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Variable Tuition 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 family's to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families' financial situation. Thus, this makes a Stillwater Christian education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. As a result, our students represent a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds, enhancing the learning experience for every Stillwater Christian student.
 
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 tuition at Stillwater 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 Stillwater Christian.
 
Should every new Stillwater Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay full 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. 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.

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 the 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 more than a 50% award on tuition. 
 
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.
 
Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:
   Renee Wynne, Director of Admissions
   406.752.4400
 
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