Financial Aid Options for Online Private School Education

Pearson Online Academy is dedicated to providing K–12 students with an affordable online private school education. That’s why we offer several discounts and support for helping your family find financial aid options.

A high-quality learning experience can be a rewarding and worthwhile investment for a child’s future! See what financial assistance option below might benefit your family.

Pearson Online Academy Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year.The Pearson Online Academy Board of Trustees is excited to continue the school's scholarship program to provide full-tuition scholarships for both new and returning students. The completed digital interview and recommendation form must have been submitted by 11:59 pm ET on June 30, 2021. Please see our Rules & Guidelines page for more key dates and submission information. Scholarship winners were notified on July 16.

There are also many other nonprofit and independent organizations that offer external scholarships and aid packages for private school students. Get started with your scholarship search by browsing the top sources for private school scholarships.

The Freedom and Empowerment Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year. Pearson Online Academy, together with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Prince George’s County (SCLC-PGC), is proud to offer its second year of the Freedom and Empowerment Scholarship program to up to 50 Black students with a propensity towards activism in grades 6 to 12 to attend Pearson Online Academy for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The deadline for this scholarship was June 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. The Freedom and Empowerment Scholarship recipients are expected to attend Pearson Online Academy for the remainder of the students’ primary schooling until graduation and will be required to do yearly projects and presentations to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The scholarship includes full tuition, a laptop, internet subsidy, and the hardware and software needed for schoolwork. Visit the Freedom and Empowerment Scholarship website for more information.

529 Plans: Now Usable for Elementary and High School

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed into law at the end of 2017 now allows tax-advantaged 529 savings plans -- which previously could be used only for college costs -- to be used for elementary and high school. A 529 plan is similar to a 401k, in that your contributions are invested for growth over time, with gains from those investments exempt from federal tax. Further, depending on your state, your 529 contributions may be deductible from your state income tax. Beginning in 2018, you will be able to withdraw up to $10,000 per year tax-free from you 529 plans for private school tuition and other expenses. As guidance on 529 plans is evolving under the new tax law, talk to your tax adviser when considering use for Pearson Online Academy.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

The Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) is designed to help families put away funds for the academic tuition of any U.S student under the age of 18, and realize a federal income tax benefit from doing so. ESAs can be opened in the United States at any bank or IRS-approved entity. Adults with a modified adjusted gross income of less than $110,000 ($220,000 if filing a joint return) can contribute to an ESA.

There is no limit on the number of Coverdell ESAs that can be established for your student. However, total contributions for him or her cannot be more than $2,000 in one year.

State School Choice Programs

Parents have a wide range of options to support their child’s private school education, including state education savings accounts, vouchers, and individual tax credits. Be sure to check the EdChoice School Choice in America Interactive Map to see what programs are available in your state.

Education Saving Accounts

With a state-based education savings account, parents can withdraw their children from a public district or charter school and receive a government-authorized deposit. Unlike a Coverdell ESA, these accounts are publically funded.

State ESA funds can cover the cost of Pearson Online Academy’s online learning program, as well as private tutoring, educational therapies, community college costs, and other higher-education expenses.


State vouchers give parents the opportunity to choose any method of private schooling—including Pearson Online Academy’s accredited online private school—for their child by using public funds set aside for education. The funds can be used to pay a student’s partial or full tuition.

Individual Tax Credits

Individual tax credits allow parents to receive state income tax relief for approved education expenses like a private school tuition. At Pearson Online Academy, a student’s tuition covers the cost of course materials, our challenging curriculum, and our advanced and engaging learning technology. Tax credits also help to lower the total amount of taxes owed each year.

Discount and Payment Plans

Pearson Online Academy has several discounts available for full-time families. You can check the full list here to take advantage and save! We also offer monthly payment plans at 0% financing for both full-time and semester enrollment.