An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in SPA! Please note the following information for prospective families during the summer months:

  • If you are considering admission for Fall 2022, please call our office at 651-696-1332 at your earliest convenience. Openings in grade levels vary for Fall 2022, and a phone conversation is the best way for us to determine how to best serve your student and your family. Our upcoming Grade 6 Open House on June 14 is designed especially for students and families looking at Grade 6 for Fall 2022. Learn more

  • If you are considering admission for Fall 2023, please visit our Events and Deadlines page for up-to-date information about admission Open Houses, deadlines, and testing dates. Our Applying to SPA page may also be helpful in outlining the steps to the Admission process, which will begin in September 2022 for Fall 2023.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any one of our Admission team with questions or just to say hello!

There is no investment with a greater return than a child's education. Every SPA family makes an investment in their child’s tuition, and our $4 million financial aid program provides a bridge for families who qualify.

Lower School tuition:

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Upper School tuition:

financial aid

At SPA, we work hard to attract and retain the very best students. Our commitment to a pluralistic educational experience means creating a community that is as diverse in socioeconomic backgrounds as it is in interests, experiences, and cultures. As such, our student body reflects the broad diversity of families from the entire east and west metro area and beyond.  Because many factors guide financial aid decisions, we encourage families not to make assumptions about whether they are eligible, but to have a confidential conversation with our Admission staff. Through financial aid and payment plans, we strive to make SPA affordable for all families whose children have been admitted. In 2021-22, our financial aid budget is $4 million, which includes scholarships awarded through SPA's Redleaf Scholarship (Grades 6-9) and Malone Scholarship (Grades 7-9) programs. In total, 24% of our families receive some level of financial aid in 2021-22, which consists entirely of grants that need not be repaid. The chart below shows the percentage of awards given to SPA families at various family income levels. 

Family Income Percent of Awards
$0-$100,000 25%
$100,000-$150,000 48%
Greater than $150,000 26%


In addition to our robust financial aid program, SPA offers two additional need- and merit-based scholarship opportunities: The Redleaf Scholarships and the Malone Scholars Program. Read more below or contact Heather Ploen, Director of Admission, for details on these programs.

Frequently Asked Questions | Financial Aid

Important questions and answers about financial aid at SPA are below. Families are invited and encouraged to contact Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid Anne Marso at any time with additional questions.