Character. Scholarship. Excellence.
Since 1889, Battle Ground Academy has been providing young men and women outstanding educational opportunities.  From its very beginning, BGA set out to enroll students based on their academic strengths and potential, not based on their family’s financial ability.  Many of our most successful students and alumni have benefitted from programs to assist them with tuition.

Today, BGA is fortunate to have an effective financial aid program to continue supporting young people and their families who want the benefits of a BGA education, instilled with the values of Character, Scholarship, and Excellence. BGA’s Policy on Financial Aid can be found here.
About Financial Aid
  • In 2018-19, BGA awarded roughly $2 million in financial aid, providing for just over 20% of our student body.
  • BGA funds its financial aid program through restricted and unrestricted endowment funds, BGA Fund contributions, and the operating budget.
  • Financial aid covers tuition only and not the extra costs associated with attending BGA. Additional costs may include uniforms, textbooks and apps, consumable classroom supplies, lunch (Lower School), and class trips. A breakdown of all fees and costs is listed on the Tuition & Fees page.  
Determining a Family’s Financial Aid
  • With our consortium of Nashville area schools, and as required by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), BGA uses a third party, School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS), to calculate a family’s estimate of need.
  • The BGA Financial Aid Committee uses the estimate of need as a guideline for granting aid.
  • No student receives 100% of the need for which he or she qualifies. The typical award is roughly 70% of demonstrated need.

Important Dates for 2020-2021

Priority Admissions Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, all admissions applications and supporting materials need to be submitted by this date.

Financial Aid Deadline for Returning and New Students:  February 1, 2021

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Who can apply for financial aid?

    Anyone can apply for financial aid, but only students who have been accepted to BGA or are enrolled at BGA and have completed the SSS financial aid application can be considered.
  • Q: What information will I need to complete the SSS Financial Aid application?

    SSS will ask for information related to income, expenses, assets, and liabilities.
  • Q: What documents does BGA require in addition to the SSS application?

    BGA asks that you provide the Financial Aid Committee with a copy of your most recent federal tax return and all supporting schedules. BGA reserves the right to request additional documentation in support of the financial aid application.
  • Q: Is there a deadline to be considered for financial aid?

    The deadline for new and returning families to complete the SSS application and submit prior tax returns is February 1. Although applications will be accepted after this date, it is possible available funds will be exhausted. Applications received after the deadline will be processed and put into a wait pool.
  • Q: Does financial aid influence admissions decisions?

    Financial aid does not influence admissions decisions. Admission to BGA is an entirely separate and unrelated process.
  • Q: Is financial aid renewable each year?

    Yes. However, a new application and a copy of your tax return must be filed each year with SSS, and changes in your financial status may affect the receipt of aid. Additionally, your child’s tuition & fees account must be kept current. All students are subject to academic and behavioral expectations.
  • Q: Does BGA offer scholarships?

    No.  All Financial Aid is need-based as determined by School and Student Services (SSS).  BGA adheres to the policies of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) for student athletes and does not offer aid based on a student’s extracurricular abilities or interests.
  • Q: Are there any restrictions on financial aid students?

    Each BGA student is expected to maintain appropriate academic standards, to behave in a responsible and honorable manner, and to play a positive role in the daily life of the school community. Failure to maintain grades acceptable to the administration may disqualify a student for future financial aid awards. Summer programs do not qualify for financial aid.
  • Q: As a family receiving financial aid, what can we do to help the school?

    We want you to be as much of the BGA community as your child. The school depends on parent volunteers and provides countless opportunities for you to share your talents and time in a way that is meaningful to you. Additionally, parent support of the BGA Fund is a vote of confidence in the school and inspires other parents to give as well.
  • Q: What about a divorce or step-parent situation?

    BGA expects both the custodial and non-custodial parents to participate in the support of their child at BGA. It is up to all parties involved to communicate and participate in good faith in this responsibility. During the financial aid application process, the non-custodial parent will also be asked to complete a separate SSS application for his/herhousehold. If a child is living with a parent and step-parent, BGA will consider the step-parent’s income if the biological parent does not complete the SSS application process.
  • Q: How are non-income producing parents considered when determining financial aid?

    BGA will assess and define an income level for non-income producing parents, and this amount will be factored into the financial aid consideration.
  • Q: Are there payment options?

    BGA offers a variety of payment plans and options to help make private education a reality, including annual, semi-annual, and monthly payments. All tuition & fees are billed and collected through our third-party tuition management service, FACTS.

Harpeth Campus

Glen Echo Campus

Phone Numbers

Main:  (615) 794-3501
Lower:  (615) 567-2002
Middle:  (615) 567-9013
Upper:  (615) 567-8513
Admissions:  (615) 567-8463
A co-educational, college preparatory school for K-12 students in Franklin, Tennessee.