Military school, like any other private school, can cost quite a bit of money, but grants can help cover the costs. On the one hand there is tuition, which can run around $20,000 and on the other is the cost of room and board, which can run as high as $40,000. If your child does not have the grades to be eligible for merit-based scholarships, you will need to find need-based grants to help cover these substantial costs.
The most common grants for military school are from the government. They award grants to thousands of students from families that cannot afford their education every year. There are also grants which target students of specific ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds, among other things. Many military schools offer their own financial aid packages. Contact your child's school directly to see what opportunities they have.
Some military schools may combine the application process and financial aid application, though they are often on a first come, first serve basis, so it’s best to get the application in early. Some grant applications may have deadlines that precede the application deadline for the school, so it is best to apply well ahead of time. Do not hesitate to apply for a grant if your child has not been admitted to a school yet. It is better to get the money and have to decline it if he or she is not admitted, rather than having no grant support after being admitted.
It is your child's school that will determine how much financial aid it will give him or her after the application process. But there are outside sources as well. Many states have a non-profit student assistance program to help locate funding opportunities. Check with your state's education department for more information. It is also best to contact the school's financial aid office itself. They can direct parents to outside funding opportunities, some of which may be specific for that school.