Variable Tuition

Mission Hills Christian School is more affordably than you may think

General FAQ

What is Variable Tuition?

Mission Hills Christian School proudly offers Variable Tuition, a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program considers each family’s unique financial situation, making an MHCS education affordable to many qualified families who could not otherwise join our school community.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

Any family (current or new) of a kindergarten through eighth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Mission Hills Christian School and they think they may qualify for the program. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS, a third-party agency, along with tax returns and other relevant documents. FACTS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition committee. Families will be notified by the school’s financial office regarding the tuition level for which they qualify. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide Variable Tuition to every deserving student. We work within the available resources to make the school accessible to as many students and families as possible.

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 qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to the exit range of Variable Tuition to those who are at the entry level of the range. Many factors are evaluated, 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 MHCS.

Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Typically within one month of providing all required information to our confidential third-party service.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

Mission Hills Christian School has established maximum class sizes in order to insure the highest level of classroom instruction. Within those established guidelines, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students. If we get more students at a grade level than our ratio allows, we may open additional classrooms. We will not overfill classrooms to the detriment of instruction.

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. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.

I see that the Variable Tuition ranges don’t include a “multi-student discount.” Where did this go?

The multiple child discount is offered only to families not applying for Variable Tuition. However, multiple students is one of the key factors in determining Variable Tuition. One of the important questions asked on the confidential Variable Tuition application relates to family size and number of students enrolled at Mission Hills Christian School.

Does Variable Tuition Apply to Other Fees and Expenses?

No. Fees and expenses such as Materials Fee and Enrollment Fee are not covered by Variable Tuition.

Will currently enrolled students receive priority over new students applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. Current MHCS students will have priority over new applicants provided all deadlines are met.

How do I apply for Variable Tuition?

 

FAQs For Prospective Parents

Should every new Mission Hills Christian School family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel they may not be able to pay the regular published tuition amount should submit an application.

Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. For new students, application to Mission Hills Christian School and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously. A new family will be notified of their Variable Tuition award following completion of the admission process and acceptance for enrollment.

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.

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.

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.

 

FAQs For Current Parents

Should every returning Mission Hills Christian School family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel they may not be able to pay the regular published tuition amount 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.

I’m currently receiving Tuition Assistance. How does this work for Variable Tuition?

Variable Tuition will take the place of the current Tuition Assistance program.

Do returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes. Re-enrolling MHCS students who submit a Variable Tuition application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.