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Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding School Cost & Financial Information

Financing an education at Riverside Preparatory Academy is among the most important investments you can make in your son’s future. We can guarantee that the benefits including state-of-the-art facilities, superior program offerings, and expert staff far outweigh the military school cost. We have worked hard to make sure that Riverside Prep tuition is competitively priced compared to similar affordable boarding schools in our geographic region. However, that does not change the fact that it can be a financial sacrifice to enroll a cadet at Riverside Prep. Because we respect that commitment, this page outlines information regarding tuition assistance.

Need Based Financial Aid

We understand that a private school education, such as the one we offer at Riverside Preparatory Academy, provides an unparalleled experience and value to the student, but the cost of this investment sometimes exceeds a family's immediate resources. As such, we offer a need-based financial assistance program to alleviate a portion of the tuition burden from the families. The amount of aid distributed depends on three key items: level of need, availability of funds, and the number of students applying. As a note of importance, we do not evaluate or award financial aid to a student who is not accepted into the academy.

If you’re interested in attending Riverside Prep, but haven’t applied yet, please follow these steps to submit your application.

Tuition Rates

2022 - 2023 Tuition Rates

U.S. Boarding Cadets $48,900
Day Cadets $26,500
International Cadets $56,600

Common Fees and Expenses

Initial Uniform Fee (Grades 9-12):
  • Boarding Cadets - $2,848
  • Day Cadets - $2,400
Initial Uniform Fee (Grades 6-8):
  • $1,400
  • Cell Phone Fee - $50 per school year
  • Daily Medication Fee - $195 per semester (if applicable)
  • Fees may apply to off-campus transportation to healthcare-related visits
  • Class dues - $45 per school year *additional fees apply to seniors*
  • The Mac and Sue McLendon Center for Student Success - $500 (if applicable)
  • Additional academic fees may apply depending on courses. 
Off-Campus Activities
  • Activities typically range from $10-$50 and are announced weekly
Cadet Allowances and Spending Money
  • Riverside Prep is a cash-free campus. We recommend cadets receive a debit card or pre-paid card that parents can add or remove money from. 
  • Parents can set monthly spending limits in the Cadet Store. 
Cadet Transportation
  • For parent convenience, we offer weekend shuttles to and from Atlanta along 1-85 and GA 400 on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Fees vary based on occupancy, timing, and the traveling status of the cadet. See the Cadet Life page for more detailed information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 items.

  • Apply for Need Based Aid

    After the student has been accepted and you determine your need for aid, please visit FACTS. FACTS provides schools with an objective methodology for calculating a family's ability to contribute to educational expenses. Create a login and complete the financial aid application for the current academic year. If you experience problems during the FACTS application process, please call their customer service department at (866) 441-4637.
  • Georgia GOAL

    Riverside Preparatory Academy is proud to partner with the GOAL Scholarship Program, which helps families access better educational opportunities for their children. In order to be eligible, a family must meet annual income caps and their child must be transferring from a public school in Georgia to Riverside Prep. Your family will be reviewed for eligibility after you have completed the FACTS Financial Aid Application mentioned above.
  • Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

    In some cases, students can be eligible for the GA Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program offered by the Georgia Department of Education. The GSNS is a school choice program available for students transferring from public to private school, and who are served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). To determine eligibility and see what your student may qualify for, go to the GA DOE website.
  • Tuition Loans

    Tuition loan programs, like Your Tuition Solution, assist many families in making tuition payments more affordable by providing the funds upfront and spreading the payments over a longer period of time than tuition payment plans allow. Please contact these loan programs directly for current fees, rates, and other details.