Mar 17

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How Can We Afford a Special Needs School?


No one needs to tell parents of kids with learning differences and special needs that this stuff is expensive, perhaps private school most of all.  Fortunately., there are resources to help, especially in the state of Georgia.  Here are three options to consider:

1.   Can you include your child’s tuition (along with therapies, physician visits, aides, transporation to same, insurance premiums, etc.) in calculating your family’s medical expenses toward a tax deduction?

Depending on the sort of school your child attends and his/her diagnosis, this may be a possibility.  Total medical-related expenditures must exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.

For more information, click here.  For professional tax advice on this issue, talk to your accountant.


2.   We are fortunate in Georgia to have the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program.

Every qualifying student receives a specific scholarship amount based on several factors including the previous public school attended and services received.  This amount is predetermined by the Georgia Department of Education. Scholarship amounts for students generally range from $2,500 to $13,500 with an average amount of about $6,000.

Parents can visit the GSNS Program website and calculate their student’s scholarship amount.

For more details, check our our Georgia Special Needs Scholarship page in our Admissions section.


3.   Another thing the state of Georgia has done to make private school more affordable is the Georgia Private School Tax Credit.

This program enables Georgia taxpayers to redirect, at no cost, Georgia income tax dollars to the private school of their choice.  In turn, this makes it possible for those private schools to award those funds to students via scholarships.

It’s a simple and cost-free way to put your tax money toward private school education and make funds available for kids who need it.  This can be done online or by filling out this form.  The cost will be deducted from your state tax liability.  You can even make the payment online with your credit card!


Certainly, none of this amounts to a money tree in your backyard!  Still, every little bit helps.  Our Cloverleaf families have all used one or more of these methods to make tuition more affordable and they just might help you, too.


If you are interested in applying for a scholarship or for admission to The Cloverleaf School, contact us at admissions@cloverleafschool.org.



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