Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s financial aid and scholarship program seeks to provide qualified, motivated students from a broad socio-economic 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 expense. We are committed to working with families to simplify the financial aid process and payment options so that the focus can be on your child's education.
All families receive some assistance with the cost of a Rabun Gap education, as the tuition does not cover the yearly cost to educate a student. More than $7 million in financial aid grants for full and partial tuition assistance is awarded annually. This means approximately 75% of our families receive either merit or need-based financial assistance to make Rabun Gap a reality for their child's education.
Financial aid is available not only to families with limited financial resources, but also to families that may need a minor subsidy. While it is the goal of the Financial Aid Committee to help as many families as possible, each year the number of applications for financial aid is greater than the number of available awards.
Although demonstrated need is the first requirement for financial aid, the final decision is based on the student's overall academic achievement, personal strengths, and their potentially positive impact in the Rabun Gap community. Financial aid awards are based on a family’s demonstrated financial need without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or ethnic origin. Financial aid decisions are made independently from admission decisions.
Rabun Gap offers need-based financial assistance to families to help bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the cost of tuition. Need-based financial aid is a grant that does not require repayment. While Rabun Gap commits more than $7 million dollars annually to financial assistance, the school is not able to fulfill every request for assistance.