Students from families just like yours afford Grace every year. Why not yours?
*Reported GCS family income for variable tuition recipients.
We have been so thankful over the years for the support to families like ours who could not send a child to Grace without variable tuition. We believe God led us to choose Grace for our child.
Dan & Rhonda Laverty
Parents of a GCS Student
We’re proud to offer Variable Tuition
Grace Community School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Grace is not a one-size-fits-all. It’s a range. A range that spans from 45-85% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position.
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What is Variable Tuition?
Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for tuition pricing that is right for their unique financial situations. This makes a GCS education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.
How does Variable Tuition work?
Any family (current or new) of a junior kindergarten through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the highest tuition rate at Grace Community School and they think they may qualify for the program. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay, including, but not limited to, income, assets, unusual expenses, size of the family, and other unusual financial circumstances. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition funds available at GCS.
An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial capability, parents should initiate the re-enrollment or admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have applied for re-enrollment or admission to the school.
It is not possible for a family or the school to estimate the tuition pricing for a given family without a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS, a third-party agency. FACTS evaluates the application and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. GCS employees never see any family’s personal financial information. FACTS simply recommends a tuition pricing formula to the school. GCS then notifies the family of their qualified tuition pricing.
Variable Tuition is available to any deserving student on a first-come, first-served basis, governed by those resources the school has available to it in order to supplement variable tuition pricing. That said, GCS works with as many families as possible to make the dream of a GCS education a reality.
Variable Tuition FAQs
Typically you will receive confirmation within 2-3 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.
The cost to apply for Variable Tuition through FACTS Grant and Aid is $40 per family.
No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay full tuition should submit an application.
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year, in order to verify the current financial status.
Applications are submitted to FACTS and considered after you have submitted a student application to Grace Community School. Applications for new families are accepted throughout the year as families apply to Grace.
You will need to fill out an application in FACTS, and upload your latest tax information. The FACTS website will provide instructions on this process, and the GCS business office is available for guidance through Tonya Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year
No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process.
A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to the full tuition rate to those who are at the entry-level of the variable tuition range. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, the size of the family, and other unusual financial circumstances.
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you. Your family will not receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.
No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.
Apply for Variable Tuition
Variable Tuition is available for new and current students. The school strictly safeguards the confidentiality of all financial information supplied by the family. Families who apply for variable tuition should know that both the admissions and the financial aid committees make decisions independently. Variable Tuition awards are based on a recommendation from an independent consulting firm (FACTS), which considers income, assets, debts, and medical and other family circumstances. Click here to apply.
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