Irrespective of the profile, high school education is always expensive and in Europe usually financed by societies at large, via tax contributions. For an educational offer to qualify for such financing, it must fulfill criteria of equal access, among many others, which is by all means rightly so. However, the educational offer of the BC School does not, and cannot, fulfill the equal access criteria as they are currently in force in Belgium, since our concept is tailored for a specific set of developmental demands, which do not formally qualify as special needs. For this reason, the Buckminster College School is intended to remain independent and financed directly through tuition fees.
We estimate that the yearly tuition fees, which will include all instruction, as well as lodging and meals during the residential periods, will be similar to the fees that are typically charged by international high schools in Brussels. The exact calculations will be published in the beginning of 2022.
Aiming at maximum socio-economic inclusiveness achievable in our context, the Buckminster Community Scholarship (BCS) scheme has been established to finance an additional recruitment track and to cover the tuition fees for Buckminster students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
The BCS scheme foresees four scholarship variants, covering the tuition fees in respectively 50%, 75%, 100%, or 125%. The ‘125%’ variant includes full coverage of the tuition fees, complemented by a monetary stipend for transportation and clothing costs and a small pocket money allowance.
The scholarships are granted for the entire 6-year duration of the enrollment. The number of the new scholarships offered each year will depend on the available resources.
The BCS scheme is financed from the following sources: