raise through development efforts.

Academy of Whole Learning accepts students for admission without regard to their financial status.  Decisions regarding tuition assistance are made completely independently from the admissions decision.

To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute toward education expenses for their child, we use TADS as a trusted third party.  TADS provides an analysis of a family’s “Estimated Family Contribution” and is a critical component of our tuition assistance award decisions, however it is just a start. To make our tuition assistance award decisions, we use TADS results as the baseline for our review, taking into consideration our total tuition assistance budget, other information we may have collected, our school’s policies and priorities, and the needs of the entire applicant pool. 

Please visit the TADS website by clicking the button below.  Create a new account and complete the financial assistance application process.

Click here to apply at

State legislation makes it possible for many parents of independent school students to receive partial rebates on transportation costs. In addition, parents may also claim a deduction on their Minnesota State Income Tax return. Tax laws are subject to change. For up-to-date details, confer with your tax advisor.


Register with Smart Tuition   

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to register with Smart Tuition, our school payment system. You will use Smart Tuition for your tuition payments and also for convenient payment of other school fees such as after school clubs, field trip costs, home base, yearbook, spirit wear and other fees that arise throughout the school year. You may also make payments by check, automatic bank withdrawals or by credit/debit card.

Even if you’re paying your tuition in full and not using a monthly payment plan, we encourage you to register with Smart Tuition for the convenience of other school payments.

Enroll in Smart Tuition at:

Our school code is:    13312   

If you have questions, please contact Carly Rasmussen in the AOWL Business office.  952-737-6900 or