Resources › For Students and Parents Full Tuition Scholarships at Private Schools Find out which schools offer a full ride Share Flipboard Email Print DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images For Students and Parents Private School For Parents & Educators Choosing a Private School Homework Help Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Stacy Jagodowski Education Expert M.A., Communications and Information Management, Bay Path College B.A., Journalism and Design, Mount Holyoke College Stacy Jagodowski has over 15 years of experience in admissions, teaching, and marketing and communications for private schools. our editorial process Stacy Jagodowski Updated April 28, 2018 Attending private school can be an expensive investment, especially when you consider that even day school tuitions might reach upwards of $30,000 a year. That's not to mention the many boarding schools who have tuition that goes well above $50,000 a year. But, thanks to financial aid and scholarships, including full-tuition scholarships, a private school education can be more affordable than you think. While full scholarships are not necessarily the norm, they do exist. Families who are interested in having the full cost of a private school education covered should not only look for these coveted scholarships but also look at schools who offer generous financial aid packages. No, not every school will grant a full-tuition financial aid package; it's true that some schools require that all families contribute something to the cost of a private school education. But, there are many schools that are committed to meeting the full need of qualified families. Here are four east coast schools that offer full tuition scholarships and/or full financial aid. 01 of 04 Cheshire Academy Cheshire Academy College Prep Coed Boarding and Day SchoolLocated in Cheshire, ConnecticutServing grades 9-12 and Postgraduate Cheshire Academy offers one full tuition scholarship to qualified day students from the Town of Cheshire, as well as financial aid to qualified students. Learn more about both here. Established in 1937, the Town Scholarship at Cheshire Academy is open to students entering the ninth grade, and who live in the Town of Cheshire. The prestigious award provides the top candidate with a full tuition scholarship for all four years of his or her day student career at Cheshire Academy. Selection for the award is based on citizenship, scholarship, leadership demonstration and abilities, and potential to be a positive contributor to both Cheshire Academy and the greater community. For Town Scholarship consideration, candidates must: Be residents of Cheshire, Connecticut for more than a yearComplete the eighth grade by June 30 of the year prior to matriculationComplete a personal interview and applicationSubmit the required Town Scholarship essay Take the SSAT The award is announced in March A select number of partial scholarships are awarded to runners-up. 02 of 04 Fenn School Fenn School Day SchoolLocated in Concord, MassachusettsServing boys in grades 4 through 9 The Fenn School offers 100% financial aid awards, which include tuition, transportation, tutoring, an iPad, summer camp, band, instrumental lessons, trips, social events for boys and families, as well as incidentals like new cleats, band instruments, blazer, etc. According to Amy Jolly, Director of Admission & Financial Aid at Fenn, the full scholarships make up about 7% of their financial aid students, and overall, 40% of the financial aid awards they offer to families are for more than 95% of the cost of attending Fenn. They even offer free gently used dress-code clothes for their financial aid students, but offer up the "store" to anyone in the school for a small fee. 03 of 04 Westchester Country Day School Westchester Country Day School College Prep Day SchoolLocated in High Point, North CarolinaServing students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 Westchester Country Day School offers a number of scholarships, some that are full tuition scholarships and some that are a percentage of the full tuition. The full tuition scholarships are done through their merit scholarship program, which was started in 2013. Full tuition scholarships are offered for one riding sixth-grade student and one rising ninth grade student. Both new and returning students are eligible for the scholarship, providing that the student demonstrates: outstanding academic achievementexemplary characterwell-rounded participation in school and community The scholarship funds full tuition and is renewable for the Middle or Upper school term provided that the student remains in good standing within his or her division. The application process begins as early as September the year before matriculation, with applications, essays, and interviews due as part of the application process. Recipients are notified in March. 04 of 04 Phillips Exeter Academy Phillips Academy Exeter. Photo © etnobofin College prep boarding schoolLocated in Exeter, New HampshireServing coed students in grades 9-12 and PG In the fall of 2007, the school announced that for families whose incomes are $75,000 or less, qualified students would be able to attend the prestigious institution free of charge. This still stands true today, which essentially offers all qualified families a full-tuition scholarship, means that a vast majority of middle-income families would actually have the opportunity to send their children to one of the best boarding schools in the country, for free.