Tuition Rates for School Year 2017 - 2018
Tuition Fee Reduction for Students Who Have Successfully Passed the Entrance Exam
All families of Bulgarian seventh-grade students who have successfully passed the Entrance exam and are offered admission to the American College of Sofia may apply for a tuition fee reduction. After all required documents are submitted, the Financial Aid Committee convenes to determine appropriate fee reductions for each family.
All applicants after Grade 8 and Grade 9 who have successfully passed the Admissions exam may enroll at ACS under the financial conditions determined for the rest of the Bulgarian students at the College. Students may apply for a tuition fee reduction (Financial Aid) corresponding to the financial need of their families.
NEW: Due to a generous donation by an American philanthropist, families from outside of Sofia are eligible for an additional tuition reduction. Families may now apply for tuition reduction on the combined cost of tuition and housing. The amount of the tuition reduction will be calculated according to the combined amount of tuition plus room and board.
Financial assistance at the American College is need-based, and fee reductions are only granted to families who can demonstrate financial need. Families may apply for a fee reduction each year their son/daughter is enrolled at the College.
For the class admitted in 2014, 81% of the applicants for tuition fee reduction were granted such. These reductions ranged from 10% to 90% of the annual tuition fee. Over €160,000 was granted to the families of our eighth-grade class.
Funding for financial aid has come largely from donations of individuals and foundations. Most notably, The Tianaderrah Foundation based in New York has contributed over €500,000 toward our financial aid budget since school year 2009-10.
Scholarships for Students Who Have Successfully Passed the Entrance Exam after Grade 7
The College offers three scholarships to entering students, accepted after Grade 7, two Polansky Scholarships and one Oberbauer Scholarship, described below. These scholarships cover tuition fees for the five years that students are enrolled at the American College.
All families of Bulgarian seventh-grade students who have successfully passed the Entrance exam and are offered admission to the American College of Sofia may apply for the Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships. Although the selection committee considers a number of different criteria, financial need is the most important criterion in the selection process.
The Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships are funded by the Tianaderrah Foundation of New York.
The Polansky and Oberbauer Full Scholarships The American College of Sofia will award two full Polansky scholarships – to one boy and one girl, as well as one Oberbauer scholarship. The Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships were established in 2008 and they will pay all tuition fees of each recipient for the entire period of his/her enrollment at the College, provided each recipient maintains the minimum academic performance requirements of the scholarships. - The Polansky Scholarship Named for the Hon. Sol Polansky, former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria (1987-1990). Mr. Polansky was instrumental in helping the College reopen in 1992. Mr. Polansky has continued his deep involvement with institutions committed to the political, economic, and educational development of Bulgaria. He currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of The American College of Sofia as well as the American University in Bulgaria. - The Oberbauer Scholarship Named for Joseph Oberbauer. An engineer and architect, Mr. Oberbauer moved to Sofia in the 1890s from Austria. He was one of the principal architects of the city plan of modern Sofia. He lived in Bulgaria until his death in the 1930s. These scholarships were established with a generous grant from the Tianaderrah Foundation. They are intended to foster the concept of civil service in Bulgarian society. Criteria for the Evaluation of Applications 1. Approved documents for financial support. 2. Evaluation of a composition on a given topic. The candidates will be invited to write the composition at ACS. 3. Interview with the candidates approved on the basis of their composition results. 4. The candidates’ overall results from the Admissions Exam.
For more information about Financial Aid or the Polansky and Oberbauer Scholarships, please contact the Alumni Relations, Development, and Admissions Office.