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Tuition & Financial Aid

It is my desire as the Director of Finance to make it as simple as possible for our parent community to pay for their children’s education at Christian Heritage School.  Please review the material in this section of our website, and should you have any questions please feel free to call or email the Finance Office.

Victoria J. Wiegand                                                                  Silvia Lawlor
Director of Finance                                                                   Director of Human Resources and Business Manager
203.590.6010                                                                             203.590.6011
vwiegand@kingsmen.org                                                        slawlor@kingsmen.org

 

Tuition and Fees

2017-2018 School Year
 
Full Day School Kindergarten - $11,460
Lower School Grades 1-5 - $12,730
Middle School Grades 6-8 - $16,975
High School Grades 9-12 - $18,460
International Students
 
Tuition for the subsequent school year is determined by the Board of Directors each January. 

At the time a student is enrolled, a non-refundable enrollment payment of $900 is due consisting of:
  • Registration fee of $300 per child.
  • Tuition deposit of $600 per child (applied to your first tuition payment).

Lunches at CHS are included in tuition.  Parents are asked to cover any additional costs for books, iPads, supplies, uniforms, school photos, athletic practice gear, clubs, and Student Government social activities. 

CHS uses a continual enrollment agreement.  The term of the agreement shall be in effect for the academic year in which the student is enrolled and shall renew automatically of each successive academic year unless the CHS Finance Office receives a written notice of withdrawal for the following school year by February 28.

The overhead expenses of the school do not diminish with the departure of some students during the course of a year. Upon acceptance of an Enrollment Agreement by CHS, parents become obligated to pay the tuition for the full academic year.  No portion of tuition paid or outstanding will be refunded or canceled in the event of absence, withdrawal or dismissal of a student. By signing the enrollment agreement, parents oblige themselves to pay, to the extent permitted by law, the school’s costs for enforcing the collection of tuition and fees including, without limitation, attorney’s fees and expenses.  Please refer to your enrollment agreement for more detailed information.
 

Payment Options

Annual Plan

Full tuition is due by July 15 for the following school year.

If you cannot pay your tuition in full in July, CHS offers a semi-annual, quarterly, or 10-month payment option through our partnership with SMART Tuition.  SMART Tuition is not a loan so there are no credit checks or interest charges.  All deferred payment plans must be administered through SMART Tuition.

Semi-annual Plan

Two equal tuition payments are due in July and December.

Quarterly Plan

Four equal tuition payments are due in July, October, January, and April.

Ten Month Plan
Ten equal tuition payments are due July-January and March-May.

*The payment due date for each plan is the 15th of the month.
*A tuition deposit and enrollment fee for the following school year will be due in February for each returning student.

*SMART Tuition offers automatic deductions from a bank account, online payments, and 24-hour payment by phone.  SMART will also accept checks and money orders via the mail. Credit cards are accepted through SMART Tuition but fees apply.

Late Fees:  Tuition will be considered late if not received by SMART within 5 days of the due date and a late fee of $50 will be assessed.  

Insufficient Funds:  Should a check or automatic payment be rejected due to insufficient funds or other reason, additional service charges will apply.  CHS reserves the right to require payment by cash or bank check, only if an account has more than one rejected payment.

 

Tuition Assistance

The Administrators and Board are committed to making a CHS education affordable for as many qualified students as possible. Every year about 44% of students at CHS receive some amount of tuition assistance.  As a general rule, grants can vary from $1000 to a maximum of 40% of tuition for families whose financial situation indicates the most need.

Alumni of CHS are eligible for a discount of $1000 per child, and full-time clergy and missionaries are eligible for a discount of $2500 per child.

To Apply for Tuition Assistance:
  • Complete the FAST Tuition assistance application and submit the application fee directly to FAST. 
  • Send the requested supporting documentation directly to FAST as instructed after applying.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

CHS uses a 3rd party vendor to process their TA applications.  The online application for FAST must be accessed through the link on the CHS website.  It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete a FAST application.  The application is essentially a financial disclosure statement.  You will be required to send supporting documentation directly to FAST.  FAST requires that you submit Federal and State Tax Returns (all pages), W-2s, and Business Returns, if applicable.  Other additional documentation may also be requested.

The Board of CHS has authorized a Tuition Assistance Committee to review and consider applications. The Committee is ultimately responsible for determining the amounts of the grants.

Many factors go into the Tuition Assistance Committee’s decision. First, financial information gathered from FAST is evaluated. Factors taken into account include family income and expenses, net worth and debt levels, number of children, among others. Special family circumstances are also evaluated, such as unemployment issues, single-parent situations, etc. A letter explaining any special circumstances is strongly encouraged. The overall need is also evaluated considering the funds available for distribution. The amount of assistance granted can vary greatly depending on all of the above factors. As a general rule, grants can vary from $1000 to a maximum of 40% of tuition.

Tuition Assistance applications for new families should be submitted within 30 days from receiving an offer of admission.  A response from the Committee regarding the decision will be made approximately 2 weeks after the TA application is completed.  A Tuition Assistance Award Letter will not be issued until the student receives an acceptance letter from the Admissions Office.  Awards are not finalized until the most recent tax returns have been received and verified by FAST.

Applications for new families are considered as long as funds are available. Those applications that are completed on time (30 days after admission decision) will be considered first.

When both parents in a separation or divorce situation are legally responsible for the financial support of the child, the financial information of both is considered and both parents must apply. Often there are other adults who are financially responsible for the child such as step-parents, foster parents, grandparents, etc. The person(s) providing the child with financial support should complete the FAST application.

Christian Heritage School does not grant or award merit scholarships according to academic or extra-curricular achievement. Tuition assistance at CHS is awarded on the basis of the financial need of the family

Information submitted to FAST is kept in strict confidence. All tax documents are submitted to and kept by FAST. All members of the Tuition Assistance Committee are sensitive to and fully aware of the need for confidentiality. In addition, we require that families who receive awards be discreet and keep the award amount confidential.  The finance office is not at liberty to discuss award amounts or make comparisons.

One appeal may be filed online using the FAST appeal process.  Please provide any additional information that might help the Tuition Assistance Committee better understand your financial situation.  The second decision of the committee is final.

Yes.  Tuition Assistance applications and tax documentation for students who return to CHS must be submitted to FAST by February 28th each year.