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School Fee Regulations

for school year 2020/21

Phorms tuition fees are income related in order to enable as many children as possible to access our educational programmes.

School Fees

Gross annual income Monthly tuition fee
less than 50,000 €* 106-621 €
50,000 € or more 690 €
80,000 € or more 732 €
130,000 € or more 923 €

*Please see arrangement for families with an annual income of less than 50,000 Euros.

Fees are based on the annual income from two years ago, (e.g. for the school year 2020/2021 we look at the income tax statement of 2018). The gross annual income includes all income from both legal guardians in that specific year. It is not possible to set off income against “negative income” (such as loss on rental income or leases). As proof of parents’ income of up to 130,000 Euro p.a., we accept an income tax return – or if this document is not yet available – another suitable proof of income. If parents pay tuition fees according to the highest income band, they do not have to submit any other documents.

The tuition fee is an annual contribution paid in twelve equal monthly rates starting on 1st August of each year.

Administration Fee

The one-time administration fee is 2.5 times the amount of the monthly Phorms tution fee. It is payable once the school contract has been finalized.

Sibling Discount

The monthly school fee for the oldest child in the family has to be paid in full. The second child receives a discount of 25% on the monthly tuition fee, while the third child receives a discount of 50% on the monthly tuition fee. The fourth child and all subsequent children receive a discount of 75% on the monthly tuition fee.

Loyalty Bonus

Once a family has been affiliated with Phorms for 5 years they receive a 10% loyalty bonus form the 6th year onwards. When the child has been at our campus for 10 years, the loyalty bonus is increased to 20%. New entries in Year 7 will receive the 10% loyalty bonus after they completed their fourth year; meaning in Year 11.

Catering

If Gymnasium students wish to receive a warm lunch they may register with the catering company which supplies the food for kindergarten and primary school. The costs for this are to be paid to the catering company directly.

Other Fees

Additional costs for school supplies, the obligatory school uniform, exhibitions, and class trips as well as voluntary afternoon activities will be charged separately.

Phorms tuition fees for families with an annual income of less than 50,000 Euro (“reduziertes Schulgeld”)

Reduced tuition fee rules apply for parents with an annual gross income below 50,000 Euro. In this case, a separate, legally binding proof of income and assets from both parents/legal guardians must be submitted annually. The scale of reduced tuition fees for Primary School ranges between 106 and 461 Euro per month. For the Secondary School, the school fee ranges between 106 Euro and 621 Euro. Under this scheme, the administration fee is also reduced to a single monthly tution fee.

Tax Deductibility

30% of school fees for Primary Schools and Secondary Schools are tax deductible as extraordinary expenses. This does not include accommodation, Day Care or food charges for the child. Since 2008, a maximum amount of 5,000 Euros has been stipulated. This means that parents may not deduct more than 5,000 Euros per child (30% of 16,667 Euros) from their tax liability for school fees paid (§ 10 Paragraph 1 Clause 9 of German Income Tax Act, Special Expenses). Day Care costs (and parent contributions to Nursery and Pre-School) may also be deductible. The child must live in the household and be under 14 years of age. Two thirds of the child care expenses up to a maximum amount of 4.000 Euros per child may be deducted as operating costs when determining the gross family income.

Phorms does not guarantee the validity of this information. Please discuss all questions directly with your tax consultant.