Affording a Barnesville Education

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." – Benjamin Franklin

We believe our students' experience is made better and our community stronger through a commitment to socioeconomic diversity.

We don’t want cost to be a roadblock for any family who believes Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is the best environment for their child to learn and grow. Each year, we factor tuition assistance needs into our budget. The impact of those financial aid awards is reflected in our Variable Tuition Ranges.

Need-Based Variable Tuition

Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program that allows families to apply for reduced tuition, making a Barnesville education accessible to more families.

The ability to adjust tuition based on a family's need not only benefits those families, it enriches the learning community by creating an environment of socioeconomic diversity — one that better prepares students to thrive when they leave our campus.

Scholarships

Scholarships help offset the cost of your child’s private education while building their resume from an early age. Consider applying for the merit-based Cohen Scholarship for Academic Achievement.

Payment Plans

Our business office partners with our families, providing payment plans via FACTS offering 4, 9, and 12 month tuition & fees installment plans.

Additional Financial Resources

As you consider investing in your child's future through an Independent School Education, please consider the following resources for support:

Your Tuition Solution

Sallie Mae

CHOICES Scholarship Program (available for Virginia residents only)

Commonweal Foundation

John Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program (available for rising 8th graders only)

What is Variable Tuition?

What is Variable Tuition?

Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program that allows families to apply for reduced tuition, making a Barnesville education accessible to more families.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

Any family (current or new) may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate.

How is Need Determined?

Families submit a financial statement to Schools and Student Services (SSS) provided by the National Association of Independent Schools, a third-party that estimates the amount a family can contribute to school expenses. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

It is not possible for a family or the School to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the School’s business office. We work within the available resources to make the School accessible to as many students and families as possible.

What is the Deadline to Apply for Variable Tuition?

Completed documents must be submitted by February 15, 2017. Variable Tuition Financial Aid applications submitted after the February 15, 2017 due date will be considered only as funds remain available.

Does Applying for Variable Tuition Impact Admission?

An application for Variable Tuition Financial Aid does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process.

Variable Tuition FAQs for Prospective Parents

Should every new family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the full tuition should submit an application.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new students, application to Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.

Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student’s chance of being admitted to the school?
No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?
A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

Are some families awarded full tuition?
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?
No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to Debbie Don at 301-972-0341 ext. 237.

Variable Tuition FAQs for Current Parents

Should every returning family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the full tuition should submit an application.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Our family is currently receiving Financial Aid. Is this different than Variable Tuition?
Variable Tuition is a new way of presenting our Financial Aid program. We are publishing Variable Tuition Ranges to show families the tuition-reducing impact financial aid can have, depending on your financial circumstances.

Do returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition? Yes. Re-enrolling students who submit an application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?
A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

Are some families awarded full tuition?
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.

Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?
No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to Debbie Don at 301-972-0341 ext. 237.

An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

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21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
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