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Fees and Tuition Agreement

Enrollment Fee

There is a one-time enrollment fee of $250.00.

Newly Enrolled Deposits: A $300 security deposit is required for all newly enrolled children but is refundable if 30 days notice is given. The deposit will hold a space for the child and will be refunded after you leave the CDL provided you give notice. All withdrawals require a 30 day notice submitted in writing to the CDL Office. Written notification of withdrawal of less than one month will result in the forfeiture of the security deposit.  

The tuition rate is based on a yearly amount, paid in 12 equal installments at the beginning of each month. No refunds or prorates are given for absences, vacations, holidays, days the CDL is closed, or professional days.

Program Current Tuition
Infant $1,458/month
Toddler $1,430/month
Twos $1,381/month
Preschool $1,210/month

Tuition increases, if necessary, occur in July. Tuition rates are typically determined in Feb.

Tuition Payment Policies and Procedures: Tuition payments are due in full by 5:30pm the 15th of each month. If for any reason the MU Child Development Laboratory is closed on the 15th of any month, we will accept payments without penalty by 5:30pm of the next day that the MU Child Development Laboratory classes resume. Any payments made after the due date or closing grace period will be charged an additional $20 late fee toward the following months billing. A late fee notice with a reminder of our policies will be sent to the home after each late payment. Please submit payments to the CDL main office or in the drop box by 5:30pm of the expected due date.
Delinquent Payment Policy: If after two months of no payments or unauthorized partial payments made to the CDL, the Director will send a notice home indicating that you have 14 days to notify the Director of your reason for delinquency and present a payment plan. If no contact has been made to the Director after the 14 days of notice, the child(ren) will be dropped from the program within seven days. A letter from the Director will be sent home indicating your child’s last day and the expectation of restitution of the full amount due.
Authorized Payment Plan: Authorized payment plans may be arranged with the CDL Director under unusual circumstances and at the discretion of the CDL Director. If a payment plan has been arranged with the Director, the plans must be adhered to. If you are unable to adhere to the payment plan you must contact the Director immediately. The child(ren) will be dis-enrolled from the program if you are unable to adhere to a payment plan after one month’s lapse in arranged payment plan. A dis-enrollment letter from the Director will be sent home indicating the child(ren)’s last day and the expectation for restitution of full amount due.
Invoices are placed in your child’s folder on the first day of the month and payment is due by the 15th of that month. Failure to pay promptly could terminate your child’s enrollment. We accept cash or checks. Make checks payable to: University of Missouri.
If you have not paid your tuition by the 15th of the current month a $20.00 fee will be applied to your balance. If you are more than one month behind in your payment, your child may be dismissed from the CDL.
The CDL will be closed 10 days during the year for the teachers to plan and to attend professional development trainings. The CDL reserves the right to charge for these days that we are closed for professional development purposes.
Closings in addition to University holidays – the CDL will close Spring Break week and will align it’s winter closing with the Columbia Public School winter recess.
All parents receiving state assistance must sign in and out on the attendance device each day. Failure to do so may jeopardize your child’s enrollment.
DSS reimbursement rates and your CDL co-pay are based on full-day attendance. That means that your child needs to attend at least five hours per day to receive the full reimbursement rate. You are required to sign-in and out every day so that DSS can appropriately reimburse the CDL.
DSS pays for only five absences per month, including holidays. If you exceed the five days per month then we will charge you the standard full day rate. We realize that this could be a possible hardship for some families but feel as if the five days per month is quite generous and families should pay for any absences that exceed this amount. We will keep you updated on the number of absences per month you have available so that you can avoid having to pay the standard full day rate.