Financial Assistance

Our school community annually provides more than one million dollars in financial assistance. While this assistance is subject to the availability of funds, nearly 15% of our families benefit from some level of assistance.

Financial assistance can be awarded to qualifying families for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. A portion of the enrollment fee, K-12 tuition, and SAS tuition are considered in the financial assistance evaluation. Some co-curricular fees are also covered by the award. Half-day kindergarten, when this is the family’s only tuition expense, is not considered. Preschool tuition is not considered.

 Because all families are expected to participate financially in their student’s education, families receiving financial assistance can expect responsibility for tuition that can range from 30% of tuition to 99% of tuition. Applying for financial assistance does not guarantee aid will be awarded.

BCS endowed scholarships are awarded through the scholarship application process to qualifying applicants. Many of the scholarships are need-based; some are merit-based. If the student is applying for a need-based BCS scholarship, the student’s parents or guardians must also apply, and qualify, for financial assistance. More information about each scholarship can be found on the BCS scholarship webpage.

The BCS Finance Committee awards financial assistance on the basis of a family’s ability to pay tuition.

Parents submit a detailed financial report to School & Student Services (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). (Instructions for application and the SSS website are linked on this webpage.) SSS serves the financial assistance departments of hundreds of private schools across the country, including BCS. SSS applies a standardized method of evaluation that considers income, assets, extraordinary expenses, and some forms of indebtedness. These are factored in with family size, the number of children attending tuition-charging schools, the regional Consumer Price Index and other factors to determine the family’s discretionary income. Approximately 3 days after the on-line report is submitted to SSS, a Report of Family Contribution is made available to the school. This report suggests the amount the family should be able to contribute towards a BCS education (ability to pay). Based on the SSS determination of the family’s ability to pay, the BCS Finance Committee then confirms the family’s qualification for, and makes an award of, financial assistance. Families who do not qualify for assistance are notified upon confirmation by the Finance Committee.

It is difficult to estimate a financial assistance award without a family’s complete application. Since a number of factors are considered, there is no filter for determining in advance with certainty who might receive financial assistance, or how much would be awarded. Each family’s financial circumstances are unique so when considering application, the most helpful guideline comes from your knowledge of your family’s finances.

BCS does not discriminate against economic status and invites families to apply for aid. The financial assistance process is independent of, and occurs after completion of, the admissions process. Financial information is never shared with the admissions committee. Financial assistance applications and paperwork can be submitted at the same time as admissions applications, but students must be admitted and enrolled (including payment of a portion of the non-refundable enrollment fees) before the financial assistance application will be reviewed.

There is a general time frame for application. All applications will be considered in the order received on a fund-availability basis. Applications received by April 15 will receive primary consideration, in the order received. If your student is considering application for a scholarship, your financial assistance application must be received by April 15.

The award of financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds; families submitting assistance applications June or later should take this into account. Applications for assistance will not be accepted after August 20 except from enrolled families with new extenuating circumstances.

Students of BCS faculty and staff have priority for financial assistance awards. Families with students currently attending BCS are given priority as well. Newly enrolled families will be considered for financial assistance as funds are available.

Families with overdue tuition accounts will not receive financial assistance awards until the balance is brought current.

Annual tuition is due July 1. Families paying annual tuition by installment make their first installment on July 1 and continue monthly installments through April 1. Families making application for enrollment after the tuition installment cycle begins with the July 1 payment should anticipate paying the full tuition installments for each month of the tuition cycle that has passed. For example, if a family enrolls mid-August, full tuition installments for July and August would be due. Upon enrollment, the completed financial assistance application is reviewed and the family’s tuition responsibility is communicated. Tuition payment would be immediately due and must be made prior to the student’s start of classes.

Please reference the Tuition and Fees page for tuition payment information.

For applications received by April 15, notification of application results will be made by email by mid-May or earlier, and for applications received subsequently, within one week of receipt. If more information or documentation is required, notice of results could be delayed.

Applying for Financial Assistance

1. Complete the Application for Financial Assistance and return by email to kwestburg@bellevuechristian.org.

2. Complete the online application at SSS by NAIS using the following instructions applicable to your status:

• If you are currently receiving financial assistance and re-applying for the coming school year, complete the steps set out in the Instructions for Families Currently Receiving Financial Assistance.

• If you are applying for the first time to financial assistance (or reapplying after at least a one year break in assistance or application), complete the steps set out in the Instructions for Families New to Financial Assistance.