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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DEADLINES 2020-2021

Need based financial assistance is available for qualifying families with children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. RCS awards up to 75% off of the annual tuition (discount may not be combined).  Families awarded assistance are required to have tuition insurance and are expected to remain in good standing with the business office. Each year a new financial assistance application must be submitted.

  • Applications open on January 1, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021.
  • Applications are considered complete once tax documents have been received and verified.  Completed applications are processed as they are received from FAST.
  • If an applicant would like to find out how much assistance they will be granted prior to applying to Rosehill Christian School, the following steps are necessary:
    • Complete the financial assistance application on the website by following these prompts:
      1. www.rcseagles.org
      2. Admissions
      3. Reduce your Tuition Bill
      4. FAST
  • Submit the required documents to FAST
  • Email Jessica Gehrke (jgehrke@rcseagles.org) with your cell number and email address as she will be your main point of contact through the admissions process. 
  • Copy ldyal@rcseagles.org on the email for FAST processing communication.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE POLICY

While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, Rosehill 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, Rosehill 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. In the case of divorce or separation, Rosehill Christian School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. 

Rosehill Christian School believes a family should invest in their child’s education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, expensive car leases/purchases, and excessive vacations.

SPLIT FAMILY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PHILOSOPHY

As a general rule we require financial disclosure of all parents regardless of status by which they have filed their taxes…to include both natural parents as well as any step-parents where a divorced parent has remarried. Parents not fulfilling their court-ordered financial responsibilities are not exempted, and in fact their refusal to complete disclosure forms may impair the child’s chances for assistance. The only exceptions made tend to be when we cannot identify a responsible party through skip-tracing. Custody arrangements do not dictate aid eligibility as we consider all parents to share responsibility for the child’s development and educational success.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES

The Board of Directors has adopted the policy of funding most of the school’s annual operating expenses with tuition dollars. This decision means that tuition controls, in large part, the quality of the education Rosehill Christian School is able to offer. While recognizing that some sacrifice is appropriate for something as crucial as a child’s education, the Board acknowledges that financial assistance will be necessary to build and maintain the sort of student body to which RCS aspires. Consequently, since the beginning of the school in 1990, an annually determined amount of funding has been devoted to tuition assistance. 

In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of Independent School Management's FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. ISM's FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service. FAST provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. Applications are reviewed by the confidential Financial Aid Committee. The committee then makes recommendations to the Head of School relative to the allocation of financial assistance resources for the upcoming year. Upon approval by the Head of School, financial assistance offers are sent to families.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROCEDURES FOR PARENTS

  • Click the “F.A.S.T.” Button 
  • Click “Start Application”
  • Financial information should be entered directly through the secure server. Space is provided to fill out additional information that may be pertinent to your application. If desired, you may utilize the “Quick Processing Wizard” to speed up the application process. 
  • Lastly, you will need to scan/mail the required tax documents directly to FAST as directed on the application. 
  • There will be a nominal non-refundable fee to process this application. 
  • Once completed the application will be available immediately for the Financial Assistance Committee’s review. You may be contacted by the Director of Business, Lauren Dyal if additional information is needed.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROCEDURES FOR RCS

  • Once the application is entered the Financial Assistance Committee can access your application.
  • Financial Assistance Committee review of the FAST recommendation for each family’s completed online application.
  • Recommendation to the Head of School for allocation of financial assistance resources for the next year.
  • Head of School approval.
  • Financial Assistance offers are sent to families.