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FINANCIAL AID

The Board of Directors of SCS is committed to making tuition affordable for families desiring a Christian education. Since the founding of the school in 1997, significant funds have been devoted to tuition assistance. Over $100,000 in needs-based financial assistance is awarded each academic year.  In order to allocate resources equitably, SCS has contracted the services of ISM's Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to make the determination of financial need. Their online application keeps your financial information secure and confidential.  SCS does not offer academic or athletic scholarships of any kind. While recognizing that some sacrifice is appropriate for  a child's education, the SCS Board acknowledges that financial assistance is necessary to build and maintain an economically diverse student body that reflects the body of Christ in our community. Funding for financial aid is made possible through the donations of churches and individual donors to the general budget of SCS.

DETERMINING FINANCIAL NEED

FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be approved or how much will be offered; rather, FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. FAST provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of how much a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. Results are reviewed by an Administrative Financial Aid Committee who makes recommendations to the Headmaster based on the school's budget. Upon approval, financial aid offers are sent to families who have applied. While no financial aid procedure is entirely equitable, this process  has served SCS well.

FINANCIAL AID PROCEDURES

While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, SCS is committed to making grants available to as many eligible applicants as possible.

Financial Aid Process for CURRENT SCS FAMILIES: 

Complete the FAST online application at this link: FAST

 

**PLEASE NOTE: SCS cannot consider financial aid awards on any prospective student who has NOT first completed and submitted an application for admission to our school. To submit an application for enrollment, click on this link: create new student application

Financial Aid Process for New Families:

  1. AFTER you have completed and submitted an SCS enrollment application for each child, complete the FAST online application. To access, click this link: FAST

  2. Click the Get Started button at the bottom of the first page. The application is self-guided and can be saved mid-session. Online e-mail and a 24/7 helpline is available.

  3. FAST application fee is $43 US and will be charged as 'Independent School Management.' The application fee is non-refundable and payable by MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. (Discover card is not accepted.)

  4. A copy of your most recent tax return, with all schedules, should be mailed directly to FAST in the pre-addressed envelope available in the school office. 

  5. Once the application process is completed, the school will be notified when the report is ready. You may be contacted by the school office if additional information is needed.

It is SCS’s desire to extend financial aid offers before families are required to sign and secure contracts, whether re-enrollment or new contracts. Currently enrolled families must adhere to financial aid deadline dates as communicated by email and in the Spark.

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