The Rockbridge Academy Tuition Assistance program exists to make a classical and Christian education accessible for families with limited means, to assist families weathering temporary financial difficulties, and to advance the mission of the school by maximizing enrollment. The Tuition Assistance program is funded exclusively by donations.
- A student must be enrolled at Rockbridge Academy for the prospective school year in order for an application for tuition assistance to be considered.
- Existing tuition accounts must be current. Tuition assistance grants will be revoked if the prior year account is not paid in full before the first day of school.
- Rockbridge Academy uses the FACTS Grant & Aid system to receive tuition assistance applications. The tuition assistance application must be completed, and all requested tax forms submitted, before an application will be considered. If the tax forms are not immediately available, any award will be contingent upon verification of the tax returns when completed.
- Tuition assistance does not renew automatically and must be applied for each year.
- In the case of divorce or separation, both parents must complete a FACTS Grant & Aid application
- Acceptance of tuition assistance for a given school year disqualifies family members from accompanying the Grand Tour at the end of that school year. Parents of rising juniors should be mindful of this restriction before applying for or accepting a tuition assistance award.
Tuition Assistance Deadlines
Applications may be submitted at any time, although first consideration is given to applications received by March 15. The Tuition Assistance Committee begins considering completed applications on March 15 and continues to consider applications until all of the available funds are awarded or all applications have been addressed. We aim to provide a response within approximately two weeks from when the application is complete.
Appeals. An award determination may be appealed to the Tuition Assistance Committee. An appeal must be in writing and should present new or different information. Written appeals should be made to the headmaster with factual clarity and dispassion.
Withdrawals. Tuition assistance is accrued to the family account at the same rate as the family receiving tuition pays their portion of the tuition. If a student withdraws from school during the year, or is expelled, all unused portions of the tuition assistance will be retained in or returned to the Tuition Assistance Fund.
Change in Financial Circumstances. Parents are expected to try to pay more toward their children’s tuition if their financial situation improves during the year so that more needy families may be assisted. Therefore, parents must notify the school if the family’s financial condition changes during the year. Failure to comply will affect eligibility for further assistance.
Mid-year Financial Hardship. Funds are reserved for hardship needs that may arise during the course of the school year. If a family experiences a financial disruption mid-year and funds are still available, the application will be considered.
Strict confidentiality will be maintained throughout the entire application process. This includes information submitted to FACTS as well as any communication made directly to the school. Confidentiality extends to all documents submitted, including tax returns and personal financial data.
All awards are made without regard to race, color, national, or ethnic origin.