Tuition, Fees, and Assistance

The fee structure is based on age as of Sept. 15, 2017.

Rates are subject to change as needed and without notice.

Age Annual household income Monthly childcare fee
Infants and toddlers All $1293
2 to 3 years old Less than $50,000 $947
$50,000 - $75,000 $1160
Over $75,000 $1206
3 to 5 years old Less than $50,000 $862
$50,000 - $75,000 $1032
Over $75,000 $1069

Other fees

  • Enrollment Fee.  A $100 non-refundable fee is collected at the time of enrollment into the program. 

  • Transportation. Transportation is the responsibility of the parents.

  • Late pickup. A $1-per-minute fee is charged after 5:30 p.m. for late pickup.  After three late pickup’s, there is a $20 charge + $1-per-minute fee. 

Scholarships and assistance

Preschool-age scholarships. Scholarships through Boone and Story County Early Childhood Iowa (BooSt) may be available for income-eligible families on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kim Venteicher, parent coordinator, at or 515-294-3040 for more information.

Reduced tuition program. The Lab School is a partner program with Ames Community School District in Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SVPP). Children that are four years old on September 15, 2017, can complete an application form to possibly receive reduced tuition as part of that program. Contact Kim Venteicher, parent coordinator, at or 515-294-3040 for more information.

Financial assistance for ISU students selecting the Lab School may be available. Contact Julie Graden, ISU child care coordinator, at or 515-294-8827 for more information.

DHS. We only accept Department of Human Services (DHS) child care subsidy when the family receives other assistance (such as CCAMPIS grant) that covers the remainder of the Lab School tuition.