Links of Interest

Find more information on these topics at the links below:

Independent School Admissions

NAIS member schools strive to uphold Principles of Good Practice, guidelines that set high standards and define ethical behavior in more than a dozen important areas of independent school operations. Each set of principles was drafted by an NAIS committee of practitioners in that professional area and submitted to the NAIS board of trustees for approval.

Two of the areas the Principles of Good Practice cover are especially relevant to families who want to learn more about how schools operate.

 

Educational Consultants

Independent Educational Consultants Association members specialize in helping families select and apply to international schools, boarding schools, schools for students with learning disabilities, and other independent schools.

 

Boarding Schools

Junior Boarding Schools Association represents 14 schools that specialize in elementary and middle school education in a residential setting. Get member links; perspectives from parents, faculty, students, and alumni; essays on the junior boarding school experience; and other resources. 

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) provides definitions and links to different types of boarding schools, including military, junior boarding, pre-professional arts, etc., as well as information for international families and application advice.

Western Boarding Schools Association represents more than three dozen college-preparatory schools in the western United States and Canada. The site provides a school finder, a calendar of school fairs, and application materials.

 

Single-Sex Education

International Boys’ School Coalition represents 150 independent and parochial boys’ schools worldwide.

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools offers guidance on "Why a Girls' School" along with “Tips for Parents” and “Tips for Girls.” You can also search a state-by-state listing of more than 100 girls’ schools in the Member Directory.

 

International Schools

Canadian Association of Independent Schools includes a membership listing you can search for more than 75 schools by province or school type.

Council of International Schools provides a member directory of international schools.

 

Financial Aid Application Forms

School and Student Services (SSS by NAIS) processes financial aid for many independent schools. Ask your school if it uses the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), which is the financial aid application form. You'll find links to the form and other helpful information for families on the SSS by NAIS parents' website.

 

Loan Services

Financial aid loan programs are tuition-loan services especially for kindergarten through 12th grade. Ask the school to which you’re applying if it has any preferred loan companies, perhaps connected with its tuition-payment plan.

 

Tuition Payment Plans

Tuition payment plans allow you to make monthly payments for independent school fees and tuition, instead of paying in one or two lump sums. Typically, payment plans are coordinated between a financial services company and individual schools and are offered to families for a relatively small fee. Ask your school if it recommends certain plans or providers.

 

Tax-Advantaged Savings Programs

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are tax-friendly accounts that families can use for K-12 private school expenses, as well as higher education. You can learn more at http://finaid.org/savings/coverdell.phtml and in the IRS publication “Tax Benefits for Education.” (Note that the IRS publication covers more than just Coverdell accounts, including many tax-related programs that are exclusively for college expenses.)

 

Merit Aid/Scholarships

The majority of financial aid available to families attending independent schools comes directly from the schools, so the first step in researching scholarships is to talk to the school. Also look into scholarship programs offered by local chapters of national organizations like the Rotary Club, employers, churches, civic organizations, and your local Chamber of Commerce. Some of these are listed below. 
 
FinAid links to national, regional, and specialized scholarship programs and voucher programs for private K-12 schools at http://www.privateschools.com/scholarships.phtml.
 
NAIS has compiled the following list of scholarship programs for informational purposes only. The information has been verified to the best of NAIS’s ability. NAIS cannot be held responsible if certain programs cease operations, alter their program details, or change contact information. Because these organizations are largely
funded through voluntary, private donations, programs may change at any time. Contact the agencies for specific program terms, descriptions, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

Abell Foundation, Inc. (Maryland)
Contact
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD   21202
abell@abell.org
410-547-1300
http://www.abell.org
For students in
State: Maryland
Counties: Baltimore
 
Arizona School Choice Trust
Contact
PO Box 1616
Phoenix, AZ   85311
info@asct.org
623-414-3429
http://www.asct.org
For students in
State: Arizona 
Affiliations
Childrens Scholarship Fund
Restrictions
Income-based

BASIC Fund (California)​
Contact
268 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA   94104
415-986-5650
http://www.basicfund.org
For students in
State: California
Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo 
Restrictions
Application period from January-April on a first come, first served basis. Maximum scholarship of $1,600/year.

BISON Scholarship Fund (New York)
Contact
PO Box 1134
Buffalo, NY   14205
info@bisonfund.com
(716) 854-0869
http://www.bisonfund.com
For students in
State: New York
Counties: City of Buffalo, Lackawanna, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Snyder/Eggertsville, Kenmore, and Town of Tonawanda

Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
Contact
808 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD   21201
(410) 752-2225
http://www.besttrust.org
For students in
State: Maryland
Counties: Baltimore

Black Student Fund (DC)
Contact
3636 16th Street NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC   20010
mail@blackstudentfund.org
(202) 387-1414
http://www.blackstudentfund.org
For students in
State: District of Columbia
Counties: DC Metropolitan area 

Boys' Club of New York
Contact
287 East 10th Street
New York, NY   10009
http://www.bcny.org
For students in
State: New York
Counties: NYC
Restrictions
Must become a member of the Boys' Club of New York.

CEO Connecticut
Contact
1000 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 1100
Bridgeport, CT   06604
http://ceoct.org/index.html​
For students in
State: Connecticut
Counties: Hartford and Bridgeport 
Affiliations
Children First America

Capital Partners For Education (DC)
Contact
1413 K Street, N.W., 2nd floor
Washington, DC 20005
http://www.cpfe.org
(202) 682-6020
For students in
State: District of Columbia
Counties: metropolitan area 
Restrictions
A GPA of 2.0-3.0 is required. Single-parent, low-income households.

