Costs and Financial Aid
Once students are invited to become members of GSSM, parents are provided financial aid information and fee payment instructions at New Student Orientation in May.
There is no tuition to attend GSSM's Residential Program. While there are fees associated with some January Interim course choices, the State of South Carolina provides funding for housing and courses offered by GSSM.
- The Student meal fee for new Juniors of $2,400 per student per year and will not increase during their enrollment here. This fee pays a portion of the cost of your child’s meal plan. The Senior meal fee remains unchanged from last year. See below for information regarding future changes to the meal plan.
- A one-time refundable security deposit of $100 to help cover any damage. This fee is requested once the student accepts the invitation to GSSM. This security deposit will be refunded at the end of the senior year, minus any charges for damages.
Payment of Fees
The meal fee may be paid in full or in monthly installments. The first payment is due by the first week of August. GSSM accepts credit card payments. GSSM does not charge interest in its payment plan.
No student will be denied participation in GSSM’s residential program due to inability to pay fees. Financial aid is available. GSSM follows a need-blind policy with regard to admitting qualified students. For purposes of financial aid, GSSM uses guidelines based on the federal free and reduced lunch program’s family income scale.
Optional Costs of a GSSM Student:
- $100 Parents Advisory Council (PAC) yearly fee, which funds programs sponsored by PAC committees, such as snacks and drinks for GSSM students during athletic events and school dances and student goody bags
- Yearbook: approximately $70, due in the spring semester
- School ring
- Graduation supplies (i.e., cap and gown, invitations)
- Computer: GSSM has a computer lab for students, but many students choose to have their own personal computer.
- SAT, ACT, AP (if not enrolled in the corresponding AP course) and PSAT test fees
- January Interim: GSSM offers a variety of interim courses for little or no cost, but some activities, like the international trips, are more costly.
Incidental Costs of a GSSM Student:
- Health and wellness: Students may keep over-the-counter medication in their room as long as it is reported to the nurse.
- Academic supplies: GSSM does not have an official school supply list, but items typically needed for the school year include paper, binders, notebooks and journals, pencils and pens, a backpack and a graphing calculator.
- Personal items and snacks: Although GSSM does not have an absolute figure for monthly allowances, keep in mind your teenager’s normal expenditures for personal use (e.g., movies or pizza with friends).
- School dances: Winter Formal and Prom
- Extracurricular activities and/or sports: Although GSSM supplies athletic gear and uniforms, special items may be needed.
Future Changes to the Meal Plan
In January 2018, the GSSM Board of Trustees authorized the school to increase the family cost of the meal plan incrementally over five years (pdf) until it reaches $3,000 per student per year. This is currently full cost per student of GSSM's meal plan. This increase will make GSSM's fee structure consistent with other similar schools. The fee that a student enrolling in their first year at GSSM will not increase while they remain enrolled. Financial Aid will remain available for qualifying families, and the school remains committed that no accepted student will be denied participation in GSSM's residential progam due to inability to pay the meal fee.