Variable Tuition F.A.Q.’s

Variable Tuition F.A.Q.’s


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 families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a Riverside Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. As a result, our students represent a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, enhancing the learning experience for every Riverside Christian student.


How does Variable Tuition work?

Any family (current or new) of a first through twelfth-grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Riverside Christian School 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 Riverside Christian.


Who funds Variable Tuition?

Riverside is a private school and does not receive support from the government. Variable Tuition is funded by our Community Partners and our Riverside families and staff.


Should every new Riverside Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay full tuition should submit an application.


Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.


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, an application for admission to the school must be started before an application for Variable Tuition can be submitted. The Variable Tuition application will be processed as part of the admissions and enrollment process.


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. Riverside Christian practices need-blind admissions.


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 can qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. 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. A maximum of 50% may be awarded for tuition only.


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.


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