Say the words private school and people immediately conjure up images of identically dressed members of the elite. Books in hand, pressed against their chests, marching down a columned corridor in orderly fashion. There are many myths surrounding private schools, but one of the most prevalent is that you have to be rich to attend.
(WATCH: Our Kids’ tips on how to pay for private school.)
Private school attendance has been on the rise for the past two decades, and with that rise has come a surge of new blood. There are a variety of reasons why parents and students choose to attend private schools. And for this reason there are so many different avenues to approach when looking for financing.
If you’re thinking of sending your child to private school, don’t be discouraged by the price of tuition, there are options available to help you. “Private schools want your kids, and they want to make it accessible to everybody,” says Mara Shapiro, Our Kids Community Manager and mother of three. There are all kinds of bursaries and scholarships available. Many that go unclaimed every year. Don’t forget to check out our Financial Aid Tool.
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What bursaries or scholarships have you used to help pay for private school? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.