Tuition, fees, and assistance

The fee structure is based on age as of August 12, 2021.

Rates are subject to change as needed and without notice.

AgeAnnual household incomeMonthly childcare fee
Infants and toddlersAll$1425
2 to 3 years old Less than $50,000$1071
$50,000 - $75,000$1287
Over $75,000$1329
3 to 4 years oldLess than $50,000$949
$50,000 - $75,000$1137
Over $75,000$1179
4 to 5 Year Olds
Less than $50,000$949 ($819)
$50,000-$75,000$1137 ($1007)
Over $75,000$1179 ($1049)
4 to 5 Year Olds
Less than $50,000$1238
over $75,000$1473

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 August 12, 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

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


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.