Financial Assistance

$1.85 million in financial assitance is awarded to 26% of SFC students annually.

Tuition Grants

ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE

We want every qualified, mission appropriate student to be given the opportunity to attend SFC but we know that for many families, the investment can be a challenge. Families may be awarded tuition grants on the basis of demonstrated financial need in grades K-12. Our goal is to make a Christian education accessible to many.

 
 

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Families seeking financial assistance should submit financial information to Smart Aid. Smart Aid is an independent, third-party assessor of financial documents that collects and analyzes financial data provided by families. Our financial aid awards are tuition grants, a gift to your family, not a loan that needs to be repaid. Find out if you qualify.

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Policy - Families new to SFCS should apply for admission and financial aid concurrently. Admissions and financial aid processes are distinct and separate. Financial assistance has no bearing on the Admission Committee's deliberations and its assessment of an applicant's potential as a Santa Fe Christian student.

FAQ’S

ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

What are the tuition and payment options for the 2017-2018 school year?

Visit the tuition page at www.sfcs.net/admissions/tuition for current tuition rates. Tuition for the 2018-19 school year will be updated December 2017.

A one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of $2,000 is payable when the enrollment contract is signed and submitted. This includes a $500 registration fee and a $1,500 tuition deposit. Students that receive a tuition grant pay $1,500 when enrolling ($1,000 tuition deposit and $500 registration fee). Options to pay monthly, semi-annually and annually are available.

What is included in tuition?

Student retreats, camps, elective fees, yearbooks, club memberships, class fees and field trips.

Does SFCS offer financial assistance and scholarships?

Yes. It is the desire of Santa Fe Christian Schools (SFCS) to make Christian education accessible to many. In the past five years, SFC has disbursed over $7 million in tuition assistance. In order for SFCS to allocate resources wisely and fairly, the school has enlisted the services of Smart Aid, an independent, third party assessor of financial documents that collects and analyzes financial data provided by families.

Santa Fe Christian offers several scholarships that new students may apply for including the Eagle Scholarship, for new incoming 9th graders, one award annually, and the Pastor/Ministry Director Scholarship, four awards annually. See this web page for details.

What is SmartAid?

Smart Aid is an independent, third-party assessor of financial documents that collects and analyzes financial data provided by families. To determine eligibility and to apply for financial aid, go to www.smartaidforparents.com.

What are the steps to complete a financial aid application?

1. Visit the Smart Aid website.
The application process is self guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, which allows you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. If you have any questions when completing the Smart Aid application, support is available online at [email protected]m or by phone at 800.360.8027.

2. Submit the required supporting documentation
Applications must be submitted with proper documentation to be processed. Here is a list of required documentation:

  • Most recent paystubs
  • 2016 W-2 forms for all jobs
  • 2016 filed tax returns: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules
  • 2016 filed business tax returns: 1120, 1120S, 1065 (if applicable)
  • Supplemental income documentation: Social Security income, welfare, food stamps, child support, 1099-M forms, worker’s compensation, unemployment, veteran’s benefits, housing allowance, etc.

 
Documents may be submitted as follows:

 

What is the Eagle Scholarship?

Santa Fe Christian Schools is pleased to offer a four-year scholarship to an incoming high school freshman, new to SFC, who embodies the school’s mission in academics, personal faith in Jesus Christ, and servant leadership. Application deadline is February 2, 2018. See details on this web page.

What is the Pastor/Ministry Director Scholarship?

Four awards of $2,500 will be given to new students with a parent who serves as a Pastor/Ministry Director. The Pastor/Ministry Director must be employed by a church or ministry which shares and supports the SFCS statement of faith. The scholarship of $2,500 is in addition to any tuition grant allocation. See this web page for details. Application deadline is February 2, 2018.

Are there additional fees?

Additional costs vary by student choice. Athletic fees vary by sport and range from $150 - $1,000. Bus fees are currently $425 per semester, with a family max of $1,700 per year. Uniforms are purchased from Lands’ End and range from $275-$775. Textbooks for Lower School are included in tuition. Textbooks for students in grades 6-12 are purchased from MBS Direct and range from $300-$770.

What is the financial aid timeline?

The Smart Aid website is open November 1, 2017 for financial aid requests. The requests are evaluated beginning in January and continue until the funds are depleted. Awards are made to current families in January and to prospective families concurrent with admissions acceptances. Financial aid awards are made on a first come first serve basis, with total funds being allocated up to the amount established annually by the SFCS Board of Directors.

Can financial aid be renewed annually?

It is the desire of SFCS to award aid annually to those students that have a demonstrated financial need. If your child is a current Santa Fe Christian student, the application and supporting materials need to be submitted annually.

What are financial aid policies relating to separated or divorced parents?

Santa Fe Christian expects parents to pay the educational costs for their children to the full extent they are financially able. This principle applies to all parents, even those who are separated or divorced. Both parents are expected to file all the necessary forms and to comply fully with all the guidelines and requirements of the aid process. The custodial and noncustodial parent must each fill out the Smart Aid application. SFCS considers the obligations of the parents and their new family situation in determining the financial award, but will not allocate the award on a proportional basis among the families. The responsibility for communication and payment lies with the custodial parent.

What are the financial aid policies concerning trust and/or college funds?

Trust fund and/or funds earmarked for college are considered student assets and are treated accordingly. While it may not be possible for a family to tap the principal of such funds, the existence of the funds means that more of the family’s current income is available for tuition.

What are the withdrawal policies?

The overhead expenses of SFCS do not diminish with the departure of students during the year. As a result, the following withdrawal policy applies to all enrolled students:

Written Notification of Withdrawal Date* Amount
On or before April 15 $1,500 tuition deposit + $500 Registration Fee
April 15 until first day of school $2,000 withdrawal fee, in addition to $2000 referenced above
First day of school until November 15 Current Obligation plus $2000 withdrawal fee
After November 15 Current Obligation, through a minimum of the end of the first semester, plus $2000 withdrawal fee

* Determined by the date parents notify the SFCS Registrar, in writing, of their intent to withdraw the student.

Policy - Families new to SFCS should apply for admission and financial aid concurrently. Admissions and financial aid processes are distinct and separate. Financial assistance has no bearing on the Admission Committee's deliberations and its assessment of an applicant's potential as a Santa Fe Christian student.

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