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Tuition and Fees


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Tuition and Fees


 
Tuition and Fees

Tuition at GCA is competitive with other local Christian schools and divided into monthly installments. For Lower School students, tuition is paid over 12 months (starting in June and ending in May), and for Upper School students, tuition is paid over 10 months (starting in August and ending in May).

Note:  If a K4-6th grade (or full-time 7th grade) student enrolls after June or a 7th-12th grade UMS student enrolls after August, the tuition is prorated over the remaining months.

Other fees can include field trips, Upper School Retreat, SLiC (Student Life Committee), achievement testing, yearbook, materials fee, science lab fees, studio art fees, athletic fees, summer camps, K4 and K5 Late Stay, or graduation fee.  Parents are responsible for purchasing their children's uniform clothing and supplies.

For more detailed tuition and fees information for our Lower School (K4-6th), click here for Tuition & Fees 2017-2018.   

For more detailed tuition and fees information for our full-time 5-day 7th grade, click here for Tuition & Fees 2017-2018.

For more detailed tuition and fees information for our UMS Upper School (7th-12th), click here for Tuition & Fees 2017-2018. 

Note that the application fee, the enrollment fee and tuition are non-refundable.  

Please do not hesitate to call the school office at (864)329-9884 or e-mail at office@greenvilleclassical.com, if you have any questions about tuition or fees.

Greenville Classical Academy has a limited amount of funds set aside for financial aid for students. GCA uses the services of Independent School Management's "Financial Aid for School Tuition" - FAST - to assist in assessing a family's eligibility for financial aid. The cost for families who use this service is $43  and is non-refundable.  Priority is given to returning families and they must complete and submit their application by March 31.  A portion of the financial aid budget is reserved for newly enrolled families and will be made available on a first come - first served basis.  For more information on financial aid, read the information below as well as the information on financial aid found in the Student-Parent Handbook.

 
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Financial Aid


Financial Aid


 
Financial Aid

GCA (Greenville Classical Academy) has allocated a certain amount of funds in its annual budget to assist those families who qualify based on financial need. 

  • It is expected that families will pursue every other available means of aid (family, other scholarship funds, etc.) prior to applying for financial aid directly from GCA.  If other aid is available to you, we expect that you will utilize it to make more of our financial aid budget available to other families in need.
  • If a family qualifies for financial aid from other scholarship sources or financial aid funds (other than GCA) after they have received an award from GCA, these funds will be used to reduce the amount of aid taken directly from GCA and will not necessarily reduce the family’s tuition obligation to the school. 
  • Returning families will be given first priority in the distribution of available funds and must complete their FAST online application by March 31 (including the submission of tax returns.) However, a portion of the financial aid budget is reserved for new families who qualify. 

How the FAST Program Works:

  • Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) provides a need-based financial analysis system for families and schools. FAST is operated by Independent School Management (ISM), which provides management, insurance, and consulting services for independent schools.
  • Before applying, each family should first read the FAST Parent User Guide. Parents can complete the online FAST application here. Enter financial information through the secure server, and pay the $43 fee. After the online application is complete, submit an electronic copy of your most recent income tax forms or mail a copy of your most recent income tax forms to ISM in the special envelope provided from the school office.
  • Please complete all questions.  Incomplete applications can delay awards.
  • The Financial Aid Committee at GCA uses the standardized calculation derived by FAST as an initial guide in allocating financial aid. FAST considers gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After an allowance for basic necessities and required taxes, the remaining funds are considered available for education on a sliding scale. The more you earn, the greater the expected contribution.
  • Notifications of financial aid grants for returning families will be made in April. 
  • Don’t forget to mail a copy of your most recent federal income tax records to ISM electronically or by using the envelope available in the office. This would include IRS form 1040 and ALL schedules including a copy of schedule “A” – Itemized Deductions and if you are self-employed Schedule “C” (Sole Proprietorship) or Schedule “K” (S-Corporation).
  • FAST’s recommendations are made available only to the GCA Financial Aid Committee. This committee will take into consideration the amount of money budgeted for financial aid and the number of families who apply for aid.
  • GCA will treat the FAST application and all financial records provided by families as confidential information. Only those persons directly involved in the financial aid decision-making process or in its administration will review this information. The identity of all students on financial aid will be held in confidence and restricted to the smallest number of persons possible.  

Financial Aid Timetable for Returning Families:

  • Returning families will be given priority and must complete the FAST financial aid online application on or before March 31.
  • In April, returning families will be notified with the amount of their financial aid award. 
  • Families must accept or decline the award within 10 days of the notification of the award.

Financial Aid Timetable for New Families:

  • Priority will be given to those who complete the application process by March 31.
  • In April, new families who have applied by March 31 will be notified by email with the amount of their financial aid award. 
  • For applications submitted after March 31, awards will be given on a case by case basis determined by the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.
  • Families must accept or decline the award within 10 days of the notification of the award.  Families should send an email reply accepting or declining the award.
  • The Financial Aid Committee may accept and approve applications for new families at its sole discretion based on enrollment and class capacities.  We encourage new families to apply as soon as possible.
  • Acceptance of new Financial Aid applications may be closed without prior notice for either individual classes or for all applications at any time after May 31.

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions:

  • Should I apply for aid? We believe that the prime financial responsibility for a child’s education rests with the parents to the full extent that they are able. We would like to provide guidelines to help you decide whether to apply for aid, but we have found that each family’s combination of circumstances is unique. The most helpful guideline comes from your own knowledge of your family’s finances. 
  • What if I have important information that I do not believe is covered in the questions that FAST asks? If you feel that FAST needs additional information, please provide this information in the letter section of the FAST online application giving as much detail as possible. Tell how this situation has affected your ability to provide Christian education for your children. The letter section of the FAST application will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Committee so it’s very important that if you have any extenuating circumstances (such as change in employment or a medical emergency), you address them in the letter section.
  • What do I need to do if my circumstances have changed since I completed my income tax forms? Include this information in the letter section of the FAST application explaining what has changed. State your best estimate of your annual income for the year in which you are applying for aid. 
  • Why does FAST ask about charitable contributions? Charitable contributions that can be verified can help you qualify for aid by reducing your net income below one of our cut-off points. 
  • What if I have not filed income taxes for several years? GCA requires that we have some way to verify your annual income; therefore your most recent tax return is required.
  • Are there any situations in which a financial aid grant would be recalculated? If a family is awarded financial aid based on multiple siblings attending GCA or other tuition-charging institutions and one or more of the siblings enrolls elsewhere, the family contribution of financial support must be recalculated according to these changed circumstances. Also, if the Financial Aid Committee becomes aware of information that suggests that the family’s ability to contribute to educational costs may be at a different level than previously determined, then the award will be re-evaluated. Should it be determined, at any time, that a family or applicant knowingly did not disclose significant income or assets, and that this failure to disclose resulted in a larger award of financial aid, then the award will be reviewed and decisions re-evaluated.
  • Will I have to reapply for aid again next year? Yes, a family must reapply for financial aid through the FAST application every year. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

GCA admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, financial assistance and loan programs, athletic programs, and other school administered programs and activities.