Affording an R-MA Education
Financing an independent school education is a major investment in a child’s future. We appreciate that you value our small classes, excellent faculty, personalized attention and leadership training. Financial need is not a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission. Randolph-Macon Academy’s scholarship and financial aid policy supports the school’s mission and objectives by providing monetary assistance to those students who may not be able to attend R-MA without such assistance.
Scholarships and Financial Aid are not available for the summer sessions.
United Methodist Scholarships: Through R-MA's affiliation with the United Methodist Church (UMC), we offer scholarships to families who are members of the UMC. A letter from the pastor of the family's church must verify membership. The average scholarship is 10% of tuition (20% for children of United Methodist ministers).
Multiple Family Member Discount: R-MA gives a 10% tuition discount to families with two or more students attending R-MA. The first student pays full price. Each additional student receives a 10% discount on tuition.
R-MA awards a small number of merit-based scholarships without regard to financial need. These scholarships are intended to recognize outstanding accomplishments and exceptional potential for contributions to R-MA while enrolled and to society in the future.
Eagle Scholarship: A $5,000 Eagle Scholarship is available to new, upper school (grades 9-12) boarding students who are American citizens or who have green card status in the United States. They must have a 3.5 GPA and must have exhibited good conduct and character in their previous school. The school has a limited number of Eagle Scholarships available. A student may continue to receive an Eagle scholarship during their time at R-MA provided they continue to meet the criteria set forth by the scholarship.
Eagle –I Scholarship: A $5,000 Eagle-I Scholarship is available to new, international students who have a strong academic record and have exhibited good conduct and character in their previous school. R-MA has a limited number of Eagle-I scholarships available for upper school and middle school. A student may continue to receive an Eagle-I scholarship during their time at R-MA provided they continue to meet the criteria set forth by the scholarship.
Junior Jacket Scholarship: The Junior Jacket scholarships are for students new to the middle school (6-8). The student must be an A/B student and be of good character and citizenship in his/her present school. The scholarships are $2,000 for a day student, $3,000 for a 5 day boarder, and $5,000 for a 7 day boarder. A student may continue to receive a Junior Jacket Scholarship during their time at R-MA provided they continue to meet the criteria set forth by the scholarship. There are a limited number of Junior Jacket Scholarships.
Support Our Military Scholarship: To recognize the commitment and sacrifice our Veterans and Military personnel have made to our country R-MA has established scholarships for young men and women who are children of active duty or retired military personnel. These scholarships will provide up to $20,000 tuition assistance for boarding students and up to $12,500 for day students attending Randolph-Macon Academy. The recipient must be a student in good standing in the school they are attending and they must maintain this standing while a student at R-MA. The amount awarded is based on need. A financial aid application must be submitted along with verification of military service.
Full Tuition Day Student Scholarships: These scholarships are available to new day students enrolling at R-MA's Middle School for the 2017-18 school year. (Families are still responsible for fees and expense account). The student must have all A’s and B’s, good conduct record and excellent recommendations to be considered. The student also needs to write two one-page, double spaced essays. Topic one needs to be “Why I Want to Attend R-MA” and topic two needs to be “Why the R-MA community would benefit from me being a student.”
$10,000 Community Scholarships: These scholarships are available to day students (either new or returning) who are enrolling at R-MA for the 2017-18 school year. The student must have all A’s and B’s (and no more than two C’s), good conduct record and excellent recommendations to be considered. The student also needs to write two one-page, double spaced essays. Topic one needs to be “Why I Want to Attend R-MA” and topic two needs to be “Why the R-MA community would benefit from me being a student.”
There are limited numbers of each scholarship and some may not be available in any specific year if all scholarships have been awarded.
Randolph-Macon Academy’s financial aid to qualified students is provided through financial support from endowment funds, foundations, and generous donors. R-MA distributes financial aid funds based upon demonstrated financial need and uses a uniform methodology to assess annually, in a consistent and equitable manner, each family’s ability to pay for education. R-MA does not discriminate in the administration of its financial aid policies.
Once a student is enrolled, R-MA will continue to provide financial aid in subsequent years provided parents continue to demonstrate financial need.
Once a student is accepted to R-MA the family can apply for financial assistance online. Along with completing the Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS) you will be asked to upload your 2016 1040 tax return along with all schedules and attachments, as well as your 2016 W-2 forms, and recent pay stubs for all in your household.
Please note that financial aid is available on a limited basis, so please apply early. This aid is awarded on a first-come first-served basis, with returning students having priority. Due to limited funds and a desire to provide some assistance to as many students as possible R-MA cannot guarantee full funding of a student’s financial need. The average award is $4,000-$7,000 for boarding students and $1,800-$4,000 for day students.
Financial Aid is not available to International Students or for the Summer Programs.
·Family Guide to Financial Aid courtesy of School and Student Services by NAIS
·Understanding Private School Financial Aid: What it is and How to Apply by Brian Fisher, AdmissionsQuest
Additional Resources: R-MA works with a couple financial organizations that help parents fund their students' education. Parents are encouraged to contact these companies that offer alternative financing options, such as longer repayment terms and loans that cover the entire cost of an R-MA education.