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Variable Tuition

Think you cannot afford a private Christian education?  Think again!

For the 2020-2021 school year, Hillcrest Christian Academy is proud to introduce a new Variable Tuition model to determine your family's specific tuition rate for any given year.  


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 unique financial situations. Thus, this makes a Hillcrest 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 Pre-K through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Hillcrest 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 HCA.

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 financial aid application in FACTS. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS, a third-party agency. FACTS evaluates the application and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. Families are then notified by HCA of the tuition level for which they qualify.

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 Hillcrest Christian Academy to receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?
Typically you will receive confirmation within 2 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.

What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?
FACTS charges $35 per application whether you have one child or multiple children.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.

What is the deadline to apply for Variable Tuition?
Applications are submitted to FACTS and considered after you have submitted a student application to Hillcrest Christian Academy. Applications for new families are accepted throughout the year as families apply to HCA.

What do I need to submit to FACTS?
You will need to fill out an application in FACTS, and upload your most recently filed tax documents.

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 Hillcrest Christian Academy and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. For existing families, you will be able to access the Variable Tuition application process within the online re-enrollment system.

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 the full tuition rate to those who are at the entry level of the variable tuition 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. Your family will not 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.

Should every HCA family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay the full tuition should submit an application.

What is the deadline to apply for Variable Tuition?
Applications can be submitted to FACTS at any time, but the earlier that application is made, the more likely that an award will be made based on qualifying factors.