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Who is Arete Scholars?

As parents, we all want the very best for our children. We hope for a life well lived, virtuous and excellent - for our kids to have opportunities to discover and use their unique gifts and reach their greatest potential. We strive to provide an education that helps transform young hopeful minds into accomplished and fulfilled adults. But sadly, for families without financial means, those desires frequently give way to despair and a hopelessness that lasts for generations.

Arete Scholars is helping to break the barriers to academic and personal achievement by expanding access to high-quality educational opportunities.

Arete provides private K-12 scholarships exclusively to qualifying low-to-moderate-income students. The scholarships empower those parents who otherwise have no options to select a school that best meets their child's unique gifts, talents, and learning needs.

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Check Eligibility

Scholarships are based entirely on income and are provided on a first-applied, first-awarded basis as funds are available.

You may qualify for a scholarship in Georgia if:

  1. Your child is entering K4-1st grade, OR
  2. Your child attended a Georgia public school or was homeschooled for one full grading period during 2015-16, OR
  3. Your child received a Georgia tuition tax credit scholarship in the previous year, AND
  4. Your household income meets the following guidelines:

See Income Guidelines

Check Eligibility

Scholarships are based entirely on income and are provided on a first-applied, first-awarded basis as funds are available.

To be eligible for a scholarship, Louisiana students must:

  1. Be entering kindergarten, OR
  2. Be currently enrolled in and attending a Louisiana public school, OR
  3. Be currently receiving a TDR or Louisiana Scholarship Program award, AND
  4. Meet the following income guidelines

See Income Guidelines

  Gross Income Gross Income
Household size Annual Monthly
2 people $39,825 $3,391
3 people $50,225 $4,185
4 people $60,625 $5,052
5 people $71,025 $5.919
6 people $81,425 $6,785
7 people $91,825 $7,652

Application Guidelines

Arete Scholars seeks to make the scholarship application as simple as possible for parents. To prepare for the online application, you will need the following documents and information:

  • Pay Stubs
  • Workers Comp
  • Child Support
  • Tanf Support
  • Tax Return

What would you like to know?

Here are answers to questions frequently asked by parents.
If there's something else you'd like to know, please contact us.

General Questions

  • Who is Arete Scholars?

    Q. Who is Arete Scholars?

    We are a nonprofit organization that helps economically disadvantaged children reach their highest potential providing them with new educational opportunities. We opened our doors in 2010 and in four school years have awarded more than 3,000 K-12 scholarships worth over $15 million.

  • How many students do you serve?

    Q. How many students do you serve?

    Since 2010, we’ve awarded scholarships to more than 1,300 children in Georgia and Louisiana. In 2013-14, about 750 students received scholarships to attend the school of their parents choice.

  • Where does Arete Scholars operate?

    Q. Where does Arete Scholars operate?

    We currently provide private K-12 scholarships to lower income students in Georgia and Louisiana. In Georgia, Arete operates under the Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Program. In Louisiana, we operate under the state’s Tuition Donation Rebate Program.

  • How are your scholarships funded?

    Q. How are your scholarships funded?

    Arete scholarships are funded primarily from donations by corporations and philanthropic partners. Depending upon the state, donors may receive a 100% tax credit or a 95% rebate for their gift.

  • Who is eligible to receive a scholarship?

    Q. Who is eligible to receive a scholarship?

    The specific guidelines vary by state but, in general, students must be transferring from local public to private schools AND must meet the income guidelines for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

  • When do you accept new applications?

    Q. When do you accept new applications?

    We generally open applications in the spring for the following school year. New applications are accepted only if funds are available for new scholarships. There is a $30 processing fee for completing an application.

  • Is there a scholarship application fee?

    Q. Is there a scholarship application fee?

    Yes. Families must pay a $30 application and processing fee for each applicant.

Georgia Questions

  • Who is eligible for a scholarship?

