Tuition, Fees, Scholarships and Philanthropy
Families are responsible for a small enrollment fee (currently $200), incidental costs, and transportation to and from school (at the beginning and end of the semester, as well as the fall or spring break). Families are also responsible for providing their students with the required gear as outlined on the “What to Bring” list. Note that specialty items like tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags are available for check-out from the school.
Conserve School’s founder, James R. Lowenstine wanted deserving students to benefit from the unique Conserve School experience regardless of financial means.
The cost for tuition, room & board at Conserve School is $25,000. Additionally, all families are responsible for travel expenses, required gear and a $200 enrollment fee.
The need-based Lowenstine Scholarship Program strives to make Conserve School affordable. Each year the parameters of the program are set by the Conserve School Board. It is predicted that for the fall 2018 and the spring of 2019 families with a gross income of less than $100,000 will only pay the enrollment fee, with a sliding scale for those who earn more. More information on the tuition scale will be available in August of 2017.
In lieu of tuition revenue, Conserve School relies on tax deductible donations from the families of its students, its alums, and its friends, to the Conserve School Annual Fund each year.
During the year students attend, Conserve School encourages families to donate the amount that they would have been willing to pay in tuition, had Conserve School put them through a financial aid process.
When considering the size of a first year gift, families are asked to consider the value received from a Conserve School semester in comparison to other opportunities such as summer camps and vacations that the family has previously spent money on.
During the year that their child attends, it is Conserve School’s hope that most families will be able to donate at least $2,000 to the annual fund. It is hoped that families with greater means will consider a donation of at least 4% of their yearly income up to Conserve School’s full tuition value of $25,000.
In future years it is Conserve School’s hope that most families and alumni will join Conserve School’s “Inspiration Leaders” campaign by donating at least $120 / year to the Conserve School annual fund.
Through the Conserve School Annual Fund individuals are able to partner with Conserve School and insure that Conserve School will be able to inspire young people to environmental stewardship through academics and engagement with the forests, lakes and wildlife of Lowenwood in perpetuity.
In this way, we all play a part in assuring that the Conserve School experience remains affordable for the students who follow in our footsteps.