Tuition and Affordability


2024-2025 Tuition and Fees

Parent/Child: 1 - 3 year olds 

  • 2 mornings a week, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:30am            
  • Every Thursday and Friday except holidays. 
  • Akiba-Schechter early childhood classroom and Harold Washington Park (as appropriate)
  • Sessions to be determined. 
  • Each individual session is $875, with a discounted rate of $1600 for both sessions.

  • Parent/child families are exempt from additional annual fees. 

Preschool: 2 - 4 year olds 

  • 5 mornings (8:15am - 12pm)         $14,716
  • 5 full days (M-Th 8:15am-3:30pm, F 8:15am - 2:30pm)        $20,332

Additional options:

Late Pickup Monday – Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (No late pick-up on Fridays) $3,350 

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

  • Kindergarten - 4th grade            $25,472
  • 5th - 7th grade                              $26,821
  • 8th grade                                       $26,976

Additional Annual Fees:

  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Dues: $75 per student ($125 family cap)
  • Give or Get Donation: $650 per family with a student in K-8
  • Bus Fee (if applicable): To be determined based upon participants. 

We are here to help you through this process! There are many options for affording Akiba-Schechter.  If you have questions or if we can help in any way, please contact us at

TAP INTO YOUR CHILD'S FUTURE: Introducing a new way for families to access Jewish education at Akiba-Schechter.

The Tuition Accessibility Partnership (TAP) Fund is an alternative tuition model for families interested in enrolling their children in Jewish day schools in Chicago. The TAP Fund caps tuition at 12% of a family’s annual adjusted gross income (AGI).

TAP was created for families with an AGI between $200,000 and $350,000 per year. Families who fall within this range receive a capped tuition total, regardless of the number of children they have enrolled in K-8 Jewish day schools. 

Learn more by visiting

The TAP Fund is powered by Crown Family Philanthropies, a Chicago-based foundation dedicated to partnering with its communities to effect just and lasting social impact across generations.

JUF RIGHT START: Did you know that Preschool students may be be eligible to receive up to $2,000 in tuition assistance through JUF's Right Start Program? Click here to learn more.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Financial assistance from Akiba-Schechter is available starting in Kindergarten. Limited Financial assistance is available for Early Childhood students, with priority given to students with siblings enrolled in K-8. For more information and questions, please contact the Finance Office at

You can apply for financial assistance any time after submitting an application for enrollment. Akiba-Schechter uses FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment to aid us in the process. Apply online at This is the first step in helping us best determine how to help you through the financial aid process.

HEEREY SCHOLARSHIP: We are grateful to the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation for providing generous tuition assistance to eligible Akiba-Schechter families. If you are interested in learning more about this program and seeing if your family might qualify, please contact