Private school education expenses in New Jersey for the grade school and secondary levels can easily exceed tuition for colleges and universities across the country. As a result, it's not uncommon for applicants to seek out financial aid to assist with the expense of paying for these schools. Education grants, a form of aid that doesn't have to be repaid, are a popular form of help. The best source of aid is your school.
Your Private School
According to the School Grants Blog, your school likely offers grants and scholarships that don't have to be repaid. The school's financial aid office can provide detailed information about need-based scholarships and grants as well as grants for students who are academically talented or sports-minded. In addition, grants are often available for students who display a talent in engineering or the arts. These grants aren't available to the general population, only to students who are attending the school.
New Jersey Private Schools
The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, has a website that provides a wealth of assistance to parents who are seeking to send a child to an in-state private school. In addition to providing a directory of private schools' contact information, there is a link to a NAIS site that allows parents to investigate financial aid options, including grants. Keep in mind that many of these grants may have a nationwide audience and may be more difficult to win than a private grant offered directly through the school.
Grants for Minorities
Admissions Quest offers a list of grantors, compiled by the NAIS, that offer grants and scholarships to students of color. A Better Chance is a program that provides learning grant opportunities to New Jersey students; schools include the Princeton Day School, Kent Place School, The Lawrenceville School and The Pennington School. To discuss qualifications, contact the financial aid office of your private school or A Better Place directly.
There are several other private school grant organizations as well. Children First, the Children's Scholarship Fund, CITY PREP and Prep for Prep are just some of the organizations that assist parents of children who wish to attend private school. While private school can be extraordinarily expensive, no child should rule out applying because of money considerations. Private schools are anxious to provide diversity for their students, and that includes those whose parents can't afford to pay retail price.
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