Tuition and Financial Aid

2024 - 2025 Tuition

Lower School
Junior Kindergarten (3 years by Sept. 1) | $11,700     
Kindergarten | $15,910
Grades 1-3 | $18,380                       Grades 4-5 | $20,825

Middle School                                  Upper School
Grades 6-8 | $24,190                     Grades 9-12 | $24,650
Did you know....You may withdraw up to $10,000 from qualified 529 plans for your children's private secondary school tuition.

Tuition Payment Schedule Options

The School's tuition payment schedule allows three payment options:

Option 1: The tuition payment may be paid in full by June 1. 

Option 2: Tri-annual payments may be paid in June, October and February. 

Option 3: A 10-month payment plan may be paid June-March. 

*Options 2 & 3 require participation in the Tuition Refund Plan (3.1% of the tuition) and an Installment fee of $150.00

Student billing is managed by Blackbaud Tuition Management. 
Click here for answers to your frequently asked questions.

Value and Affordability

We are committed to helping families afford a Hilton Head Prep Education. Each year, our financial aid program provides $1.9 million in need-based aid to qualifying families. At Hilton Head Prep, we actively seek to admit and retain college-bound motivated, mission appropriate students, regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. We believe our comprehensive aid program is fundamental in making this goal a reality. We also believe that socio-economic diversity enriches educational opportunities for all families. 

Financial aid decisions are made independently from admissions decisions and in no way affect a candidate's chances for admission.

Hilton Head Prep's key financial aid principles:

- Hilton Head Prep admits students, and financial aid is available to students of any race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation. The school does not discriminate on the bases of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious affiliation in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship program, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

- Hilton Head Prep subscribes to the principles and services of School and Student Service (SSS) for Financial Aid, which provides a calculation based on demonstrated financial need. SSS provides a reference point for the Hilton Head Prep Financial Aid Committee. Using the SSS assessment and the other materials submitted, the Financial Aid Committee determines how much assistance can be offered to a family based on the school's overall budget. 

- All information provided to establish need is held in strict confidence by Prep; likewise, we request that you and your student keep the specifics of your award package confidential.

Financial Aid Process

  1. Beginning October 1, 2024, go to the Family Portal at
  2. Create your Family Portal account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, log into the Family Portal as a Returning Family using your same email address and password.
  3. Complete a PFS for Academic Year 2024-25. You can log out at any time and return later to finish it.
  4. When all PFS sections are complete with green checks, the Submit & Pay button activates. Follow prompts to the payment screen. The $60 fee is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.
  5. Upload required supporting documents (2022 Tax 1040 with all schedules and worksheets) by February 1, 2024 this is part of your application process.
Notes on submitting your required supporting documents to your Family Portal
  • Confirm you are on the Academic Year 2024-25 Dashboard
  • Prepare your document files for uploading. Make sure the documents are on your computer and each specific form is saved as a separate file. Examples: a) 1 PDF file for the 1040 with all schedules and worksheets included, b) each W2 saved as its own file. Remove any security or password protection from your files.
  • In the “Required Documents” section, use the Upload button or link associated with the specific document type. Follow prompts to locate, select, and confirm the file to upload.
  • Click the Submit button to complete your upload. The date will appear in the “Date Uploaded” column within minutes of the upload. Repeat this process until all required documents are submitted by their deadlines.
  1. Family Contribution Determination: The SSS report provides a tuition recommendation based on a calculation. After careful review, the final decision is made by the Financial Aid Committee. The availability of school resources influence decisions, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints.
All information provided to establish need is held in strict confidence by Prep; likewise, we request that you and your student keep the specifics of your award package confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Who will see my personal information?

    Parents' Financial Statements, copies of tax returns, pay stubs, and W-2's are filed with School and Student Services by, a secure national clearinghouse that processes financial aid for many independent schools. At Hilton Head Preparatory School, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid will review your information to make sure it is complete. It will then be reviewed in confidence by the Financial Aid Committee.
  • If I apply for financial aid will it affect my child's chances of admission to Prep?

    Applying for financial aid will not affect your child's chances of admission to the school. The Financial Aid Committee and Admissions Committee are two different groups. The Admissions Committee reviews every applicant in terms of their academic preparedness and fit for the community without any consideration of the family's financial status.
  • If my spouse and I are separated or divorced, do we both need to fill out the Parents' Financial Statement?

    Hilton Head Preparatory School expects parents to contribute to the educational costs for their children to the full extent they are financially able. This principle applies to all parents, even those who are separated or divorced. Both parents are expected to file all of the necessary forms and to comply fully with all of the guidelines and requirements of the aid process. Thus, tax returns and forms are required of all parents. The custodial and non-custodial parent must each fill out the SSS Parents Financial Statement. Remarriage of either natural parent creates a new family unit with new relationships, but since the parents still have a parental obligation, the income and assets of the entire family unit (including new family units and step-parents) are viewed as relevant for the purposes of calculating a family's level of need. Hilton Head Preparatory School considers the obligations of the parents to their new family situation in determining the award, but will not allocate the award on a proportional basis among the families. The responsibility for communication and payment lies with the custodial parent.