A variable tuition model.
At Grace Lutheran School, we use variable tuition, also known as sliding scale tuition, to ensure our education is affordable for all families. The amount is determined by multiple factors affecting a family’s financial means. It offers an appropriate tuition level for each unique family, making our quality, faith-based education accessible to everyone. Over half of our families receive variable tuition.
What is sliding scale tuition or variable tuition?
Sliding scale tuition or variable tuition is a model that allows families to pay what they can reasonably afford to attend Grace School. With this model, each family pays a rate of tuition that fits their unique financial situation. This is available for students in senior kindergarten through eighth grade, and for the morning program for preschool and junior kindergarten.
How does it work?
Any family may apply for variable tuition. The main factors considered when determining a family’s tuition amount include income and number of dependents; each family is asked to pay what they can reasonably afford. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS Management, a third party that evaluates the applications and makes recommendations to Grace School’s Variable Tuition Committee. From those recommendations, the committee determines the variable tuition amount for each family. Families will be notified of the tuition level they qualify for directly from FACTS.
What families qualify 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 to those who are able to pay a smaller percentage of the full tuition amount. Many factors are evaluated, including income, expenses, and family size. For the 2020-21 school year over 50% of our families received tuition assistance.
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 we are sharing in that investment with you.
Does variable tuition factor in multiple students and siblings attending Grace School?
Yes. This is one of the key factors that determines variable tuition. One of the important questions asked on our confidential application asks for family size and number of students enrolled at Grace School.
What is Grace School’s full tuition amount?
For 2021-22, the tuition for a family with one child can vary from $2,600 to $7,800. The minimum amount for families with two children will be $4,700, and for 3 or more children it will be $6,250.
I thought the cost of education was over $8,500. Why is the tuition maximum only $7,800?
Money raised through fundraising (from the Annual Fund for Grace School, a Graceful Evening, and our Walk with Grace event), as well as support from Grace Lutheran Church, is used to keep tuition at a competitive level.
Annual cost: $2,600 – $7,800
Grades JK for 4-year-olds
Morning program / 5 days a week: $2,600 – 4,500
Grades PK for 3-year-olds
Morning program / 5 days a week: $2,600 – $4,500
Morning program / 3 days a week: $2,900
Morning program / 2 days a week: $2,000
Annual Charge for the PK and JK Afternoon Program
1 day a week: $800
2 days a week: $1,600
3 days a week: $2,400
4 days a week: $3,200
5 days a week: $4,000
We offer flexible options for your family’s needs. Our before- and after-school care includes our morning extended care program, opening at 7 a.m., and our afternoon extended care program, available from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. We offer hourly or monthly rates, and discounted rates for families with more than one child.Learn More