Scholarships and 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 scholarships, discounts, and resources to help your family find financial aid options.

Pearson Online Academy Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year.The completed digital interview and recommendation form must have been submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2021. Scholarship winners were notified on July 16.

Pearson Online Academy Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications are now closed for the 2021-22 school year.

Eligibility: The applicant must be registered for enrollment to be a full-time student at Pearson Online Academy and provide academic records that demonstrate good academic standing.

Scholarship Interest: The applicant must select interest in applying for a scholarship during the enrollment application process and provide an email address where indicated. The scholarship interest selection must have been submitted electronically by 11:59 pm ET on June 28. Students who express interest in the scholarship program will receive an email invitation to participate in the scholarship digital interview process.

Digital Interview Process: Applicants will respond to a series of questions that require short written responses and video responses within the “Hire Vue” platform. A legal guardian must agree to the Hire Vue Terms of Use on behalf of the minor completing the digital interview and it is recommended that an adult supports the student through the interview process.

  • Recommendation Form: This form will be completed by a non-family community member recommending the applicant based on specific character traits. The applicant waives his/her rights to see what the reference says on the form. The completed recommendation form must be submitted directly to Pearson Online Academy by the reference through the form link only.
  • Submitting the Interview: The completed digital interview and recommendation form must have been submitted by 11:59 pm ET on June 30. Submissions cannot be returned.

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 in grades 6 to 12 with a propensity toward activism to attend Pearson Online Academy for the upcoming 2021–2022 school year. 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.

Financial Aid Resources

Parents have a wide range of options to support their child’s private school education, including tax-advantaged savings plans, 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.

529 Plans

A 529 plan is similar to a 401k in that your contributions for future education costs are invested for growth over time, with gains from those investments exempt from federal tax.

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.

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.


State vouchers give parents the opportunity to choose any method of private schooling—including Pearson Online Academy’s accredited online private school.

Individual Tax Credits

Individual tax credits allow parents to receive state income tax relief for approved education expenses like private school tuition. 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.