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Variable Tuition

St. Timothy's Christian Academy aspires to admit students who demonstrate academic promise, leadership, extra-curricular and community service interests, regardless of their families’ socio-economic, ethnic or religious backgrounds.

Our goal is to continue to make our education accessible to all families, which is why St. Timothy's Christian Academy does not have a one-size-fits-all tuition. Instead, we offer a range of tuition levels that match a variety of financial situations. We call it variable tuition.

To put it simply, variable tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program. Our variable tuition program allows families who will enroll their children from kindergarten to grade 5 to apply for reduced tuition, making an education at St. Timothy's Christian affordable for all families.

Over our school’s 39-year history, generous donors have financially supported the students of St. Timothy's Christian Academy by establishing endowed scholarship funds. Their generosity and commitment to education allow us to work with all families in an effort to make a solid Christian education accessible. Historically, we have identified this endowment support as Financial Aid, helping offset the stated rate of tuition. More recently, we work with FACTS Management to focus our attention on each individual family’s ability to contribute to their child’s education based on their family’s unique financial circumstances.

A St. Timothy's Christian Academy education is an investment in your child and their future. 

Variable Tuition FAQs


 
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 an St. Timothy’s 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 junior kindergarten through fifth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at St. Timothy’s 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 St. Timothy’s.
 
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 FACTS Management (FACTS), a third-party agency. FACTS 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 St. Timothy’s 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 2 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.
 
What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?
During the “Early Decision” and “Open Enrollment” portion of our Application Timeline the cost to apply for Variable Tuition is $45. 
Should every new St. Timothy’s 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 St. Timothy’s 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:
 
Cat Miller Enrollment Director
cat.miller@stlcsj.org

Jeanette Stahlke Financial Administrator 
jeanette.stahlke@stlcsj.org

Fees


Tuition Deposit
A non-refundable tuition deposit is due at the time of enrollment. This deposit is credited towards the total tuition amount. Enrollment is not complete until the deposit has been paid. The tuition deposit for preschool students is $400 and for elementary students is $650.
 
Diaper Fee for Non-Toilet Trained Children (Preschool 2s only)
2 day a week: $150/month
3 or 5 day a week: $200/month

Useful Links


Submit Variable Tuition Application
Applications for variable tuition can be completed online through FACTS Management. FACTS performs an initial evaluation and reports a recommendation or need-calculation to the Variable Tuition team.
 

To apply for Variable Tuition click here

Tuition Billing
Families may pay in full, in 10 payments, or in 10 monthly installments beginning in August. St. Timothy's uses FACTS Management for all school billing. The FACTS program can be accessed and managed through a convenient online portal.
 

To make a tuition payment click here

If you have questions about applying for Variable Tuition, please contact the Admissions Office at school@stlcsj.org or by phone at (408)265-0244.