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Understanding Private School Scholarships and Financial Aid

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While some parents have the luxury of choosing private versus public schools for their child’s education, there are many that automatically dismiss the idea of private schools because of the high cost of tuition. These parents may feel that the advantages of private schools make them the ideal educational system for their child, but might not have the financial means to support a private education. Luckily, there are options for those who wish to attend private schools but can’t afford the tuition. Private school scholarships and financial aid are available for these students, but how do they go about getting them?

Go to the School Directly

Most private school scholarships are offered directly by the school. Therefore, your first step should be contacting the school for information on scholarships and financial aid. Most scholarships are need based, but there are also merit-based scholarships available. Usually, student grants will not cover the full cost of tuition, so parents will need to pay a portion of the cost. If the school you are interested in does not offer any form of financial aid, you can look into national scholarship and voucher programs that accept applications for students seeking financial help.

Search Online for Grant Donors

Another option outside of reaching out to schools is to search online for private school grants. There are philanthropic programs and even individual donors who are willing to provide grants to deserving students in need of financial aid to support a private education. Some sites include A Better Chance, Children’s Scholarship Fund and Education Resource Organizations Directory. These private and governmental scholarships also do not usually cover the full cost of a private school tuition.

Find a Tuition-Free Private School

There are some private schools in the U.S. that are strictly for underprivileged students. These schools benefit students who come from poor backgrounds who would otherwise not be able to afford a private education. Some of these tuition-free private schools choose students based on academics, while others pick them using a lottery system. These schools were started by benefactors who believed all children, regardless of their economic background, deserve to experience the benefits of private schools.

If you want a private school education for your child but don’t have the means to pay for tuition, consider the options listed above as a means of help. For more, read this link: www.rhms.ca




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