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  • We seek motivated, high-achieving, talented students with character and promise—

    and then we partner with parents to make Rabun Gap an affordable choice.
When Andrew Ritchie founded Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1903, his main aspiration was to offer an exceptional educational experience to all students, regardless of their ability to pay. Today, we remain committed to this central pillar of our mission.

Our admissions and financial aid staff works with families to make a Rabun Gap education a reality for their child. Each family’s situation is different, and there are many different levels of financial aid awarded. We also offer interest-free, monthly payment plans.
All students receive some level of support in our commitment to affordability because the school’s endowment provides resources to keep tuition lower than many of our peer schools.

Unlike most independent schools, the majority of our students (75%) receive need-based financial aid and merit scholarships. This commitment creates a community of students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, one of Rabun Gap’s unique assets. We value diversity in all forms and offer your child an opportunity to grow and learn in a community reflective of their future.

2020-21 Tuition

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  • Day

    Lower School Day Student (Grades PreK-5)
    $9,470

    Middle School Day Student (Grades 6-8)
    $19,100

    Upper School Day Student (Grades 9-12) 
    $21,600
  • Domestic Boarding

    Middle School Domestic Boarding Student (Grades 6-8)
    $59,700

    Upper School Domestic Boarding Student (Grades 9-12)
    $55,900
  • International Boarding

    Middle School International Boarding Student (Grades 6-8)
    $62,600

    Upper School International Boarding Student (Grades 9-12)
    $62,600

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  • Financial Aid Deadlines

    We are now considering applications for the 2020-2021 academic year on a rolling basis, space permitting. Please contact the Admission Office to inquire about space.
Families receive notification of their child’s financial aid award with acceptance. The grant offer is confirmed once Rabun Gap receives the student’s signed contract and non-refundable enrollment deposit.

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  • Early Decision New Families (Boarding Only)

    December 1
  • Returning Lower School

    December 15
  • New Families - Boarding Regular Decision

    February 2
  • New Families - Day Regular Decision

    February 2
  • Returning Middle & Upper School

    January 12

How to Apply

Financial aid grants are made for one year only -  therefore, you must reapply each year. Domestic and international students have different methods for applying for financial aid.

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  • Domestic Students

    File an online application through the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Program. The FAST program is designed to be very responsive to families. It is flexible in terms of the information it will accommodate, thus allowing families to represent their own particular circumstances accurately. To ease the online application process, FAST provides 24/7 help-desk support.

    FAST provides us with a needs-based financial aid analysis service which ensures that our process for establishing financial need adheres to nationally established standards of best practice. All information from FAST is kept confidential, as is all information pertaining to a family's financial aid request.
    The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. Online e-mail and a 24/7 helpline (1-877-326-3278) is provided. The charge for the application is $43 to be paid by credit card at the end of the session. After completing the online application, you will be required to mail your Federal Tax returns with all schedules and W-2's to:

    F.A.S.T. Processing
    ISM
    1316 North Union Street
    Wilmington, DE 19806-2594

    Including the School's name on the outside of the envelope will ensure faster processing of your application.
  • For Divorced Families

    In cases of divorce, each parent/household must complete one F.A.S.T. application (as “Family One” and “Family Two”) and send in all required documents. Information entered is kept confidential, and family information is kept separate.

    The Financial Aid Committee will consider the resources of both natural parents. If the custodial parent has remarried, we consider the resources of the step-parent, bearing in mind the obligation that the step-parent has to his or her own natural children.

    If the non-custodial parent is not included in the child’s life, the custodial parent should contact Nichole Healy the Director of Financial Aid at nhealy@rabungap.org to outline the situation and answer any questions regarding family circumstances.
  • International Students

    Please fill out the International Financial Aid form for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School and send the application to internationalaid@rabungap.org.

    Families will receive notification of their child’s financial aid award with acceptance. The grant offer is confirmed once Rabun Gap receives the student’s signed contract and non-refundable enrollment deposit.

    In case of divorce, each parent/household must complete one International Aid application each (two separate applications) and send in any relevant documents. Information entered is kept confidential, and family information is kept separate. Please see "For Divorced Families" above for more information. 

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  • Our Financial Aid Program

    Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s financial aid and scholarship program seeks to provide qualified, motivated students from a broad socioeconomic background with the opportunity to attend Rabun Gap. However, Rabun Gap recognizes that the primary responsibility for financing an independent school education rests with the student’s parents. We recognize that parents must plan carefully and make sacrifices to meet a full year’s education expenses. We are committed to working with families to simplify the financial aid application process and
    payment options so that the focus can be on your child’s education.
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Situations that Affect Financial Aid Awards

  • Number of siblings attending Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
  • Number of siblings attending college
  • Temporary changes in income
  • Health or crisis circumstances

Merit & Special Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available upon admission to new students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability, leadership skills, and are of excellent character. Currently, Rabun Gap offers the following merit-based and special scholarship programs for students new to the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School community. Merit scholarships cannot be combined.

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  • Alumni Scholarships

    These scholarships are designed to recognize our legacy students. The structure for the Alumni Scholarships are as follows:

    • $1,500 reduction in published tuition for Lower School day students
    • $2,500 reduction in published tuition for Middle School day students
    • $5,000 reduction in published tuition for Upper School day students
    • $10,000 reduction in published tuition for boarding students
    The applicant must have a parent, grandparent or legal guardian that attended Rabun Gap. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other merit or special scholarship. The family can apply for additional need-based aid, if desired. Alumni should notify the Admission Office of their year of attendance to qualify for this scholarship. The Alumni Scholarship is awarded upon acceptance to Rabun Gap.
  • Presbyterian Fellows Scholarships

    Presbyterian Fellows Scholarships are academic and character awards for Middle School and Upper School students. Presbyterian Fellows Scholarships are available to students who are active members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) entering Rabun Gap for the first time. Nominees for this scholarship must receive an endorsement letter from the Session of a Presbyterian Church, (PCUSA), indicating that the student is an active and participating member of their nominating Presbyterian Church. Minimum requirements are that the student must have achieved grades of “B” or better and demonstrate strong moral character and citizenship.

    For more information about this merit scholarship, contact Nichole Healy at nhealy@rabungap.org, or at 706-746-7722.
  • The Woodruff Scholarships

    The Woodruff Scholarships are academic and character scholarships for Middle and Upper School students. Minimum criteria for Woodruff scholars are as follows: have achieved grades of “B” or better, score in the top 25% on the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), and demonstrate strong leadership skills and abilities (as indicated on teacher evaluation forms). No action is required by the family for this scholarship; this is awarded upon acceptance to Rabun Gap.

Contact Us For More Information

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    Nichole Healy 

    Director of Financial Aid
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    DaRel Christiansen 

    Director of Admission

Next Steps

To learn more about making Rabun Gap affordable for your family, please call our Admission Office at 706-746-7720 or email admission@rabungap.org
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.