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Variable Tuition

General FAQs

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 Liberty Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.

Any family (current or new) of a K4 through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Liberty Christian 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 income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.

An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the admission process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have applied for 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 FACTS, a third-party agency. FACTS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Finance Committee. 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.

Typically within 6 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service. The Finance Committee meets to review applications on a monthly basis.

The FACTS Application Fee is $30.

FAQs for Current Parents

No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the standard rate (top figure) of the tuition scale should submit an application.

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

You will see very little difference in using Variable Tuition from the process LCS used under the former financial aid program. 

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to the top end of the tuition scale 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.

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.

No. The Liberty Christian School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those long-established ratios, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students. One of LCS's distinctives is the individual attention our students receive due to aprropriate student to teacher ratios.

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

 

Carisa VanderPol, Finance Coordinator

cvanderpol@libertychristian.net

509-946-0602, ext. 265

 

Cheryl Richards, Admissions Coordinator

crichards@libertychristian.net

509-946-0602, ext. 229

FAQs for Prospective Parents

No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the standard rate at the top end of the tuition scale should submit an application.

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

Yes. For new students, application to Liberty Christian School and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.

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 top end of the tuition scale 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.

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.

No. The Liberty Christian School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

 

Carisa VanderPol, Finance Coordinator

cvanderpol@libertychristian.net

509-946-0602, ext. 265

 

Cheryl Richards, Admissions Coordinator

crichards@libertychristian.net

509-946-0602, ext. 229