To keep our school as affordable as possible, tuition is based on the yearly cost of educating a student. To help those who cannot pay full tuition, the SCS Board budgets an amount each year to be distributed to families with students in full-day pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (no aid is available for preschool students, half day pre-kindergarten students, and international students). Requests for tuition assistance do not impact admissions decisions. Families currently receiving tuition assistance must reapply each year, and the level of assistance may change based on any changes in family income and availability of funds.
While we are committed to providing Christian education to all families who desire it, funding for tuition assistance leaves gaps in our budget. These gaps must be filled by our annual fundraising efforts and donations from current families, alumni, and supporters in our greater community.
How to Apply
Shoreline Christian School uses the FACTs Grant & Aid to help assess a family's ability to pay school tuition. Start you application with FACTs.
The deadline for applications is April 15. You will hear a response by May 15, 2019.
Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the due date. Late or incomplete applications may not receive full consideration for a tuition assistance award. For families requesting a higher level of tuition assistance, a face to face meeting will be required to discuss the request.
Please call the Business Office at 206.364.7777 or email Michelle Jimenez for additional information.
Note: Applying for admission to Shoreline Christian School and applying for tuition assistance are two separate processes. Tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis and must be re-applied for each year (although current students are offered re-enrollment every year).
Shoreline Christian School treats all financial information provided by families as strictly confidential. The identity of all students receiving tuition assistance is held in strict confidence. We ask families who receive financial aid to also treat this information in trust. Violation of this trust makes it more difficult for our school to offer tuition assistance on a case by case basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Shoreline Christian’s tuition assistance program is available for full-time students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade only. Preschool, half-day pre-kindergarteners and international students are not eligible to receive financial aid at this time. By law, international students are required to show proof of financial ability to live and study in the United States.
How do I know if our family will qualify for tuition assistance?
Although Shoreline Christian works to keep tuition at a reasonable level, most families adjust their spending priorities, maximize both parents' earnings, and carefully manage assets to afford tuition. Although we would like to provide guidelines to help parents decide whether to apply for assistance, we have found that each family's circumstance is unique.
How is tuition assistance determined?
Shoreline Christian’s tuition assistance program is administered following the guidelines of FACTs Grant and Aid. FACTS Grand and Aid is a national financial aid reviewing organization for independent schools. Tuition assistance is awarded based upon availability of Shoreline Christian funds. SCS does not receive federal money and relies on fundraising efforts to increase available dollars for tuition assistance. All tuition assistance awards are confidentially and discreetly administered by Shoreline Christian School’s tuition assistance committee.
The tuition assistance committee at Shoreline Christian uses the standardized calculation derived by FACTs Grant and Aid as an initial guide in allocating assistance. This system considers gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After an allowance for basic necessities and required taxes, the remaining funds are considered available for education on a sliding scale by FACTs.
How do I apply for tuition assistance?
Complete the online financial aid application
What if our family is divorced, separated, or remarried – whose information do I need to include?
In the case of divorced or separated parents, we ask both parents to complete a financial statement to provide a realistic picture of all family resources. We are aware that circumstances differ widely among separated or divorced parents and urge you to contact the Business Office if there is difficulty in providing the requested information.
Will I receive the same tuition assistance next year?
No. Families must reapply for tuition assistance each year. The award for each year is determined independently of awards from prior years and may change due to family financial circumstances or Shoreline Christian’s available funding. Additionally, tuition assistance awards are contingent upon payment in full of the prior year’s account.