Valley Christian School - Financial Aid
Financial Aid Philosophy:
Valley Christian's financial aid program is designed to help all qualified, mission-appropriate students access a private Christian school education. VCS seeks students from a variety of backgrounds who are fully aligned to the vision and mission of the school, who are committed to academic excellence, to growing in faith and in leadership, and who desire to actively participate in a variety of co-curricular opportunities offered.
Financial Aid is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need. Valley Christian does not offer merit-based scholarships, athletic or arts scholarships, tuition loans or full tuition awards. VCS believes that every family is capable of making a financial contribution to attend.
The Admissions process and the financial aid process are completely independent of one another. Admittance to Valley Christian School is determined without regard to a family’s application for financial aid. Our Head of School only reviews financial aid requests after a decision has been made to admit the student to the school, the family has signed and returned all necessary enrollment paperwork and the registration fees have been paid.
An industry benchmark for private independent schools is to provide 20%-25% of students with financial aid. Valley Christian currently exceeds the benchmark by providing over 40% of its students with tuition assistance.
Financial Aid Procedures:
Each year during the spring, the VCS school board will recommend the financial aid budget for the upcoming school year to the Head of School. Since inception, Valley Christian has been able to offer assistance to qualified families on an annual basis. FACTS will calculate families financial need; we use this tool to determine the amount of the awards. If awarded assistance, the funds are applied only towards tuition. The family will still be responsible for all other incidental expenses including fees. Recipients will be notified electronically of the Head of School’s decision.
The amount of the financial aid awarded is based on the demonstrated financial need as determined by an assessment of the confidential financial information the family submits through FACTS Grant & Aid Management. The Head of School will review the results received from FACTS prior to making the final decision. In some unique circumstances, the Head of School will also take into consideration supplemental information provided by the family. Families are required to update their financial information each year, by the deadline, in order to be considered for an award.
Awards are renewed each year subject to a student’s continued demonstrated need, the student’s academic progress and continued alignment with the vision and mission of Valley Christian. All students who are receiving financial assistance from VCS are required to maintain a 2.5GPA or higher. Grade checks will be done each quarter. If a student falls below the required GPA for one quarter they are placed on probation for the following quarter. If a student is unable to bring their GPA up to the above mentioned standard during their probationary quarter they will lose their financial aid. The student will have the option to remain as an attendee but will not be given financial support from the school. A student who loses their financial assistance due to academics is eligible to reapply the following year if they have shown improvement and are able to meet the GPA standards.
All financial information and documents are kept in the strictest confidence. VCS requires that each recipient of an award also keep the amount of their award confidential.
FACTS Grant & Aid:
Valley Christian’s financial aid application process utilizes FACTS Grant & Aid Management. This online process opens each year in October and can be conveniently completed at any time, day or night. We encourage you to gather all of your financial information and tax documents before you begin the application process. If there is a split or blended family, each parent is required to submit their information to FACTS.
For all new and returning families, the deadline to complete the FACTS financial aid application is April 15th. For all families whose students are admitted after the initial deadline, financial aid requests will be reviewed upon full completion of the financial aid application process.
The fee to apply for financial aid is $30. It is non-refundable and paid via credit card directly to FACTS.
If you have any further questions about the financial aid application process, please contact our admissions director Sherry Cabrera via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Valley Christian School admits students of any gender, race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Valley Christian does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance, athletic, arts or other school administrated programs.