Flexible Tuition Program
At Sora, we believe that to prepare students to explore the world, our school community should reflect the real world with a diverse student body that is representative of all socio-economic backgrounds. To achieve this goal, Sora seeks to enroll motivated, intellectually curious, and open-minded students whose families understand and embrace the mission of Sora regardless of socio-economic background through our Flexible Tuition Program.
Flexible Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition, taking their financial circumstances into account and making a Sora education affordable to qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. Sora encourages all families to apply for Flexible Tuition if they think they may qualify.
We encourage families to request further information about Flexible Tuition from the Admissions Office at (470) 517-3619 if they have concerns about affordability.
Flexible Tuition Statistics
- Average Award Amount: $200 per month
- Total Flexible Tuition Awarded To Date: $25,000
- Percentage of Students On Flexible Tuition: 50%
Flexible Tuition Frequently Asked Questions
Flexible Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program that allows families to apply for reduced tuition, taking their financial circumstances into account.
There are a wide range of families who qualify, from those who can afford only minimal tuition to those who can afford almost full tuition. Sora Schools awards an average of $200 per month to approximately 50% of the student body. The average annual income for families receiving Flexible Tuition is $50,000.
We recognize that every family situation is different and that even a small amount of reduced tuition can make a critical difference for many families. Sora encourages all families to apply for Flexible Tuition if they think they may qualify. Flexible Tuition rates ranges from $200 to $400 per month.
To help us objectively calculate what a family is able to contribute to educational expenses, families are asked to complete an online financial form through the student application, which is submitted to the Flexible Tuition Committee for review before calculating the eligible tuition rate.
No. Unlike loans, our awards never have to be paid back.
No. Flexible Tuition awards are not guaranteed to remain the same year to year; in fact, they will change as families’ financial circumstances change. Because families may need one level of assistance one year—and more or less the next—all families are required to submit a new Flexible Tuition application every year. Students must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing in order to qualify for Flexible Tuition.
Admission applications and Flexible Tuition applications are reviewed separately, and submitting an application for Flexible Tuition has no bearing on an applicant’s admissibility. In addition, Flexible Tuition applications are confidential. Information is viewed only by the Flexible Tuition Committee, and only the Committee and the Business Office see the Flexible Tuition a family pays. All Flexible Tuition decisions are considered to be confidential agreements between Sora Schools and the recipient family, and should be treated in the same manner for families. Faculty and administrators are not privy to any financial materials, nor are they aware of which families apply or receive Flexible Tuition.
Sora does not have the resources to offer Flexible Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and a reduced tuition. We will not offer a space if we recognize that our Flexible Tuition budget will not meet a family’s Flexible Tuition need.
Sora uses the form submitted by applicants as a starting point in determining the demonstrated need of a family. Additional criteria are used for those who are self-employed or own a business, or if there is a non-working parent whose children are of school age, as well as any extenuating circumstances.
Current families who are receiving reduced tuition can expect to receive similar levels of funding each year if their financial circumstances remain the same. Every family must reapply for Flexible Tuition each year and meet all stated deadlines. If the current financial picture for a family changes, the amount of reduced tuition may be adjusted accordingly. Families who submit late applications may not be considered for Flexible Tuition.
The Flexible Tuition Committee uses a methodology that determines what a family might reasonably expect to contribute toward educational expenses. The total amount available from a family for education costs is divided among all children attending tuition-charging schools, through the undergraduate degree level. It is Sora’s policy that a family requesting aid from Sora will also apply for aid at all other tuition charging schools.
Each parent/guardian household must submit a separate Flexible Tuition application to be considered for Flexible Tuition. Consideration of all available resources from both parents/guardians and their spouses or live-in partners will be based upon the belief that a family’s contribution for education is a reflection of “the ability to contribute, not the willingness to contribute,” which is Tuition Assistance best practice. As a result, Sora is not bound by existing decrees, agreements or arrangements exempting a parent from financial responsibility for their child’s education. All financial information is kept strictly confidential and at no time will one household have access to the others’ information.
If a parent is no longer involved in the life of the child in any way, please speak directly with the Admissions Office at Sora to determine how to proceed. Sora awards a single Flexible Tuition award to the student and it is the responsibility of the parents to determine a payment schedule structure.
Sora Schools realizes that some families experience unexpected temporary financial stresses due to the sudden loss of a job, family illness, or other circumstances. Families are strongly encouraged to contact the Admissions Office as soon as it becomes apparent that there is a change in circumstance. We are happy to work with families to develop a temporary payment plan during a time of difficulty.
All financial information is treated as highly confidential. Only the Flexible Tuition Committee will see this information, and only the Committee and Business Office will see the award. School staff, faculty, and administrators are not privy to any financial materials, nor are they aware of which families receive Flexible Tuition.
Sora Schools does not typically offer multi-child discounts. However, Sora’s Flexible Tuition Program does take into account the number of children from a family enrolled in tuition-charging schools. We encourage any family with multiple children for whom paying full tuition is a challenge to apply for Flexible Tuition.