Scholarships

 

Process

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. 

Financial aid recommendations are made to Bedford’s Scholarship Committee by School & Student Services (SSS), 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, SSS’s 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.

Policies

  • Applicants applying for financial aid must have completed the Admissions process to be considered for financial aid.
  • Financial aid decisions are made on an annual basis, and recipients must reapply annually.
  • Families will not be considered for financial aid unless the current year's tuition payments are up-to-date, and the family has completed re-enrollment for the upcoming year.
  • In the situation of divorced parents, both households including stepparents and/or partners are expected to contribute towards the cost of education, and both will be expected to participate in the financial aid application process.
  • Parents who own their own business will be required to furnish a copy of their current business tax return in addition to their personal tax returns.
  • All information supplied by the applicant is considered to be confidential.

 

Procedures (Requirements & Deadlines for the 2014-2015 school year)

The following requirements are mandatory for completion of the financial aid file:

  1. Applicants should complete and submit the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) at http://sss.nais.org (please submit one form, even for separate households). If you have problems with the PFS, please contact the Customer Service Center for Parents at 800-344-8328 (M-F 9am – 8pm, Sat. 9am – 4pm) or sss@nais.org. The SSS application fee of $39 is payable online via credit card. All information must be on file with SSS by March 28, 2014 in order to receive full consideration for financial aid.
  2. Applicants should submit the scholarship application & a copy of their prior year’s tax return to the Scholarship Committee no later than April 16, 2014 in order to receive full consideration for financial aid. Applications may be submitted after that date, but the majority of funds are awarded in the spring.

 

For additional financial aid information, please contact The Bedford School’s Scholarship Committee at scholarshipcomm@thebedfordschool.org.

 

The Bedford School maintains a non-discriminatory policy concerning admissions, employment, use of facilities, and scholarships on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, or national origin.