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An Investment Worth A Lifetime


Attending Thunderbird is a significant financial commitment. But when Thunderbird is the right fit for a student, it's also a valuable investment. Our focus on mental, physical, and spiritual development prepares students for college as well as the rest of their lives; and our college credit classes, aviation opportunities, and nursing program provide academic jump starts for the next phase of their career, improving their eligibility for exclusive secondary education programs and reducing the number of classes they'll need to take in college. That means less money spent on college tuition, and the opportunity to start their career sooner.

We're looking for talented and motivated students, and we're committed to helping them find a way to make the Thunderbird investment affordable. Last year 98% of our domestic students received some level of financial assistance. Students receiving assistance were awarded over half a million dollars in total, and on average students received more than $4,000 each—with financial aid covering nearly 100% of tuition in several cases.

Financial Assistance For Tuition Costs

Financial assistance, which comes in a variety of forms, is granted to families based on several factors, including family income, number of children in the family, number of children in church school, student GPA, and funds available.

An appointment should be arranged with the finance office to discuss a student’s needs as early in the application process as possible. A copy of the current federal income tax forms or W-2s are required as part of the application process.

Funds are limited. To be eligible for most of these options, students meet specific criteria and fill out application materials.


The following requirements must be met to be eligible for any of Thunderbird Adventist Academy’s financial aid programs including scholarship assistance, church or summer work matching, and all other financial aid programs:

  • Academic: The student must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and may not be on two consecutive D & F lists
  • Attendance: The student must have fewer than 18 attendance points at all times
  • Citizenship: The student must maintain a positive citizenship record, and not be involved in any major discipline issues (Major discipline is any issue that is reviewed by Administrative Council.)
  • Work: The student must work at least 15 hours per month. If the student cannot work the minimum of 15 hours per month due to scheduling conflicts they may appeal to Administrative Council to lower this requirement
  • Parental Commitment: The parent (or responsible party) must stay current with their monthly financial commitment to Thunderbird



Applications for Financial Aid, Tuition Discount, and Summer Work Match must be completed before August 1st.  All financial assistance, scholarship awards, and matching amounts require continued enrollment and re-qualification each year.

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