Education Matters—Sanford School's Private School Blog

2 Ways Private School Can Be An Affordable Option

Posted by Jaime Morgan on November 17, 2017 at 3:59 PM

There are several ways to make a private school education an affordable option. 

One way is through need-based financial aid.
Prospective families are often surprised to learn that many higher-earning private school families receive some form of tuition assistance simply because the tuition costs are so high. For many (or most) families, it is a true sacrifice to send a child to private school.

A second option to help make tuition more affordable is through merit scholarships.
These scholarships do not take financial need into account. They simply allow your child to shine. Private schools approach merit scholarship awards in a variety of ways. Some schools will base decisions on standardized admission test scores. Others may look at a child’s academic success in the school they currently attend. Still, others may choose to look at the bigger picture. Luckily, we understand this and want to help. 

Learn About Sanford  Merit Scholarships

Why choose a PRIVATE SCHOOL?

  • Seemingly endless and individualized opportunities in arts, athletics, club activities, and leadership
  • Exciting and engaging academic programs
  • Small class sizes of motivated students
  • Teachers who love their work and care deeply about each student
  • State-of-the-art facilities on beautiful campuses.

While many children would thrive in an environment like this, often the high tuition cost is a significant obstacle for families—how can we pay for private school before our child even goes to college?

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability

Learn About Financial Aid & Affordability Options for Private Schools

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 14, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Private school admission offices across the country often hear the same sentiments...

We would love to have our children at your school. We think they would thrive in this type of learning environment. We just don’t know how we could ever afford it.

High tuition amounts are often the biggest barrier to families who

 

are interested in a private school education for their child. What many do not realize is there has been a national shift in the types of families who are applying for financial aid and other tuition assistance. More and more middle and upper income families are applying for and receiving financial help with the tuition bills.

It is a good practice for families to call the financial aid officers at the schools they are considering and ask questions about the school’s program. A guide for this conversation may be found here:

 Top questions to ask about financial aid 

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability

A behind-the-scenes look at private school financial aid

Posted by Jaime Morgan on November 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Understanding private school financial aid can be tricky. This video—created by the University School in Ohio—offers a brief, clear, and thorough explanation of how financial aid works at their school. At Sanford School we approach financial aid in a similar way —if your child is the right fit for our school, we want to help make a Sanford education affordable. Check out the video. You can't afford to miss it!

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Topics: Financial Aid

Investing in a Private School Education Yields Big Rewards

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM

She feels so well prepared. Her adjustment has been easier than her peers.”

These are the words private school educators love to hear—that one of our graduates has made a smooth transition to college, and we have prepared her well for this next step.

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Topics: Financial Aid

Private School Can be Affordable

Posted by Jaime Morgan on October 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM

How Can You Afford a Private School Education?

The big question for many families considering private school is - how can we afford a private school education? There are two ways private schools typically offer tuition assistance. The most common is need-based financial aid where families complete a financial aid application that is separate from the application for admission. The school then evaluates the application to determine how much the family can afford to pay toward tuition. Financial aid awards are given as grants and do not have to be repaid. Often, financial aid awards are renewable until the student graduates from the school.

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability