Affording Private Christian School Tuition 

As a parent, you understand how significantly your child’s learning environment will impact them, both now and in the future. There are things that a Christian education can offer — academics taught from a Biblical perspective, mentorship, and enrichment opportunities to learn, serve, and lead — but you might be concerned about how the cost of private school tuition will affect your family’s budget or lifestyle. 

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We are committed to making an excellent, Christ-centered education accessible to families in Fredericksburg, VA, and the surrounding area. Affordability is an important consideration for parents, which is why we offer variable tuition.

At Fredericksburg Christian School, students move through a strong academic program with character education and Biblical truth integrated into every subject area. As a result, they develop a lifelong Christian worldview which allows them to make a difference in the world through various fields. 

  • Students receive individual attention and mentorship in the classroom and beyond, because we offer intimate class sizes
  • A full athletic program (27 teams), vibrant fine arts offerings, and  interest-based clubs and leadership opportunities enrich the learning experience.
  • Christ-centered faculty partner with parents,  reinforcing the values being taught at home
  • Challenging academics, 13 AP courses, leadership opportunities, and the best technology allow our students to thrive in the classroom and exceed national average test scores.
  • Students flourish in a safe, positive, and close-knit community with a wide variety of opportunities to stay engaged and grow.

Learn more about how an impactful Christian education can help your child thrive.
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Affording an FCS Education 

While considering school options, so many families approach the cost of private education with one of these strong assumptions:

If this is the tuition, then we can’t afford this school because we don’t earn enough.


We shouldn’t even bother asking about financial aid because I’m sure we earn too much to qualify for any assistance.

In reality, many families with a range of incomes do qualify for financial aid. Variable Tuition is a means of helping as many families as possible afford the best education possible for their children. We know that is truly every family’s first priority, and the variable tuition system we use at FCS provides a clear, impartial, and transparent process for determining your financial aid eligibility. 

Our Variable Tuition application is easy to complete, and we offer a scholarship program as well. After you apply for your child(ren), we’ll be able to tell you exactly what your family’s tuition costs will be. Many families are happily surprised to learn that our exceptional education really is affordable for them.

64% of our existing families currently receive some form of discount or financial aid.

How much does it cost? 

As you consider Fredericksburg Christian School, we welcome your questions about variable tuition, financial aid, payment plans, or whatever else comes to mind. Our admissions team is here to help you process this decision, so you can choose which learning environment is best for your child with confidence.

Tuition and Fees By Grade 

Grade Level Tuition Activity Fee Tech Fee Annual
PreK 3-4 yr olds – 8:20 am – 12:30 pm
5 Days/Week $5,744 $60 N/A $5,804
3 Days/Week $4,308 $60 N/A $4,368
2 Days/Week (PK 3 Only) $2,873 $60 N/A $2,933
K – 1/2 Day – 8:20 am – 12:30 pm $7,183 $85 $200 $7,468
Grades 1-5 – 8:20 am – 3:05 pm $10,081 $100 $200 $10,381
Grades 6-8 – 8:00 am – 2:45 pm $11,205 $195 $350 $11,750
Grades 9-12 – 8:00 am – 2:45 pm $11,851 $325 $350 $12,526

View the FAQ below to learn more about payment options, discounts, and extended care fees. 

Tuition includes all textbooks. Activity fee includes retreats and field trips. Technology fee includes our iPad program. Insurance for iPads is additional and optional, though highly encouraged.

Continuous Enrollment

Our streamlined enrollment process eliminates the hassle of annual re-enrollment and multiple deposits. Once enrolled, your student’s spot is reserved through their graduation date (unless you notify the school of your intention to withdraw your student by the annual deadline of February 15th.)  Read more about Continuous Enrollment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application fee?

The application and evaluation fee for each new student is $100. 

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Is there an annual enrollment fee for returning students?

There is no annual enrollment fee for returning students. Please see Continuous Enrollment details.

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Is an enrollment deposit required to secure my child’s spot?

No. However, in order to hold a spot, an enrollment packet must be completed within 10 business day of acceptance. Your continuous enrollment to FCS begins upon completion of the enrollment packet. Should you choose to withdraw from FCS after this point, you would be subject to the terms and conditions of continuous enrollment, which includes a $500 withdrawal fee if the notification comes after February 15th. 

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What types of payment options are available?

All payment plans will be processed through FACTS Management. Payments will automatically be processed through your bank account or stored credit/debit card. (FACTS charges a processing fee for credit/debit cards.) The FACTS payment plan will be set up and chosen at the time of enrollment. We offer families two methods to pay their school bill:

Annual Pay

July 1st Payment Discount Plan (a discount of 1.75% on net tuition applies) – Payment in full of all tuition and fees will be charged to the payment method on file on July 1 of the upcoming school year. FACTS collects a fee of $25 for the year.

FACTS Monthly Payment Plan

Payments can be made by ACH or by credit/debit card. FACTS charges an annual fee of $55 for monthly payment plans.  Payments will be charged to the payment method on file on either the 5th or the 20th of each month.

