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General 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 family’s unique financial situation. This makes a Traverse City Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. As a result, our students represent a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, enhancing the learning experience for every TC Christian student.

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 Traverse City 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. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Traverse City Christian.

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, 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.

Do I need to apply to Traverse City Christian School 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 $30. During “Special Consideration” and “Mid Year Transfer” time-frames, the cost is $50.

Prospective Family FAQs

 

Should every new Traverse City Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay full 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, an application for admission to the school must be submitted before an application for Variable Tuition.

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. Traverse City Christian practices need-blind admissions.

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 can qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. 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 more than a 50% award on tuition.

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 Traverse City Christian School Board of Trustees has established student to teacher ratios and 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 about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

❖ David Best, Finance Manager dbest@tcchristian.org 231.929.1747 Ext 124

Current Family FAQs

 

Should every returning Traverse City Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay the full 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 returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. Re-enrolling Traverse City Christian students who submit an application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.

Do I need to apply for re-enrollment separately from applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. For returning students, the re-enrollment agreement must be completed before the application for Variable Tuition can be considered.

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 full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. 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 more than a 50% award on tuition.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

No. The Traverse City Christian School Board of Trustees has established student to teacher ratios and 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 about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

❖ David Best, Finance Manager dbest@tcchristian.org 231.929.1747 Ext 124