5 Smart Ways to Save Money for Tuition to a Private School

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Sending your child to a private school has many benefits, such as small class sizes, individualized attention, and access to specialized programs. However, with these benefits often come hefty price tags that can add up quickly. 

For families who are considering or already have enrolled their child in a private school, saving money on tuition can become a top priority. St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, a private Blue Ribbon school in Florida, looks at some ways to save money for tuition.

Related Post: What Does it Mean To Be a Blue Ribbon School?

1. 529 Plan

The 529 plan is an investment account designed to help parents and families save money for college expenses. However, many are unaware that this plan can also be used to benefit K-12 private school tuition. 

By contributing to a 529 plan, families can receive tax-free withdrawals for private school tuition expenses, making private school education more accessible to families who may not have considered it an option. The 529 plan allows families to save for tuition while also benefiting from potential tax deductions and growth opportunities, giving them greater financial flexibility and control over their child’s education.

2. Family Empowerment Scholarship

Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship is a groundbreaking program designed to empower students attending a K-12 private school by offering them financial assistance. This program gives priority to children in foster care or who have a household income below 186% of the federal poverty level. Still, students from higher-income homes are welcome to apply. The goal is to give more families in Florida the opportunity to send their children to a school of their choice.

3. ESAs

Education Savings Accounts, or ESAs, provide a unique opportunity for K-12 students to receive a tailored education not limited by geographic or financial constraints. They are taxpayer-funded accounts offered to families with certain financial constraints to be used on education. The funds deposited into the account can be used for tuition, books, tutoring services, and technology equipment.

4. Private Scholarships and Grants

Students and their families can apply for financial scholarships and grants through private institutions or from the state of Florida itself. 

You can search and find opportunities based on income levels, academic excellence, and even for various ethnicities and religions, depending on the institution offering the scholarship.

5. Financial Aid from the School

Private schools typically have financial aid opportunities available that students and their families are welcome to apply for. The financial aid office may also be able to point you in the direction of scholarships or grants that may apply to you.

St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School has scholarship and financial aid opportunities available to students who qualify.

St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School

St. Cecelia, located in Clearwater, Florida, is a nationally recognized two-time Blue Ribbon School. We have financial aid options available for families who qualify. To learn more about enrollment, please visit our website or contact us online.

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