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Variable Tuition

Think you can't afford a quality Christian education?

Think again! New Life Academy proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at New Life Academy is not a “One-size-fits all.” It’s a range. A range that spans from 50-90% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. 

 

Variable Tuition applications are considered on a rolling basis. Awards are typically communicated to applicants within 10-15 business days of the time that FAST receives the Variable Tuition application and supporting documents.

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How to Apply

Step 1: Apply for admissions to New Life Academy

Step 2: Apply for Variable Tuition (if desired and in grades K-12)

If you have any questions after reviewing the FAQs below, please contact the enrollment office:

Email or 651-459-4121

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Variable Tuition FAQs

General FAQs

What is Variable Tuition?
Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition (grades K-12) based on the families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a New Life Academy Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?
Any family (current or new) of a kindergarten through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at New Life Academy and they think they may qualify for the program. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay, 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 New Life Academy.

An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the re-enrollment or admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have applied for re-enrollment or admission to the school.

It is not possible for a family or the school to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to FAST, a third-party agency. FAST evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the school’s business office.

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. A Variable Tuition waiting list will be established.

Do I need to apply to New Life Academy to receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?
Yes.

Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?
Typically within 2 weeks of providing all required information to our confidential third party service.



FAQs for Current Families

Should every returning New Life Academy family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the top range of the Variable Tuition 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.

Do returning students receive priority over new students when applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. Re-enrolling New Life Academy students who submit an application by the published deadline will receive priority consideration.

Do I need to apply for re-enrollment separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For returning students, the re-enrollment process must be completed before the application for Variable Tuition can be considered.

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 top 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.

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.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?
No. The New Life Academy Governing Council and Strategic Administrative team has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.



FAQs for Prospective Families

Should every new family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families with students in grades K-12 who feel that they may not able to pay the top range of the Variable Tuition 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.

Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new students, application to New Life academy and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes.

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. New Life Academy practices need-blind admissions. 

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 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. 

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.

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.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?
No. The New Life Academy Governing Council and Strategic Administrative team has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

Do you have a “multi-student discount.”
Multiple students are 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 NLA.



2017-18 Tuition (K-12)
Grade K-5 Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
$9,759* $10,797* $11,085*

*Top range tuition amount for Parents who choose NOT to apply or who do not qualify for variable tuition

2017-18 Early Childhood Tuition
Program Yearly Tuition Monthly Tuition
Little Learners $42.50/day $42.50/day
2-Day Programs $3230 $323
3-Day Programs $5430 543
5-Day Programs $8950 $895

*Variable Tuition is not available to Early Childhood classes

Additional Fees

Drama Activity Fee $120
Athletic Activity Fee $100-$225/season
AP Testing Fee $51
CIS Bible $180
CIS Spanish $180 + $40 Book Fee
Instrument Rental $5-$50

Extracurricular opportunities and long distance learning excursion opportunities may have an additional fee.

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QUESTIONS?

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