Financial aid and other forms of tuition assistance help make private school education a reality for any student. While this page will arm you with the knowledge to begin the financial aid process, carefully review each school’s policies as timelines, requirements, and forms of assistance vary.
There are a variety of financial aid and tuition assistance options available to families (see the list below), and each school handles them differently. Until you’ve gone through the process, don’t assume that you make too much, or that an inadequate award from one school means another won’t meet your family’s financial needs.
Don’t wait on admission decisions before applying for financial aid. Double-check each school’s deadline, but in general, submit aid applications in the same timeframe as admission applications—especially with rolling admissions schools where aid is often awarded first-come, first-served. You’ll also need to file taxes and prepare documentation ASAP.
Beware that the tuition cost listed on private school websites might not represent the full financial obligation of attendance. Schools commonly have additional fees for uniforms, books, meal plans, transportation, after-school care, etc. For example, tuition listed at $40,000 may ultimately cost $43,000 after calculating all fees.
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