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Do you have to pay for private school?

Last updated: 
December 15, 2023

Yes, you typically have to pay for private school. Because private schools are independent of public funding, tuition fees cover operating expenses such as faculty salaries, facilities and maintenance, and programs. 

The cost of tuition varies by grade level, school type, programs offered, and location. Most private schools offer financial aid and payment plans, and some also grant scholarships.

Private schools often have additional fees for uniforms, meal plans, technology, transportation, after-school care, extracurricular activities, field trips, studying abroad, etc. Learn more about additional expenses.

There are also expenses associated with the application process, notably application and admission assessment fees. If these application fees are a barrier for your family, ask the school about fee waivers.

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