Tuition and Expenses

Tuition for 2018-2019 has been set at $79,850. It includes academic classes at OPTIONS, work with Vocational Counselors, and Speech and Language Therapy if needed. It also includes instruction within the Independent Living portion of the program as well as apartment rent (including cable and all utilities) and a $55.00 per week per student grocery allotment. Transportation to and from OPTIONS activities, supervision at recreational activities, medical support via our Nursing staff, and tutorial support during study hours at the apartments are also included. Families requiring a more specific breakdown of costs should contact OPTIONS.

Some students who have deferred high school graduation receive full or partial tuition reimbursement via their school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. For more information, contact your school district or your School Board of Education and ask for a Parents’ Rights Handbook. OPTIONS is a part of Brehm Preparatory School, which is on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved list of schools.

Low-rate educational loan programs with monthly payment options are also available through:

SLM Financial – A Sallie Mae Company

Clark Behavioral Health Financing

Financial LLC


Tax-Deductible Expenses

OPTIONS provides special education services. An OPTIONS education may be considered a deductible medical care expense under the Internal Revenue Code (Section 213). Before taking a tax deduction for expenses relating to the special education of a student, parents should consult with their attorney or tax professional.