The Bedford School’s Scholarship Committee recognizes each family’s commitment to provide an appropriate special needs education for their child. Individualized attention, a hallmark of Bedford’s success, is driven by a low student/teacher ratio. Tuition in schools with such a low, intensive ratio is higher than other traditional private schools, but the return for the cost is much greater. In order to assist families who have difficulty paying full tuition, a limited amount of tuition assistance is available each year to qualifying applicants.
• The average scholarship amount awarded for qualifying applicants for the 2016-2017 school year was $3634 ($6012, if also including the GA Special Needs scholarships).
Financial aid recommendations are made to Bedford’s Scholarship Committee by FACTS, an independent company which provides a comprehensive financial needs report. This report assists the committee in determining the amount of tuition assistance granted. Using a comparative formula that takes into account Bedford’s yearly financial aid budget, each family’s income, estimation of parental contribution, and students’ merit, the Scholarship Committee determines each family’s financial aid eligibility. The committee considers any funds that students receive from the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) as financial assistance; therefore, financial aid awards are adjusted according to students’ GSNS.
Bedford currently has three categories of available scholarship funds: Apogee Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) funds, Goizuetta Foundation funds (designated for students of Hispanic/Latino origin), and Bedford unrestricted scholarship funds. Currently, the majority of financial aid available to students is provided through donations to Bedford’s SSO, Apogee. Through this program, Georgia taxpayers can redirect Georgia income tax dollars to eligible Georgia private schools. The state of Georgia has defined parameters as to who is eligible to receive an SSO scholarship:
- Students eligible to enroll in a GA qualified (public) 1st grade program
- Students currently enrolled in a GA public school (TBS requires that a student must have attended at least one full semester of public school to be considered eligible.)
- Home-schooled students and Charter school students
- Students who previously qualified for SSO funds at Bedford or another private school
Bedford’s Financial Aid Committee meets to determine the amount of aid to be awarded to all verified applications. Letters confirming decisions on financial aid will be mailed to applicants. Tuition assistance awarded is based on available funds each school year. The completion of the financial aid application is not a binding agreement that assistance is available or will be granted.