Your Island School Experience is Within Reach

The Semester and Summer Term at 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 provide this opportunity for all qualified students, The Island School must support a culture of equity and accessibility. Our tuition assistance makes this opportunity available for those committed to being changemakers in their community.

Our students are accepted in a need-blind process, meaning acceptance to The Island School is not determined by a family’s need for tuition assistance. We use an outside service through School and Student Services (SSS) to help assess a family’s demonstrated need and generate awards in a fair and unbiased manner.

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One in four students receives tuition assistance


We require all families to invest a minimum of $500 toward tuition. In cases of extreme financial hardship, this payment can be put towards a school store deposit that can be later used on campus.


We offer payment plans for all our families. We require tuition to be paid in full before student records are released.

We encourage every interested family to apply for this opportunity. We work closely with each accepted student and their family to create an equitable and accessible tuition package for their family.

2024-2025 School Year Tuition Rates

Summer Term
Summer 2024$17,500
Fall 2024 & Spring 2025$38,000

Tuition covers the cost of room and board and does not include travel and incidentals. We ask that the family contribution be paid in full before a student arrives on Eleuthera.

How to Apply for Tuition Assistance

  1. Create an account with SSS and submit a PFS: To apply for tuition assistance, complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS) by the application deadline listed below. Once you create an account for the 2024/2025 school year (matching the school year you are applying to), please add either “The Island School: Semester” (code 200273) or “The Island School: Summer” (code 200274).
  2. Upload required tax documents: Your application for tuition assistance will be considered complete once you submit your PFS and required tax documents. We require a copy of your completed 2022 tax forms, including W2, 1099, 1040, all schedules if applicable, and any 2023 forms you have received. For families residing outside of the U.S.; please email for the supplemental International Student Profile document to replace the required U.S. tax documents.
  3. Complete the application by the following deadlines: 
Application DeadlineJanuary 15, 2024
Admission Decision & Tuition Assistance EmailedFebruary 16, 2024
Enrollment Deadline March 1, 2024
DeadlineFebruary 15, 2024
Admission Decision & Tuition Assistance EmailedMarch 15, 2024
Enrollment DeadlineMarch 29, 2024

The application has a $60 application fee that will not be charged until the application is submitted. This is a one-time fee, meaning that if you are using this system for other schools and programs, you will only need to submit one application fee. The fee is automatically waived if the application shows extreme financial hardship. If the fee is not automatically waived and you are having difficulty making the payment, please contact us.

We encourage you to reach out directly to SSS if you have questions on how to complete the application. Check out these tips for a successful application provided by SSS. You can visit the SSS Parent Resources page or call the SSS Help Desk directly, at 800-344-8328.

Semester & Summer Term Merit Scholarship Opportunities

We are excited to share more about our partnerships and offer merit-based scholarship opportunities to student applicants. The following opportunities include a full tuition scholarship for the specified program. This does not include the required family contribution of $500 toward tuition as well as flights and incidentals. Below outlines the eligibility for each scholarship. Note, we require submission of the application for Tuition Assistance in order to be considered for any scholarship opportunity so that we can best assess how we support our families. Please email for the next steps as we look forward to supporting you!


Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York (BHGH) has held a partnership for over 10 years with The Island School supporting New York-based students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to expand their educational experiences. Eligible students are current BHGH scholars.

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and The Island School have partnered to offer a year-long opportunity for Bahamian students to experience a work and study experience focused on and immersed in conservation efforts with the local environment. This gap year programme is endorsed by The Bahamas Ministry of Education. Eligible students are Bahamian citizens and recent high school graduates between the ages of 15-18 who are interested in learning more about the environment, conservation, and sustainable systems.

Summer Term

The Island School has partnered up with the Sacremento chapter of College Track to support students in Northern Californian to prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for a successful future ahead. This chapter is focused on expanding STEAM opportunities for their scholars. Eligible students are currently enrolled as College Track Scholars.

The Island School is honored to partner with Patrol Base Abbate (PBA) to offer the Veteran Scholarship in order to provide greater opportunities for students of military service families. PBA and The Island School’s missions are aligned with the goal of launching the next generation of leaders who understand the importance of service to community and have the confidence and grit to lead on through the many challenges and opportunities ahead. Eligible students have a parent/guardian who is in/active for any service outfit. Please note, families do not need to be directly affiliated with PBA in order to apply for this scholarship.

Horizons at Greens Farms Academy pairs underserved students in the Bridgeport area with academic mentors to support their growth in academic, social, and emotional skills. As part of their opportunites for enrichment experiencs, we are excited to work together to offer a scholarship to eligible Hoizons students.

The Metro Politan Council (METCO) and The Island School’s missions are aligned with the goal of launching the next generation of leaders by providing an environement that fosters personal and interpersonal growth, and development for young adults. In order to apply to this scholarship, you must be currently enrolled in the METCO program serving the Greater Boston School Districts.

Frequently Asked Questions

We require both families to complete separate PFS in order to have a full financial picture to make a fair assessment. If a parent remarries, we will require information of the stepparent in the PFS.

We ask that a guardian who is financially responsible for the applicant complete the PFS. On the application, you will be able to include a description of your relationship to the student.

Our ability to determine a level of demonstrated need is through assessing US tax returns. If you are an international student applying for tuition assistance, please reach out to our admissions team at, for a modified application that is specific to your needs.

Our Bahamas Environmental Stewardship Scholarship (BESS) in partnership with Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), is available to Bahamian citizens. This opportunity is a great fit for recent high school graduates who are looking to gain a year-long opportunity to explore sustainable systems, conservation, and environmental leadership in The Bahamas. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please visit the BREEF website or email If you are a current high school student residing in The Bahamas and interested in a single-Semester or Summer Term, please reach out to our admissions team at, for a modified application that is specific to your needs.

Need-blind admissions process means that your acceptance to The Island School Semester or Summer Term is not determined or impacted by your need for tuition assistance. The process of admission is completed prior to the review of your PFS.

Our tuition assistance packages are tuition-based only, meaning they only go towards room and board. Additional expenses include travel, school clothing, and gear. Incidental costs can include any outside medical treatment, and personal spending money. We suggest planning for $1,000 – $1,500 in additional costs. If you would like to discuss options on how past students and families have worked through these additional expenses, please email

We encourage you to reach out to your financial advisor or tax planner if you are planning to pull from a 529 Educational Savings plan. There are many implications that vary from state to state. As a reminder, The Island School is an international organization governed under The Bahamas, which may impact the ability to withdraw from a 529 Educational Savings Plan.

If you have already submitted a PFS for another school, you can add “The Island School: Semester” (code 200273) or “The Island School: Summer” (code 200274), under the list of schools selected to receive your information. You will need to submit the required tax documents listed above.

Yes, SSS meets the most rigorous standards for security. The only people at The Island School with access to your application is the Tuition Assistance Committee.

Still have more questions? Please reach out to for additional information.