Affording Paragon

It is our goal to keep Paragon affordable for as many families as possible. Gross tuition for 2019-20 is $20,500, but on average Paragon students receive approximately $11,500 in annual state funding

Scholarship & Funding Programs

We participate in the McKay and Gardiner scholarship programs through the state of Florida.  Funding typically ranges from $10,000 for students on Gardiner or students who have a McKay 253 matrix level, up to $15,500 for students on McKay with a 254-matrix level.

A brief summary of these programs is provided below, but for full details please visit their websites.

McKay Scholarship Program

Florida's school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting - public or private - for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 31,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2017-18 school year. 

Learn more about the McKay Scholarship

Gardiner Scholarship Program

The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations.

Learn more about the Gardiner Program

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available for families with a demonstrated need. Once a child has been offered admission, parents have the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance through the FACTS portal. For families who qualify, grants are typically equal to one-half to two-thirds of the remaining tuition after the McKay or Gardiner funding is applied against gross tuition.

Following are three are examples of how a family with a demonstrated need for tuition assistance might pay tuition in order for their child to attend Paragon. Note that these are examples only and do not represent actual or implied assistance grants for any student. Grants will be made on a case by case basis.

Net tuition can be paid in one lump sum (July) or in 10 monthly payments (July - April).

Example 1

  • Gross tuition = $20,500
  • State scholarship = $11,000
  • Tuition assistance = $4,500
  • Net tuition = $5,000

Example 2

  • Gross tuition = $20,500
  • State scholarship = $15,000
  • Tuition assistance = $3,000
  • Net tuition = $2,500

Example 3

  • Gross tuition = $20,500
  • State scholarship = $10,500
  • Tuition assistance = $6,600
  • Net tuition = $3,400