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Taking the Fear Out of Private School Tuition

Posted by Jaime Morgan on November 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Jaime Morgan

If you love the advantages a private school offers but you’re afraid of the high price tag, Sanford School can help allay your fear. During the past decade, there has been a national shift in the income ranges of families applying for help with tuition costs. At Sanford School, a preschool through grade 12 private school, more than 50% of students receive some form of tuition assistance. The two most common types are need-based financial assistance and merit scholarships.


Need-based Financial Assistance

Need-based financial assistance is based on a family’s income, expenses, and other factors. The common misconception with need-based assistance is that only families with low-income ranges will qualify. This simply is not true. Families with incomes of $200,000 and higher are qualifying for financial aid, particularly if they have multiple children.

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded to Kindergarten Scholars, Honors Scholars in middle school, and Leadership Scholars and Sanford Scholars in high school. The awards are based on students’ academic success, leadership, citizenship, passion for learning, and potential contributions to the life of the school community.

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Jaime L. Morgan '02 is the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Sanford School, a preschool-Grade 12 College Preparatory School in Hockessin, Delaware.

Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability