The FBRA experience is now more attainable than ever. French Broad River Academy offers financial aid to families who qualify on the basis of need. In recent years we have expanded our capacity to offer aid so that we can invest in more students from diverse backgrounds, with aid amounts ranging from $2,000 - $19,500. We are committed to enrolling students for whom full tuition might be a barrier to considering FBRA. Once enrolled, each student has the exact same experience in our transformative middle school. Contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss your situation.
In addition, FBRA participates in the Opportunity Scholarship and Education Student Accounts (ESA+) Programs through the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The NC General Assembly has expanded the program funding in recent years, and it is now open to families of all income levels, pending availability of funds. Families with lower incomes can receive larger scholarships, but there is no income cap to receive the minimum grant of $3,246. The application portal opens on February 1, 2024, and priority consideration is given to applications received by March 1, 2024. These state grants can be a way to complement direct aid received from French Broad River Academy.
More About The Financial Aid Process:
- For the 24/25 school year, the application window will open on October 1, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and grants awarded based on availability of funds.
- Families applying for need-based aid are also encouraged to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship and/or Disabilities Grant through NCSEAA (NC State Education Assistance Authority). For the 24/25 school year, their application window opens on February 1, 2024.
- All families applying for financial aid must complete the FACTS application. This is a third party application where families will be asked to submit their financial information. You will be asked about income, assets, and debt, along with other family and financial information.
- Families must also apply for student admission in order to be considered for financial aid.
Tuition for the 2024/25 school year is $21,950. Several payment plans are available. Tuition includes all school materials, textbooks, a laptop for in-school use, certain uniform items, some meals, and all domestic field lessons, overnight trips, and the Costa Rica International Field Experience.*
*All students travel to Costa Rica in the spring of 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and the cost of this trip is included in the tuition. However, if trip airfares exceed $600, parents will be invoiced for the excess amount, not to exceed $500. For example, if airfare is $450, there will be no invoices sent. If airfare is $795, families will be invoiced the $195 overage amount.