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Variable tuition

Affording a private Christian education is more attainable than you might think! 

Families with children in rising kindergarten through eighth grade may apply for Variable Tuition. 

Variable Tuition applications are considered on a rolling basis. Awards are communicated to applicants generally within 10 business days of the time BCA receives the Variable Tuition application and supporting documents. The one-time application/testing fee ($75 for new students) and 5% non-refundable tuition deposit must be completed prior to application for Variable Tuition. 

Each decision is based upon the individual financial needs of the family from the household income and tax information from the previous year. 

Families may begin applying now for Variable Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year. Please note that there is a $49 non-refundable fee for the application process. 

For questions specifically about Variable Tuition, please call our Business office at 423.622.3755, ext. 13 or ext. 16. 

Quick Directions on How to Apply for Variable Tuition

Variable Tuition FAQS 

Think you can't afford a quality Christian education? Think again!  Belvoir Christian Academy proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Belvoir Christian Academy 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 Belvoir Christian Academy 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 family’s financial situation. Thus, this makes a Belvoir Christian Academy education affordable to many qualified students who otherwise could not join our school community.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

Any family (current or new) of a kindergarten through eighth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Belvoir 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, liabilities, 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 Belvoir Christian Academy.

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 School and Student Services (SSS), a third-party agency. SSS 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 Belvoir Christian Academy to receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Yes. 

Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Typically within two weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.

What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?

The cost to apply for Variable Tuition is $49 paid directly to SSS. 


FAQs for Prospective Parents

Should every new Belvoir Christian Academy family submit an application for Variable Tuition? 

No. Only families who feel that they may not be 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 who 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 Belvoir 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, liabilities, 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.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

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

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions should be directed to Emily Patton, Director of Admissions, [email protected]; 423.622.3755 ext. 12 or  Audra Cardillo, [email protected];423.622.3755, ext. 13. 


FAQs for Current Parents
Should every returning Belvoir 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.

I’m currently receiving financial aid. How does this work for Variable Tuition?

Belvoir Christian Academy no longer provides scholarships or financial aid. Variable Tuition will take the place of these programs.

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, liabilities, 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.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

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

Will I still receive a "multi-student discount"? 

Although the Variable Tuition application considers the size of the family as a factor in determining your tuition amount, you will still receive the "multi-student discount" applied to your Variable Tuition amount. 

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions should be directed to Emily Patton, Director of Admissions, [email protected]; 423.622.3755 ext. 12 or  Audra Cardillo, [email protected];423.622.3755, ext. 13. 

HOW TO COMPLETE THE PARENTS’ FINANCIAL STATEMENT (PFS) ONLINE

Click HERE to begin the online application process to apply for Variable Tuition.

1. Create your PFS Online account with your email address and a password. If you have applied previously, simply login to the PFS Online as a Returning Family, using the email address and password you set up last year.

2. Begin a PFS for Academic Year 2018-2019. You can log out of the PFS Online at any time, then return later to complete it.

3. After you have pressed submit, you’ll be brought to a payment screen. The fee of $49 is nonrefundable. Once your PFS is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn from the SSS system.

NEXT STEPS

After you pay for and submit your PFS, you’ll have access in the PFS Online to a section called “My Documents.” You can upload the additional documents we require there. We will communicate our decision to you directly. To make a decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point. We also consider our school policies and practices, as well as the budget we have to offer each family in the way of Variable Tuition.