Tuition Assistance Policy
“Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.” 2 Corinthians 8:13-15
It is a biblical truth that we, as a family of believers, should assist each other in our needs. For this reason our Tuition Assistance Fund exists to help meet the needs of families that would like to attend Rincon Valley Christian School, but are unable to afford the entire cost of the program. Our goal is to provide Christian parents, who truly desire to have their children attend Rincon Valley Christian School, the opportunity to enroll. Rincon Valley Christian School offers tuition assistance to families who, for various reasons, are unable to pay full tuition. The choice to enroll your children in a Christian school comes with a cost. At Rincon Valley Christian School we make every effort to balance the desire to keep tuition as low as possible with the desire to fully support our programs.
Tuition assistance is determined by establishing financial need, and in consideration of other factors specific to each family. Funding is supported by gifts from those who had formerly received aid and individuals and organizations that support our school’s vision and mission. The qualification process begins for new families to Rincon Valley Christian School with a completed application for admission to Rincon Valley Christian School. After you have applied for admission an application for tuition assistance must be made through FACTS. Current enrolled families may apply at any time.
After receiving completed documentation from FACTS the Tuition Assistance Committee will contact the applicant and advise them of their qualified assistance. Grant and aid applicants will be placed in the appropriate class waiting lists based upon date of application and available seats. Returning families must reapply each year.
Applications for tuition assistance must be submitted directly to the processing firm (FACTS). A complete submission includes all data requested on the application forms, a copy of the family’s Federal tax form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the most recent tax year with accompanying schedules, W-2 forms, and the applicable fee. The processing company will evaluate the data and determine the applicant’s “adjusted available income” and analyze the “student need.”
Financial information is strictly confidential. Fully completed tuition assistance applications will be considered only after a family has applied for enrollment and paid the appropriate application fees. In the case of extenuating circumstances, late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Tuition Assistance Committee. However, applications received by the deadline will be considered first. The Tuition Assistance Committee will review the findings of the processing company, evaluate applications with special circumstances, and notify applicants of tuition assistance offered.
Parents must demonstrate an understanding of and desire for Christian education. To qualify for tuition assistance, they should be able to provide specific examples of financial sacrifices they have made or are prepared to make in their own lives to enable their children to attend a Christian school (working extra jobs, cutting back on discretionary spending, selling vehicles, delaying major purchases, etc. This sacrifice balances the sacrifice of the tuition assistance donors and the staff of the school.
- Eligibility shall be based on demonstrated student need and space availability in the classroom.
- Any balances owed by the applicant from a prior school year must be in compliance with contracts/agreements for a tuition assistance application to be accepted.
- Continuing good behavior by the student both in and out of school is required or the remainder of the assistance award may be withdrawn upon written notice. All students on tuition assistance must maintain at least a “C” average (70% or above) with no “F” grades in any subject at the end of each semester.
- Parents must demonstrate a cooperative attitude toward the school administration and staff or the remainder of the assistance award may be withdrawn upon written notice.
- Tuition assistance does not renew automatically. Families must be re-registered and re-apply for tuition assistance each year.
- Once tuition assistance is granted, it will accrue in the same manner in which the family receiving assistance pays their portion of the tuition, i.e. if the family pays monthly, tuition assistance will accrue monthly; if the family pays an entire semester, tuition assistance will accrue for the entire semester. Tuition assistance will only continue as the family receiving assistance keeps up with their payment of tuition. Families on tuition assistance do not qualify for pre-pay in full discounts
- If a student withdraws from school during the year or is expelled, all unused portions of the tuition assistance will be retained in or returned to the Fund.
- Although tuition assistance is granted for the entire school year, the continuation of the grant award may be reviewed each semester. Prior to the start of each semester, parents may be asked to certify in writing that their financial status has not changed from the original application.
- Parents are expected to try to pay more toward their children’s tuition if their financial situation improves during the year so that more needy families may be assisted. Therefore, parents must notify the school if the family’s financial condition changes during the year. Failure to comply will affect eligibility for further assistance.
Tuition assistance awards
In order to meet the needs of the greatest number of families, the maximum award will generally be no more than 50% of the annual tuition. The amount of the award will be based on the applicant’s “adjusted available income” and “student need” as determined by the application processing company (FACTS). The Tuition Assistance Committee will review applications and verify eligibility based on requirements defined in this policy. Once eligibility is established, assistance will be offered to applicants in order of determined need. The applicant with the greatest student need will be aided first, the applicant with the second greatest need second, and so on in order of student need until ninety percent of the monies in the Fund have been committed. Any funds that are awarded and subsequently not used due to withdrawal of the student or other loss of eligibility as defined by this policy will be returned to the pool of funds available for award to other eligible students under this policy. Qualified families who do not receive an award due to depletion of the available fund shall remain eligible for the remainder of the school year should funds become available.
Rincon Valley Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and athletic and other school administered programs. Rincon Valley Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnic origin in the hiring, management or supervision of its faculty and staff.
Tuition Assistance Processing Schedule
- February 1st: Application period opens for the next school year
- May 1st First application period ends, Tuition Assistance Committee reviews data
- May 15th Applicants notified of awards
- June 1st: Awardees must re-confirm enrollment, re-confirm need, and accept award.
- July-August: Remaining applicants are reviewed and awards granted in August based upon available funds.
- February 1st: Application period opens for the next school year
Contributions to the Fund may be tax deductible. A tax advisor should be consulted to determine deductibility. Checks should be payable to the Rincon Valley Christian School Tuition Assistance Fund. An Annual Report will be sent to each contributor upon request or for amounts of $1000 or more.