Catholic Schools Foundation (Massachusetts)
Contact
260 Franklin Street, Suite 630
Boston, MA   02110
info@csfboston.org
https://www.csfboston.org/programs/
(617) 778-5981
For students in
State: Massachusetts
Counties: Boston area inner-city

Charles E. Ellis Trust For Girls (Pennsylvania)
Contact
215 S. Broad Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA   19107
http://www.ellistrust.org/
(215) 735-4480
For students in
State: Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia 

Children's Education Fund (Texas)
Contact
PO Box 225748
Dallas, TX  75222-5748
info@todayfoundation.org
http://www.todayfoundation.org
(214) 572-4487
For students in
State: Texas
Counties: Dallas County 

Children's Scholarship Fund
Contact
8 West 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY   10018
info@scholarshipfund.org
http://www.scholarshipfund.org
(212) 515-7100
Restrictions
Available to students entering grades K - 8

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation
Contact
100 West Monroe, Suite 500
Chicago, IL   60603
dmsf@dmsf.com
http://www.dmsf.org
(312) 455-7800
For students in
State: Illinois
Counties: Chicago

The Denver Foundation
Contact
55 Madison St, 8th Floor
Denver, CO 80206 
information@denverfoundation.org
http://www.denverfoundation.org
(303) 300-1790
For students in
State: Colorado
Counties: Denver public schools

Denver Urban Scholars (Colorado)
Contact
3532 Franklin Street, Suite T
Denver, CO   80205
http://denverurbanscholars.org/
For students in
State: Colorado
Counties: Denver metropolitan area

Latino Student Fund
Contact
PO Box 5403
Washington, DC   20016
director@latinostudentfund.org
http://www.latinostudentfund.org
(2020 244-3438
For students in
State: District of Columbia
Counties: Washington metropolitan area 
Restrictions
Maximum Scholarship: Grades PreK-5: $500

LINK Unlimited
Contact
2221 South State Street
Chicago, IL   60616
http://www.linkunlimited.org
(312) 225-5465
For students in
State: Illinois
Counties: Chicago metropolitan area 

Maine Community Foundation
Contact
245 Main St., Ellsworth ME 04605
(877) 700-6800
info@mainefc.org
http://mainecf.org/Scholarships/PrivateHighSchool/tabid/217/
For students in
State: Maine 

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Contact
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005 
info@nhcf.org
http://www.nhcf.org
For students in
State: New Hampshire
Counties: Belknap County

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance
Contact
PO Box 1599
Window Rock, AZ   86515
http://www.onnsfa.org
Affiliations
Office of DINE Youth 
Restrictions
Contingent upon available funds. For students entering grades 9-12, meeting the required GPA of 3.3.

Partners Advancing Values in Education (Wisconsin)
Contact
135 W. Wells Street, Ste. 850
Milwaukee, WI   53203
paveorg@yahoo.com
http://www.pave.org
(414) 263-2970
For students in
State: Wisconsin
Counties: Milwaukee

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting/Society of Friends
Contact
1515 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tomh@pym.org
http://www.pym.org
For students in
State: Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia area 

Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education
Contact
143 Prairie Avenue, 1st Floor
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 421-2010
http://www.riseonline.org
For students in
State: Rhode Island
Counties: Providence metropolitan area

Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children (New Jersey)
Contact
PO Box 9500
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ  07104-0500
(973) 497-4279
schofund@rcan.org
http://www.sficnj.org
For students in
State: New Jersey
Counties: Essex, Union, Hudson, and Bergen counties
Affiliations
Children's Scholarship Fund  

School CHOICE Scholarships, Inc. (Kentucky)
Contact
PO Box 221546
Louisville, KY 40252-1546
info@schoolchoiceky.org
http://www.schoolchoiceky.org
For students in
State: Kentucky
Counties: Jefferson and Oldham Counties

Shepherd Foundation (DC)
Contact
PO Box 50
Kensington, MD 20895
(240) 482-4963
info@theshepherdfoundation.org
http://www.theshepherdfoundation.org
For students in
State: District of Columbia
Counties: Washington metropolitan area  
Restrictions
Funds paid directly to the school on behalf of the students.

Skillman Foundation (Michigan)
Contact
100 Talon Centre Dr. Suite 100
Detroit, Michigan 48207
(313) 393-1185
mailbox@skillman.org
http://www.skillman.org
For students in
State: Michigan  
Restrictions
Not available to families.

Student/Partner Alliance (New Jersey)
Contact
PO Box 566
Millburn, NJ 07041
(973) 379-5878
http://www.studentpartneralliance.org
For students in
State: New Jersey 

Tri-County Scholarship Fund (New Jersey)
Contact
4 Century Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054
http://www.tcsfund.org
For students in
State: New Jersey 

Vermont Student Opportunity Scholarships (Vermont)
Contact
PO Box 232 
Williston, VT 05495
For students in
State: Vermont

Wight Foundation, Inc. (New Jersey)
Contact
60 Park Place, 17th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
wightfoundation@wightfoundation.org
http://www.wightfoundation.org
(973) 824-1195
For students in
State: New Jersey
Counties: Greater Newark area