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Planning and Paying for Private K-12 Schools provides information about private elementary, middle and secondary schools in the United States. These are sometimes referred to as independent schools, and include religious day schools as well as boarding schools. These schools do not receive government funding, and most charge tuition to cover their operating costs.

This site includes detailed information about paying for private K-12 schools, as well as guides to choosing a private school.

Financial Aid

The financial aid section includes information about scholarship and voucher programs, education loan programs, tuition payment plans and alternatives to education loans and tuition payment plans. There is also some discussion of tuition refund insurance and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

Finding and Choosing a School

The school search section includes private school search and a public school search tools from the US Department of Education, as well as a discussion of key differences between public and private schools.

Other Resources

Other useful resources include a list of national professional organizations for private K-12 schools and a list of preparatory programs to help minority students enroll in private schools.

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