Tuition & Financial Aid

Affording Pace

A Pace Academy education is life-changing. Financing this opportunity is a major investment in your child’s future. We are committed to making the full Pace experience affordable for families.
Each year, Pace awards over $3.4 million in need-based grants to nearly 15% of our students, providing access and opportunity to the brightest and most remarkable young people across metro Atlanta. We know that we are stronger if our community reflects the greater socio-economic diversity of our city and the U.S.

Understandably, families often ask if there is an income above which a family does not qualify for financial aid at Pace. Income is one of a great number of factors considered by the impartial School and Student Service by the National Association of Independent Schools (SSS by NAIS), our financial aid application provider. There is no magic number that determines whether a family will qualify to receive need-based financial aid. Other factors that allow SSS by NAIS and our Financial Aid Committee to determine a family’s financial strength and demonstrated need include but are not limited to: family assets, number of dependents and number of children in tuition-charging institutions.

We are need-blind in our admissions review process, and decisions are made independent of a student’s financial need. Only after an applicant has been deemed qualified for admission does a separate and smaller Financial Aid Committee determine that student’s financial aid grant.Applying for financial aid is the first step in determining a family’s eligibility for assistance. A family’s grant is in place for the year, and families must reapply annually by February 15. 

For snapshots of the unique financial situations of families currently receiving financial aid at Pace, please reference the chart below.

Need-based Financial Aid Case Studies*

Family of 3 (1 Upper Schooler) Family of 4 (1 Middle Schooler and 1 Upper Schooler) Family of 5 (1 Lower Schooler, 1 Middle Schooler, and 1 Upper Schooler)

$29,715 
Total tuition for 1 child before aid grant

$59,430
Total tuition for 2 children before aid grant

$85,230
Total tuition for 3 children before aid grant

$175,000
Adjusted gross income for family

$150,000
Adjusted gross income for family

$260,000
Adjusted gross income for family

$17,715
Total aid awarded for 2019-2020 school year

$45,430
Total aid awarded for 2019-2020 school year

$40,230
Total aid awarded for 2019-2020 school year

$12,000
Family’s tuition responsibility for 2019-2020 school year (60% need-based reduction)

$14,000
Family’s tuition responsibility for 2019-2020 school year (76% need-based reduction)

$45,000
Family’s tuition responsibility for 2019-2020 school year (47% need-based reduction)

*based on real financial aid data using 2019-2020 tuition rates

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