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One of the reasons we started The Hatch School was to reimagine how schools demonstrate commitment to equity. At a school that charges tuition, there is a particular obligation to ensure that inclusion and access are at the very core of how tuition decisions are made.

That's why we chose a Family Individualized Tuition model, or FIT. Learn more about FIT, the process by which HATCH determines tuition obligations, and how FIT centers equity below.

Jessica Hanson & Sarah Peterson, co-heads

FIT Case Studies
Tier 1: $80,000 or less

Ari's family

Ari lives with her mother, her mother's partner, and her three siblings. The family rents a home which is partially paid for with a Housing Choice voucher; their out-of-pocket monthly housing costs are $975. Her mother provides licensed child care out of their home, earning $52,000 annually. Her youngest sibling is not yet in school, and her middle two siblings attend public school.

Ari's FIT level is $300, which can be paid in monthly increments of $30.

Katya's family

Katya is an only child being raised by her mother, who has submitted a Statement of Explanation to share that Katya's father has never been part of her life. Katya's mother is a teacher and earns $76,000 annually, and the family lives in an apartment with a monthly rent of $1800. Her mother is debt-free and has $270,000 in retirement savings.

Katya's FIT level is $3900, which can be paid in monthly increments of $390.

Eva's family

Eva lives with her parents and her 12 year old brother, who has special needs and attends public school. Her mother cares for her brother and works part-time at a nonprofit, earning a salary of $35,000. Eva's father is a self-employed massage therapist and earned $42,000 this year. The family owns a home, purchased in 2008, which is currently valued at $725,000, and the parents are carrying $25,000 in student loan debt.

Eva's FIT level is $800, which can be paid in monthly increments of $80.

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