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How to get a higher bursary for DC?

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Fullsteamahead Thu 07-Feb-13 21:59:49

Hi all,

I'm new here so please be gentle.

Our DD was granted a bursary last year for our local prep school.
However, since she started the school and we started paying the fees we realised that the current level of bursary is simply not enough in our circumstances.

The school is small and there isn't a bursar to discuss this issue with, I have to go directly to HM who then brings it forward to the governors who in turn make the decision.

When we originally spoke to HM re obtaining the bursary she was very supportive and open minded.

I'm just completely unsure how to approach her this year in order to get the bursary increase, I've never done this sort of thing before and feel very nervous and quite embarrassed.

I have to mention that DD is exceeding all expectations and is top of the class in most subjects, her class teacher has advised us that should she continue at the same level we will be looking at applying for scholarships in the future.

Any help from experienced bursary applicants would be gladly received.

SanityClause Thu 07-Feb-13 22:05:19

Just ask. The worst they can say is "no".

I would get your finances all together, make sure you know what your annual income and outgoings are, and assets and liabilities. They will ask for all this anyway.

They will be keen to keep her at the school, and may at least offer a one off, if you don't qualify for a larger bursary every year.

Mutteroo Fri 08-Feb-13 02:20:59

We were in the same boat with DS. We knew we couldn't afford for him to attend his school for sixth form & so I contacted the school & asked if a higher bursary would be possible. I was told to fill out the forms & it would be looked at 'kindly' as they didn't want to lose my son. In the end DS decided to swap to a state sixth form college. It was the right choice for him as he wasn't enjoying boarding at his senior school.

I wish you luck OP & it sounds like you may have a good case. A friend of mine had children attending the same all through private school & when her husband was made redundant she knew they couldn't afford the fees. She spoke with the HM immediately & was told to 'pay when they could'. The school let them off a whole year's fees for four children! I'm not sure how common this is & it may be that her children had an extremely generous HM!

Keep us informed OP.

Fullsteamahead Fri 08-Feb-13 13:00:53

Thank you very much for your responses. I will definitely come back and leave my update.

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