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Tuition and Financial Aid

Affording The Island School

The Island School is founded upon the belief that students will leave the program as engaged global citizens, empowered to be active leaders of their generation. In order to fulfill this mission, we understand that our financial aid program must be supportive to a diverse range of students.

Admissions Philosophy

The Island School embraces diversity in its many forms. We believe firmly that education happens when we are surrounded by those with different backgrounds and experiences from ourselves. We also know that our community is immeasurably enriched by the different cultures and mindsets that our students bring from their diverse homes, schools, neighborhoods, and nations.

Financial Aid

We recognize that an elective program like The Island School can be difficult for many families to afford. The Island School and our partner schools are committed to make The Island School a reality for deserving students. We firmly believe that our program is invaluable in shaping future leaders and therefore must be accessible to all.

Our financial aid is need-blind, meaning acceptance to The Island School program is not determined by a family’s need for financial aid. All accepted students in need of aid will be directed to FAST, the financial aid service that helps us assess need in a fair and unbiased manner. Families of accepted students will be invited to apply for aid immediately after receiving their acceptance letters. Awards will be announced to families shortly thereafter.

If you are currently receiving financial aid at your sending school, please discuss the possibility of transferring your aid towards the tuition costs at The Island School with your Director of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Summary 2015-2016

  • Every family that qualified for financial aid received an award
  • 30% of the student body is receiving financial aid
  • The household income of families receiving financial aid support ranged from less than $40,000 to more than $250,000, with a median of about $150,000

Tuition and Expenses

Tuition for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters will be $28,800 and tuition for Summer Term 2016 will be $7,850. Tuition covers the cost of room and board. We ask that the family obligation is paid in full before a student arrives on Eleuthera.

Our financial aid is tuition-based only. Additional and incidental costs will be borne by the family. Additional expenses include travel, school clothing, gear, any outside medical treatment, and personal spending money, which typically range from $1,000-$1,500. In extreme hardship, The Island School will help contribute to some of these incidental costs, such as uniform or gear.

If you would like to discuss options on how past students and families have worked through these additional expenses, please email


Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholarship

Students from The Bahamas are eligible to apply for a Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholarship (BESS), a program offered through our recruiting partner Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) in Nassau. Please visit our BESS webpage to learn more information about the scholarship and how to apply.


If you have any questions, please call us at (609) 620-6700 or email at

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