Two Monthly Options:

  • 10 Monthly Payments – July through April with no payment in May or June
  • 12 Monthly Payments – July through June


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What are the fees for Before School Care and Extended Care?

Extended Care Fees

PreK & K – Extended Care

  • (6:30 AM – opening)   Before School Care
    • 5 Days/Week – $901
    • 3 Days/Week – $613
    • 2 Days/Week – $451
  • (12:30 – 3:00 PM)   Afternoon School Care
    • 5 Days/Week – $2,372
    • 3 Days/Week – $1,613
    • 2 Days/Week – $1,188
  • (12:30 – 6:00 PM)   After School Care
    • 5 Days/Week – $3,868
    • 3 Days/Week – $2,631
    • 2 Days/Week – $1,936

Lower School  (Grades 1-5) – Extended Care

  • (6:30 AM – opening)   Before School Care
    • 5 Days/Week – $901
    • 3 Days/Week – $613
    • 2 Days/Week – $451
  • (3:00 – 6:00 PM)   After School Care
    • 5 Days/Week – $2,919
    • 3 Days/Week – $2,189
    • 2 Days/Week – $1,460


Miscellaneous Fees

Miscellaneous items that may be purchased apart from tuition and fees include: PE uniforms, student pictures, and yearbooks.

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How does FCS determine if a family is eligible for Variable Tuition?

FCS partners with FACTS, a third-party financial processor of Variable Tuition applications for independent schools across the country. FACTS uses an “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC) calculation that takes into account many of the factors that make up a family’s overall financial picture. A carefully selected committee then evaluates each application in a fair, consistent, and confidential manner.

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Is there a cap on available funds for Variable Tuition?

FCS has a generous Variable Tuition budget; however, it is not unlimited. Families who need help affording FCS should apply as soon as possible.

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Is Variable Tuition available for students in all grades?

Variable Tuition is available for all families with students in kindergarten through grade 12. Pre-kindergarten students in the five-day program may also be eligible. The availability of Variable Tuition may vary based on the entering grade level, space in a grade, number of applicants, and budgeted funds.

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Could applying for Variable Tuition diminish the chances of my child being accepted to FCS?

No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are reviewed separately, and submitting an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on an applicant’s admissibility.

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If we do not qualify for Variable Tuition, are there other ways to save on tuition?

Yes! Additional discounts available include:

Multiple Child Discount

Families with two or more children will receive a tuition discount for each child as follows:

(Student in the highest grade level is considered the first child.)

2nd Child – 10%           |  3rd child – 20%           |  4th Child – 25%


Alumni Discount

All children of FCS alumni – in grades pre-K3 (5-day) through 12th grade – will qualify for a $600 discount after all other applicable discounts have been applied.  To qualify for this discount, at least one parent must have graduated from Fredericksburg Christian School after attending for at least two years (K5 – 12th grade). Only one alumni discount per child is allowable maximum – $600 per child).


Advance Payment Discount

A 1.75% tuition discount only applies if tuition and fees are paid in full on or before July 1, of the upcoming school year.

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Can I use my child’s 529 plan to pay their FCS tuition?

529 plans can be used for more than just higher education. Now, you can use 529 plans for private elementary, middle, and high school tuition—up to $10,000 per year.

Click here for more information to see how to use the funds for your children’s private elementary and high school education.

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What is the cost of student busing?

Due to increased demands, bus transportation is not guaranteed and buses are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis as our applications are processed. However, we also provide a carpool list option which allows you to partner with other families in your area. 

Bus Route Fees

# of Children
King George North Stafford South Stafford Rt 3 – West
1 $2,620 $2,667 $934 $1,965
2 $2,881 $2,934 $1,026 $2,161
3 or more $3,011 $3,066 $1,073 $2,260
# of Children
Riding AM Only
or PM Only
King George North Stafford South Stafford Rt 3 -West
1 $1,672 $1,703 $598 $1,256
2 $1,840 $1,873 $657 $1,381
3 or more $1,914 $1,949 $684 $1,447
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What is FCS’s withdrawal policy and how does it affect tuition payment(s)?

Should you decide to withdraw your student/s during the current school year, you must notify the school by completing the Official Withdrawal Notice Form

Each student who withdraws on or after the first day of school will:

  • Be assessed one month’s tuition for each month or portion of a month in attendance.
  • Be assessed a withdrawal fee of $500 (per student). Deposits and fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Should you elect to decline re-enrollment for the upcoming school year, you must notify the school by completing the Official Withdrawal Notice Form, no later than February 15th of that year. Each student who withdraws between February 15 and the first day of school will:

  • Be assessed a withdrawal fee of $500 (per student). Deposits and fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

*A waiver of the withdrawal fee will be considered on a case-by-case basis in the event of moving out of the area, Variable Tuition Assistance contingencies, or if FCS determines that it can no longer meet your student’s educational needs.

Please be aware that records cannot be transferred to the student’s next school until all FCS property (books, iPads, uniforms, etc.) is returned, and all accounts with the business office are up to date.

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Schedule a Tour 

If you’re looking for a Christ-centered learning environment where your child can experience positive growth academically, socially, and spiritually, we encourage you to explore more about FCS. Schedule a Visit Today 

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