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

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Tuition Assistance

Variable Tuition FAQs

Think you can't afford a quality Christian education?

Think again. Eastern Christian School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Eastern Christian is not a “One-size-fits all.” It’s a range. A range that spans from 40-80% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. No family at Eastern Christian pays the full cost of education.

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 that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes an Eastern 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 Eastern Christian School 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 Eastern Christian.

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 Covenant Tuition Services (CTS), a third-party agency. CTS 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 financial 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.

Do I need to apply to Eastern Christian School 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.

What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?
During the “Early Decision” and “Open Enrollment” portion of our Application Timeline the cost to apply for Variable Tuition is $22. During “Special Consideration” and “Mid Year Transfer” timeframes the cost is $100. 

FAQs for Prospective Parents

Should every new Eastern Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the exit 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 Eastern Christian School and application for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.

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.

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 Eastern Christian School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

Rudi Gesch, Director of Enrollment
rudigesch@easternchristian.org
973.427.4013

Eric Fenchel, CFO
ericfenchel@easternchristian.org
973.427.6244 ext. 7201

FAQs for Current Parents

Should every returning Eastern Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the exit 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.

I’m currently receiving scholarship aid. How does this work for Variable Tuition?
Eastern Christian no longer provides scholarship or financial aid. Variable Tuition will take the place of this program.

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.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?
No. The Eastern Christian School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.

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

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

Rudi Gesch, Director of Enrollment
rudigesch@easternchristian.org
973.427.4013

Eric Fenchel, CFO
ericfenchel@easternchristian.org
973.310.0415

 

Variable Tuition Ranges (K-12)

Half-Day K All-Day K-4 Grades 5-8 Grades 9-12
$2,483 – $4,965* $4,965 – $9,925* $5,640 – $11,280* $7,138 – $14,275*

*Exit range tuition amount for Parents who choose NOT to apply for variable tuition

Preschool Tuition

Available Classes 2-Day
PK3
3-Day
PK3, PK4
4-Day
PK3, PK4
5-Day
PK3, PK4, JR K
Half Day $1,985 $2,978 $3,970 $4,963
Full Day $3,970 $5,955 $7,940 $9,925
PK3: 3-year-old Class     |     PK4: 4-year-old Class     |     JR K: 4 or 5-year-old Class

(If you are mixing full days and half days, please see this helpful chart.)

Create your own Preschool Schedule! We know that families with small children have a wide variety of scheduling needs. We are proud to offer many flexible options. As long as you register for the minimum number of days each week, you can mix and match your schedule to meet your family’s needs. For example, a Jr. K. student is required to come to school for a minimum of 5 half days, but can stay for up to 5 full days (or 5 half days with 2 of them extended into full days, or anywhere in between these two options).

Other Preschool extended care options

Fees

Capital Improvement Fee

Eastern Christian School assesses a $1,000 Capital Improvement Fee to all new families with students entering grades 5-12. Families to whom this fee is applicable will receive an invoice. New families who have not yet paid this fee will be invoiced in the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Transportation Fees

Parents may choose to provide their own transportation
$0
EC busing round-trip
$1,750 per child
EC shuttle one way combined with EC busing one way
$1,375 per child
EC busing one-way to or from school
$1,125 per child
EC shuttle round trip between campuses
$1,000 per child
EC shuttle one-way
$500 per child

 

* There is only morning busing for half day Kindergarten. Parents who live in towns that pay “aid-in-lieu” of transportation are required to fill out the appropriate B6T form (ECES, ECMS, ECHS) for each child attending, regardless of whether they use Eastern Christian busing or not. This form must be filed with our Transportation Office in order for families to receive any funding their town may provide.

 

Parking Fee

Eastern Christian High School Student Drivers Only
$50 per car

 

Sports Fees

Maximum Family Charge is $800

Grades 7-12
$250 per sport
Grade 6 student only
$100 per sport

 

Technology Fees

Grades K-4
$100 per child
Grades 5-8
$150 per child
Grades 9-12
$200 per child

 

Other Resources

Tri-County Scholarship Program

Parents of High School students may also apply for scholarship awards through Tri-County Scholarship Fund, which is an independent entity. Please click on the link below for information on the fund and how to apply. If you are a current recipient of a Tri-County scholarship, please note that you MUST REAPPLY ANNUALLY in order to be considered for a renewal. These applications are also due by the first week in February.

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T.R.I.P. at EC

T.R.I.P. stands for Tuition Reduction Incentive Program. This is a program run by Eastern Christian whereby we are able to purchase gift cards at a discount and sell them to you at face value. The difference is returned to you in the form of a tuition credit twice a year. By involving your friends and relatives in this program, you can earn a significant credit to your tuition account.

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Church Support

Many of our families come from churches that support Eastern Christian directly, both with their prayers and their financial support. If you need additional assistance in affording your tuition investment, please contact your church to inquire whether they might be able to assist you.

 

Your Tuition Solution

If you find that you still need additional help paying your tuition, Eastern Christian School is registered with Your Tuition Solution to give you an option to finance all or part of your tuition. You can apply online with no application fee, choose the duration of your loan, and have low monthly payments with a fixed rate of interest. Please visit the Your Tuition Solution website for more information.