EDS offers tuition assistance and a variety of scholarship opportunities to qualified applicants.

We believe an empty seat at EDS is a lost opportunity. Through the support of the church, donors, our endowment, the Georgia GOAL program, scholarships, and traditional financial aid, we are a lot more affordable than you might imagine.

EDS offers need-based tuition assistance to qualified applicants of any race, gender, and ethnic origin. To determine each family’s need and to ensure objectivity, EDS subscribes to School and Student Services (SSS) through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) for financial aid need-assessment.

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Karen Blanchard Lilly

Director of Admissions

EDS Faculty since 1993; 8 years prior experience
A.A., Augusta Technical College
Augusta College

Georgia GOAL Scholarship

In 2008, Georgia’s elected officials had the remarkable vision to pass the Education Expense Credit law to provide families in Georgia with access to better educational opportunities for their children. Their legislative leadership resulted in what has been described as the nation’s best education expense credit law. Since inception, the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program has been leading the way in implementing this important legislation through their ethical, transparent and proven approach.

The Georgia GOAL Scholarship is available to students entering EDS in prekindergarten through 8th grade and have transferred from a Georgia public school. For the year 2022-23, EDS has awarded over $290,000 to students to date from GA GOAL.

To learn more about Georgia GOAL, click here.

Community Partnership Programs

Community Partnership Programs were created to say thank you to families who serve our community and nation. EDS provides a three year discount for the following organizations:

Augusta University Partnership, Fort Gordon, and Piedmont Augusta Community Partnership

  • Year One: 25% off tuition
  • Year Two: 15% off tuition
  • Year Three: 10% off tuition


  • Parent/Guardian must be employed by Augusta University, AU Health, or Piedmont Augusta
  • Serve in any branch of the military or work as a civilian at Fort Gordon
  • First time enrolling in an Augusta independent school
  • Student must successfully complete admissions process

North Augusta Scholarship

North Augusta Scholarships are awarded annually to students who reside in North Augusta, SC. These awards pay 25-75% of tuition based on merit and need. These scholarships are available for students entering kindergarten through 8th grade.

Call Karen Lilly or Lakeisha Thigpen at our Admissions Office (706-733-1192) for more information on additional scholarship opportunities.

Click here to access our financial assistance application.