Financial Aid

At Tallulah Falls School, we believe the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent for families. Our desire is to enroll a talented, motivated and diverse group of students.

To reach this goal, we are committed to making a Tallulah Falls School education manageable for interested families.

Annual giving and support from major foundations allow us to offer substantial financial aid packages to qualified students.

Tallulah Falls School awards more than $3 million dollars in need-based financial aid to 70 percent of our student body. We also award merit scholarships to students annually based on their grade point averages. 

It is important to note the Admissions Committee and the Financial Aid Committee make decisions regarding admissions and financial aid independently.


To apply for financial aid, visit the FACTS financial aid portal by clicking the link below: 

   


After completing the online application, families will upload or fax all required supporting documentation to FACTS. Uploaded documents must be in PDF format and the size of each document must be less than 20 MB. If you are unable to upload, fax the required documents to 866.315.9264. Please DO NOT use your mobile device to photocopy required documents due to problems with legibility. 

All documentation received is imaged upon receipt and then destroyed. You may login to your FACTS user account to review the status of your application. Please allow 2 weeks processing time from the date you provided the supporting documents before inquiring further about receipt and/or status of the uploaded or faxed documents. A non-refundable application fee will be required before your application will be submitted. Award decisions are made by Tallulah Falls School, not FACTS.


Dual Citizen and International Students 

If the parents are not citizens of the United States and do not file taxes in the United States, they are required to submit the following information:

  • Complete the FACTS Grant and Aid application for financial aid  
  • Upload the following to the “Supplemental Document” section:
    • Letters from each parent’s employer(s) stating income
    • Checking account statements stating balance information
    • Savings account statements stating balance information
    • If applicable, tax documents from their home country

If the parents are citizens of the United States but do not file taxes in the United States, they are required to submit the following:

  • Complete the FACTS Grant and Aid application for financial aid
  • Complete the 4506-T form and submit it to our office
  • Upload the following to the “Supplemental Document” section:
    • Letters from each parent’s employer(s) stating income
    • Checking account statements stating balance information
    • Savings account statements stating balance information
    • If applicable, tax documents from their home country

Policies and Procedures

I. Tuition Assistance Policy

A. Purpose

The overriding purpose of the tuition assistance program at Tallulah Falls School is to welcome qualified students who would not be able to attend without financial aid. TFS is committed to providing an education to students who desire an independent school environment, regardless of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, or religious background. To fulfill these goals, TFS supports an extensive need-based tuition assistance program. Academic merit scholarships are given to students at TFS regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Academic merit scholarships are based only upon the academic record of the student applicant.

B. Eligibility

Awards are made only to students who qualify for aid on the basis of demonstrated financial need. To demonstrate need, families must meet the criteria established by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Families must complete the financial aid application located on the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment website and submit required documentation.  In evaluating the application, the financial aid committee takes into account the number and ages of children, parent ages, other educational expenses, additional dependents, all sources of income and assets, priority of spending, debts and expenses, club memberships, travel, medical expenses, legal fees, and other obligations. Once the level of need is established, the Financial Aid Committee meets to determine the level of award. To remain eligible for financial assistance, families must submit required documentation annually. 

C. Parental Responsibility

The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.

D. Admission Decision

Tallulah Falls School admits students that fit the criteria set by the Admissions Committee. TFS does not use financial need as a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. No decisions regarding tuition assistance are made until the admission process is complete.

E. Standards

Tallulah Falls School requires the same standards of behavior and academic performance for all students. Students must maintain a 2.3 GPA to qualify for financial assistance the following year. If financial aid is awarded prior to the end of the school year and a student does not maintain a 2.3 GPA for the school year, TFS reserves the right to make changes to the previous financial aid award.

F. Confidentiality

Tallulah Falls School safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by applicants and does not publicly identify recipients of tuition assistance. As well, we ask that families keep their financial aid awards confidential. 

II. Tuition Assistance Guidelines

A. Fair and Consistent Allocation of Funds

To determine the amount of financial assistance that may be awarded to an applicant, the Financial Aid Committee primarily relies on the recommendation made by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Recognizing there may be circumstances affecting parental contribution, TFS adheres to certain policies which are designed to promote the fairest and most consistent allocation of tuition assistance.

B. Non-Typical Households

It would be unfair for the school to subsidize a student's education when one parent is capable but unwilling to contribute to the student's education expenses. In the case of a divorce or separation, the school requires both natural parents to complete a financial aid application. In lieu of both parents filling out an application, the school may choose to take three-quarters of the student's child support. It is the responsibility of the custodial parents to complete or ask that the application be completed. If the information is not provided, the committee may be unable to consider awarding aid. TFS is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses. If a parent has remarried, the application should reflect the combined income of the household.

In the case of a student having a guardian who is not their parent, the school requires a court document stating that person is the student’s legal guardian. The guardian should complete and submit all paperwork as a parent, including all required documents.