    Q. Who is eligible for a scholarship?

    Students entering either K4, K5 or 1st grade, students who attended a public school for at least one full grading period during the most recent school year, and students who received a Georgia tuition tax credit scholarship from any state approved Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) in the previous year. In addition, to receive a full scholarship, families must meet the income guidelines for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

  • What is the dollar amount of the scholarship?

    Q. What is the dollar amount of the scholarship?

    Arete sets the scholarship amounts each year, based on funding and state limits. The scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale based on your income. Funding for the award begins on the day your scholarship is awarded, the first day of school, or the student’s first day of private school, whichever is later. Scholarships range between an estimated $2,500 and $5,000, based on income and available funding.

  • What does the scholarship cover?

    Q. What does the scholarship cover?

    The scholarship covers tuition, books, registration, transportation, uniforms, testing and other fees, in that order until the maximum award is reached. All covered services or goods must be offered directly from and paid to the school chosen.

  • What private schools accept Arete scholarships?

    Q. What private schools accept Arete scholarships?

    All private schools in Georgia that meet the established eligibility guidelines may accept Arete scholars. We ask any school that enrolls an Arete scholar to sign our school participation agreement. If your school of choice does not currently participate with Arete, please have them contact our office at 678-804-4842.

  • Do I have to choose a school when I apply?

    Q. Do I have to choose a school when I apply?

    No. But private school seating is often limited and many schools have an application process. The sooner you select a school the better your chances of being accepted.

  • Is my scholarship award transferable to another school in Georgia?

    Q. Is my scholarship award transferable to another school in Georgia?

    Yes. We understand that not all schools - even the best ones - work for all children all the time. Unlike scholarships from most other student scholarship organizations, the Arete award follows your child to any eligible and participating private school in Georgia. Simply contact our office and let us know that you intend to switch schools. Arete will work to settle accounts with your previous school and determine the remaining scholarship amount to be paid to your new school.

Louisiana Questions

  • Who is eligible for a scholarship?

    Q. Who is eligible for a scholarship?

    Louisiana students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line AND must meet one of the following criteria: 1) entering kindergarten; 2) enrolled in and attending a Louisiana public school; 3) current recipient of TDR or Louisiana Scholarship Program.

  • How do students apply for a scholarship?

    Q. How do students apply for a scholarship?

    Students apply directly to Arete Scholars for a scholarship. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • How do students choose their school?

    Q. How do students choose their school?

    Once a student has received a scholarship from Arete, the student applies directly to the nonpublic school for enrollment. Scholarships are portable and may be used at any participating school. However, schools maintain their own enrollment procedures and a scholarship is no guarantee of admission.

  • What is the dollar amount of the scholarship?

    Q. What is the dollar amount of the scholarship?

    Arete sets the amount of the scholarship each year. Scholarship amounts cannot exceed the lesser of either the school’s tuition and mandatory fees or 80% of the state average per pupil funding for elementary and middle school students (approximately $4,000) and 90% of the state average per pupil funding for high school students (approximately $4,500).

    Students may receive a scholarship from more than one School Tuition Organization. The total amount of scholarships may not exceed the maximum amount outlined above.

  • Are families required to pay the difference between the scholarship amount and the school's tuition/fees?

    Q. Are families required to pay the difference between the scholarship amount and the school's tuition/fees?

    Yes. Families are responsible for paying school tuition and fees that exceed the amount of the scholarship.

  • Can a student participate in both the Louisiana Scholarship Program and the Tuition Donation Rebate Program?

    Q. Can a student participate in both the Louisiana Scholarship Program and the Tuition Donation Rebate Program?

    Families may apply for a scholarship from both programs. If a student receives both scholarships, families may accept and use only one of the scholarships, either from the Louisiana Scholarship Program or the Tuition Donation Rebate Program.

  • Where can I find more information about the Louisiana Tuition Donation Rebate Program?

    Q. Where can I find more information about the Louisiana Tuition Donation Rebate Program?

    Visit the Lousiana Department of Education for more information about the Tuition Donation Rebate Program.

Arete Scholars helps give disadvantaged children
a chance by giving their parents a choice.