Variable Tuition FAQs
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.
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.
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.
Will currently enrolled students receive priority over new students applying for Variable Tuition?
YES. Current FCS students will have priority over new applicants provided all deadlines are met. FACTS GRANT & AID will provide an evaluation via an online application which must be completed each year. Tax returns are required. No aid will be awarded without a completed application.
Do I still need to apply to FCS for admission of my children?
YES. The admission process is separate from the financial aid process. New families must submit an application before applying for variable tuition.
Will a Variable Tuition request hurt the likelihood of acceptance?
Determination of tuition levels is a separate function from our admissions process. Families should not hesitate to apply for tuition assistance out of concern that it might impact their child’s acceptance into our school.
What kind of economic situation is typical for families paying below the highest tuition level?
Family circumstances range widely. Aid is awarded based on need. Factors such as sources of income, expenses, number of students in the family and cost of living in our area are considered.
While some families can afford only minimal tuition, others can afford to pay full tuition.
Do some Variable Tuition families pay nothing for tuition?
All families will be required to pay something as an investment in their child’s Christian education. In fact, no family awarded variable tuition will receive more than a 50% discount.
What expenses are there other than tuition?
Even with reduced tuition, families will still be responsible to pay the $100 per child school application fee. Each student will incur expenses such as lunch, extracurricular activities, technology fee, activity fee, school supplies, and wardrobe/dress code compliant clothing.
Do I apply for Variable Tuition each year?
YES. Priority is given to returning families. The online application must be resubmitted each year along with the appropriate tax returns and other documents
Will FCS offer tuition assistance to students because they excel in athletics?
We do not give athletic scholarships. The entire Variable Tuition program is a needs-based program that relies solely on the family’s ability to pay. Some of our students receiving Variable Tuition may be athletes but their athletic ability is not the reason for the award.
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%
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.