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Boarding Schools with full tuition scholarships

hlee8956hlee8956 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
edited December 2008 in Prep School Chances
Does anyone know of boarding schools that give full tuition based on financial aid and merit?

Thank You.
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Replies to: Boarding Schools with full tuition scholarships

  • xoogabyxooxoogabyxoo Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Weeeell, Andover gives need based scholarships, so they give as much as you need. The average financial aid is only about half of the tuition, though.
  • latin55555latin55555 Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    Most schools give full scholarships. They are really generous when it comes to scholarships. They feel if the canidate is qualified for their school, they should be able to attend.
  • BrooklynGuyBrooklynGuy Registered User Posts: 666 Member
    Please see this link:

    Phillips Academy - Need Blind Admission at Andover

    You will see that 12% of the students are getting full scholarships, and the average grant is $33,000 for boarding students, which is way more than half the tuition.

    Andover, and many other schools as well, can be quite generous if they really want you to attend.
  • xoogabyxooxoogabyxoo Registered User Posts: 86 Junior Member
    Is it harder to get in if you want financial aid? Because I'm applying for Andover, but even if I get, I can only go on the condition of having a full scholarship.

    How do they determine your "need", though? Just the salary?
  • BrooklynGuyBrooklynGuy Registered User Posts: 666 Member
    At Andover (and some other schools), admission is need-blind. That means the school will pay the complete amount of your family's financial need. It is not just based on salary alone. Your parents will fill out a form that they submit that determines what your estimated family contribution will be. Some schools expect you to pay more than that, but some will actually give you more money, so you will pay less than the calculations say.

    See also this link:

    Phillips Academy - Financial Aid FAQs

    At some schools, needing financial aid CAN make it more difficult to gain acceptance.

    Good luck with your search!
  • WintersetWinterset Registered User Posts: 717 Member
    Look st St. Paul's School, Exeter, Andover and Deerfield for starters. Most offer substantial aid, assuming you 'merit' it and a number are 'need blind'. The current Wall Street debacle will but pressure on all schools, especially those less endowed. St. Paul's this fall reported that "As a general rule, families of admitted students who have a household income of $80,000 or less qualify for full financial aid." Full means just that. Also recognize that many schools have specific endowments (left by alums) for geographic areas or particular skills, SO ask around.
  • McPucks1357McPucks1357 Registered User Posts: 388 Member
    Look into the United World Colleges. Its a two year IB program with full tuition and board scholarships. Sophomores and Juniors can apply. UWC - UWC Homepage
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    Boarding Schools that I know (personal knowledge) have given full (need-based) scholarships in the past: Andover, Exeter, St. Paul's, Putney, Northfield Mount Hermon, Conserve, Culver, United World Colleges (multiple campuses).

    Remember that the schools calculate your need -- and it is based on income and assets.
  • CanyonCreekCanyonCreek Registered User Posts: 69 Junior Member
    Culver Academies (Culver, IN) offers the Batten scholarships ([url]www.culver.org):[/url]

    "Since 1999, the Batten Scholars Program provides six freshman and/or first-year sophomore students with the educational opportunity of a lifetime. The Batten Scholarship is a full-tuition, merit scholarship that also includes room and board, required fees, uniforms, and books. The scholarship is renewable annually. Recipients who continue to excel academically, as a student leader, and in extracurricular activities will realize a total, four-year value in excess of $150,000."
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