Tuitioning

Did you know…?

  • A town or district that does not offer grades can tuition students to other schools for those grades.
  • You can tuition students to non-religious private schools. Check out the list of private schools in NH.
  • Receiving schools can be in New Hampshire or in neighboring states, like Vermont and Maine.
  • Districts can cap tuition, with the parents paying anything above those caps.
  • The tuition for many private schools is less than tuition for public schools.
  • Town tuitioning has been ongoing in New Hampshire for over 100 years.
  • Some Cooperative districts tuition students to schools in other districts.
  • For more details about town tuitioning, check out Town Tuitioning Explained.

Information for Parents

  • You can petition school boards for school choice options, especially if your district schools do not suit your child in some way. Even if your district provides all grades.
  • You are the best advocate for your children.

Further reading:

Relevant RSAs

Contact us for more info or guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can school choice help? Will it leave the remaining students with a mediocre education?
  • Studies have shown that not only do students do better in schools they choose to go to, but scores also go up in the schools that have been “left behind”. The national organizations EdChoice and Cato have published studies that show this trend.

2. Can we follow Vermont’s model? They have a voucher system for private schools.

  • Vermont has a very similar town tuitioning system we have in New Hampshire.
  • The state of Vermont limits the amount private schools can charge for tuition. This basically matches the caps that New Hampshire districts can put on the amount they will pay in tuition.
  • In NH, districts that provide K-12 grades can tuition students to out-of-district schools if parents can convince the school board to do it. Nashua and Timberlane are examples that both do it.
  • Any school with just a village school can tuition out for all the other grades. It’s up to the the school board to decide which schools and make contracts with those schools, which can include non-religious private and public schools. In Vermont, and private school can be chosen.
  • Charters are already available to anyone, even if you have access to all 12 grades.
  • NH towns that border Vermont have always tuitioned their students to St Johnsbury and other private schools in VT.

3. Aren’t private schools too expensive? Sending students to them could bankrupt a town.

  • Many private schools in New Hampshire cost less than public schools; it's the prep schools that are expensive. The cap makes it easier for families to choose any of those schools. Here's a list of private schools in NH.
  • Tuitioning dollars made it possible for a Croydon student to attend Kimball Union Academy, an expensive prep school. It didn’t pay the entire bill, but $15,000 (the approximate tuition cap Croydon provided) goes a long way.

4. Will private schools take students paid for by tax dollars?

  • Students still need to qualify for entry into the school, but it’s the same qualification as any other students who go there.
  • Like public schools, private schools also have a declining student population, so they want more students attending their schools. As long as the school has approval from the state for attendance, they are qualified to accept tuition dollars from school districts. When we were doing research for instituting school choice in Croydon, all schools said they would take our students — public and private.