Faith-based schools in Kansas City are affiliated with a religious organization. Students usually have religious education in addition to their secular subjects. Faith-based schools do not receive public funding so, most often they charge tuition. Many are also supported by the religious organization with which they are affiliated which may help keep tuition cost down and financial aid may be available. Students apply for admission to faith-based schools which are governed by a board of directors and the religious organization with which they are affiliated.
Affording a Faith-Based School
Most faith-based schools state their annual tuition amounts on their websites. Many also include other fees and costs that are in addition to tuition. Most faith-based schools offer financial aid of some kind and also offer discounts for siblings in the same family.
Apply for Financial Aid
Some schools have a pool of money set aside to give families who qualify
In most cases you will fill out an extensive financial aid application and share your tax returns from the last two years
A committee will decide if you qualify based on your confidential responses
There is usually a fee to apply
Ask About Tuition Reduction
If you belong to a religious organization that operates faith-based school, inquire about reduced tuition options for members of the congregation.
Inquire about Scholarships
Some schools have scholarships to give to students with particular needs or who have special talent
Inquire at each individual school in which you are most interested
Tips for Parents
Don’t assume that you can’t afford a school. Talk with the school admissions folks.
Don’t assume that you will not qualify for financial aid. Ask the admissions representative for a range of household income that has received aid in the past.
Ask each school whether you can expect the same amount or percentage of financial aid from year to year.