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Affordability and Flexibility

At CA, we’re committed to enrolling students that share our commitment to discovery, innovation, collaboration, and excellence. Socio-economic status shouldn’t have to come into play. That’s why we are committed to bringing the CA experience within reach for all qualified families through generous financial aid opportunities and other programs that help ease logistical challenges faced by many working families.

Davis family

I love that Cary Academy provides a thoughtful, deep, and rich curriculum that supports my children’s social-emotional, physical, and creative growth in addition to learning the core subjects. There are so many opportunities for them to explore new areas of interests and to expand their skills. It is a caring and dedicated community invested in the students and the process of learning, not just the outcome.”

Nani Davis

parent of two CA students and one alum

At CA, we believe that education is an investment in your future.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees 2021-22




New Student Fee

New Student Fee


Textbook Fees

Middle School


Upper School

$200 – $500

Program Fees

Activity Fee


(covers yearbook, one class activity, and student club funding)

Dining Plan Fee


Middle School first day of school

Program Fees

Student Activity Fee 

One flat fee. Countless extra-curricular opportunities. From offsetting special event costs to covering immersive overnight class trips, engaging field trips, our award-winning yearbook, and more, our annual student activity fee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for activities (and it’s a bargain for what you get in return, we promise). 

Dining Plan Fee

No more waking up at dawn to make the same tired old sandwich. All CA students participate in our dining program. You’ll enjoy real, cooked-from-scratch, delicious seasonal cuisine (we’re not talking standard cafeteria fare). SAGE’s registered dieticians review and approve each menu to ensure that it offers a wide variety of nutritious choices that meet an array of dietary needs (vegan? gluten or dairy-free? No problem).  

Financial Assistance 

Every year CA awards over $2 million in financial aid grants ranging from $1,000 to the cost of full tuition and fees. Considered gifts that do not have to be repaid, our grants are made based on demonstrated need—the difference between what your family can pay and the actual cost of your expenses.  

Once accepted for admission, we consider your family’s financial need and the availability of school funds to determine the amount of aid that we can offer. (Don’t worry, we keep all your financial information and your aid status strictly confidential.) 

While financial aid is awarded on a year-to-year basis (you’ll need to reapply for financial assistance every year), we are committed to supporting you through graduation provided there is ongoing demonstrated need. 

The financial aid application will be available in mid-October. For families new to CA, the deadline for financial aid applications is January 14, 2022

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Ready to apply?

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Optional Programs and Fees


Need a little help getting to campus? Our growing transportation program can help. We currently offer four routes serving various communities within the larger Triangle.


With a meeting point in the Beaver Creek area, Apex transportation is available only in the morning.

Durham / Chapel Hill

With a meeting point in the Southpoint Mall area, Durham / Chapel Hill transportation is available only in the morning.

Northern Raleigh (two routes)

With meeting points in both the Six Forks and Falls Pointe areas, Northern Raleigh transportation is available in both the afternoon and morning.


$975/annually for all-year morning route
$325/ trimester for afternoon route

Middle School Extended Day Program 

Parents can’t pick you up, right at dismissal? No problem. Our extended day program has you covered. We offer quality, supervised care between 3:10 pm and 6:00 pm for grades six through eight.  

Your parents can finish up their work while you complete homework (except on Fridays—that’s movie day!), engage in fun art projects, play sports, or just hang out with your peers.  No hangry students allowed: snacks and drinks are provided. 

Available all full days that CA is open for classes, the program offers flexible options for full, partial, and emergency use. 


Full use: $18/day (no refunds for unused days) 
Partial use: $21/day 
Hourly use: $9