Variable Tuition FAQS
Think You Can’t Afford A Christian Education?
Think again. Faith Christian Academy proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Faith is not a “One-size-fits all.” It’s a range, a range that spans from 40-80% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. No family at FCA pays the full cost of education.
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 reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a Faith Christian Academy 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 kindergarten through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Faith Christian Academy, 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 income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Faith.
An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial need, 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 level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to Smart Aid, a third-party agency, at www.smartaidforparents.com. Smart Aid evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the school’s financial office.
Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide Variable Tuition to every deserving student. We work within the available resources to make the school accessible to as many students and families as possible.
Do I need to apply to Faith Christian Academy to receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?
Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?
Typically within 3 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.
What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?
(Ask Cindy for Smart Aid charges etc)
FAQs For Prospective Parents
Should every new Faith Christian Academy family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the exit range of the Variable Tuition should submit an application.
Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.
If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.
Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new students, application to Faith Christian Academy and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes.However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.
Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student’s chance of being admitted to the school?
No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process.
What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?
A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to exit range of Variable Tuition to those who are at the entry level of the range. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.
Are some families awarded full tuition?
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. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.
Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?
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.
Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:
Henry Thompson, Director of Operations
215-257-4577 Ext. 3304
Ryan J. Clymer, Headmaster
215-257-4577 Ext. 3303