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Northland Christian School strives to provide an environment rich in diversity as an important aspect of providing a college preparatory education for the development of Christian leaders. In light of this, the Board of Trustees has determined that tuition assistance is an important tool to developing and maintaining a diverse student population.
Tuition assistance is awarded for two primary purposes:
- To permit the development of a richly diverse student population by making a Northland Christian School education accessible to students from varying economic backgrounds, and
- To allow for the continued enrollment of students whose families experience economic reversals arising from events such as a death in the family, sudden medical issues or unemployment.
Financial Assistance Policy
While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, Northland Christian School is committed to making grants available to as many eligible applicants as possible. In an effort to make the process fair to all, Northland Christian School considers the following when making award decisions:
The primary responsibility for financing a student's education rests with the family.
Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition. If a parent chooses not to work, Northland Christian School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent.
In the case of divorce or separation, Northland Christian School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. Northland Christian School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent's responsibility for educational expenses.
Northland Christian School believes a family should invest in their child's education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive car leases/purchases.
Tuition assistance may be awarded annually to assist with the payment of tuition only. Tuition assistance does not cover additional required fees, such as application / enrollment fees, activity fees, technology fees, library fines, extracurricular fees, etc. Normally, aid will not be awarded for 100% of tuition as each family is expected to make an appropriate contribution based upon its ability.
Tuition assistance may be awarded to both incoming and returning students. However, the assistance is contingent upon acceptance and enrollment at the school. In addition, both students and parents must remain in good standing with the school, including all financial accounts in the NCS Business Office. Students receiving tuition assistance must meet and maintain the following requirements:
- Family financial need
- Good conduct (no more than one 4 and no 5’s for the year)
- Positive participation in and out of the classroom
- Performance equal to the student’s academic ability (must maintain a minimum “C” average for the year excluding grades for PE/Athletics)
- Modeling personal and academic integrity and the wholesome lifestyle that NCS policies are intended to promote
As long as a family continues to demonstrate a need and their student meets the requirements, the school will continue to attempt to meet the need during their student’s time with Northland Christian School.
Online Application Procedures
Northland Christian School utilizes a third party servicer called FAST Tuition Aid to manage the tuition applications. FAST Tuition Aid handles thousands of applications from families across the country applying for assistance from hundreds of private schools and universities. FAST Tuition Aid has a sophisticated method to capture the financial information in an online format and determine a “Financial Need” amount for each family based.
Families apply for assistance through FAST Tuition Aid’s website through the "Apply Now" link. Upon the completion of entering the applicable financial data into the system, FAST Tuition Aid requests that copies of the tax return and W-2s be submitted directly to them. Upon receipt of these documents, a FAST Tuition Aid representative reviews the documents and compares them to the information included in the online application. Once the application and tax information have been reviewed, FAST Tuition Aid denotes the family’s status as “Verified.”
There is a $43 application fee per family, payable to FAST Tuition Aid. The application process is self-guided, and skilled representatives are available to help on the phone or via email. Customer Care Reps are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time and Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. If you have already completed your online aid application or have a specific question about your account, feel free to call the FAST Corporate office toll-free at (302) 384-9340.
FAST Tuition Aid requires that certain tax documentation to be submitted to them, such as W-2s, tax returns, etc. They will review your application and ensure that the information matches your tax documentation. Once they have completed their review, your application will be reflected as “Verified.”
Award letters will be mailed to families. Students receiving tuition assistance are required to meet with the principal and their parents to discuss academic and behavioral requirements.
Once the signed award letter has been received by the Business Office and your FAST Tuition Aid application has been reflected as “Verified,” your award will be applied to your account.
Students need not be enrolled at Northland Christian School to apply for tuition assistance. However, it is not guaranteed acceptance to the school. Upon receiving an award, the student must meet all admissions requirements and pay required testing and enrollment fees.
Tuition assistance is awarded based upon an evaluation of each individual situation. Northland Christian School recognizes that each family’s situation is unique and must be subject to both objective and subjective analyses in reaching a decision as to any amount awarded. Awards of assistance will be based primarily upon a family’s financial situation, other discounts received, and the class size. Other factors may include years associated with Northland Christian School, parental and student involvement in school activities, academic performance, conduct, student character and consideration of the greater community. Tuition assistance shall be awarded without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sex.
In situations where divorce decrees are in effect, the family must determine whether payment of tuition is the responsibility of the mother, the father, or both. If the ex-husband and ex-wife are jointly responsible for the payment of tuition, both parties must submit an application to FAST Tuition Aid, and an award will be made based on their combined financial data.
Tuition Assistance Deadlines
On or before February 28:
- Online FAST Tuition Aid application completed
- Submit required tax information to FAST
On or before March 31:
- Set up appointment to meet with the principal to review and sign award letter
Documents required by FAST Tuition Aid
- Copy of IRS Federal Form 1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. If applicant and co-applicant file separately, we require both tax returns for the same tax year.
- Copies of all 2016 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for both the applicant and co-applicant. NOTE: If you are applying before you have received all the prior year W-2 Wage and Tax Statements, please submit them as soon as they become available.
- *IMPORTANT: If you file a tax return but do not have W-2 wages because you are self-employed, you will be required to submit a copy of your 2015 Business Tax Return.
- Copies of all supporting tax schedules if you have income from any of the following*:
- Business – (Form 1040 Line 12) Attach Schedule C or C-EZ and Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization
- Farm – (Form 1040 Line 18) Attach Schedule F and Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization
- Rental Property – (Form 1040 Line 17) Attach Schedule E (page 1)
- S-Corporation – (Form 1040 Line 17) Attach Schedule E (page 2), Form 1120S (4 pages),
- Schedule K-1 and Form 8825Partnership – (Form 1040 Line 17) Attach Schedule E (page 2), Form 1065 (5 pages),
- Schedule K-1 and Form 8825
- Estates and Trusts – (Form 1040 Line 17) Attach Schedule E (page 2), Form 1041 and Schedule K-1
- Copies of all supporting documentation for household Non-Taxable Income such as: Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Award decisions are not made by FAST, but by the organization providing the scholarship.
Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for your application and supporting tax documents to be processed.
We are unable to verify receipt of documents until they are scanned into our system, which takes approximately 2 weeks. Faxed applications will not be accepted.
Please contact Cathy Yerian, NCS Tuition Manager, at 281-587-6404. We look forward to working with you on your child’s education at Northland Christian School!