Faith-Based Schools

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Faith-Based Schools

Faith-based schools 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.