Some tips for getting grants for a student to attend a private high school include applying for admission early, contacting the school directly about school-administered grants and researching private scholarships awarded to students at the target school in the past, according to Private Schools. The student should also cultivate a wide array of interests to increase the odds of qualifying for interest-based grants from private foundations and other organizations.
A relatively small number of grants are available for students to attend private high schools, and the ones that do exist are highly competitive, according to Private Schools. Many private high schools provide a small number of grants to their incoming students based on merit, and these are awarded either on a first-come basis to qualified students or based on a lottery system of eligible students. In either case, applying to the school early so the student is in the first round of admissions decisions is the best way to ensure the student has the opportunity to qualify for school-administered grants.
Many private high schools also control grant money donated by private foundations and other organizations. The donor organization lets the school choose the recipient of the grant, according to Private Schools. The best strategy to make sure a student is considered for this type of grant is to talk to school officials early in the admission process to identify opportunities. This allows the student to tailor admissions material to qualify for a specific private grant program.
Parents can also research third-party grants that were awarded to past students at a private high school by speaking to school officials or making use of grant databases available over the Internet, notes Grant Space.