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Q:
Where can I find grants to pay for private elementary, middle or high school tuition?
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Finding grants to pay for private K-12 tuition will be challenging since most foundation grants are for college-level students.  Before seeking foundation grants to help offset the costs of private education, you should first pursue the following:

    1. Contact the school's financial aid or administrative office, as it may be able to connect you with resources specifically for its students.  About 20% of students in private schools receive some need-based support.
       
    2. Find out if your state’s Department of Education  provides vouchers or other financial assistance to attend private schools. Or start with the Interactive Guide to School Choice from the National Conference of State Legislators, one of the most up-to-date comparisons of voucher laws by state, so you’ll know where your region stands.   
       
    3. If you are considering a Catholic school, many archdioceses provide tuition assistance for schools in their jurisdiction. Look up your diocese by zip code at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
       
    4. Consult the book How to Find Scholarships and Free Financial Aid for Private High School, a guide to where to find free money specifically for private high school tuition. Available at booksellers and at some public libraries.

Finally, you can search for foundation grants with Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, our searchable database of grantmakers that give directly to individual grantseekers. Start with a Type of Support search for "Precollege support".

To search from your own computer, subscribe online. You also can use it for free at our libraries and Funding Information Network locations.

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