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
Merit-based scholarships are another way private schools are able to help your family with the high cost of tuition. Not all schools have scholarship programs, so this is an important question to ask.
When considering the cost of a private school, it is important to have a candid conversation about tuition up front. The questions provided in this free guide may help steer your conversation with financial aid professionals.
Jaime L. Morgan '02 is the Associate Head of School for Advancement at Sanford School, a preschool-Grade 12 College Preparatory School in Hockessin, Delaware.
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