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VARIABLE TUITION

Variable Tuition applications are considered on a rolling basis. Awards are communicated to applicants within 3 weeks of the time that our vendor receives the Variable Tuition application and supporting documents. Application for Enrollment must be submitted in order for Variable Tuition determinations to be shared with prospective families.

2020-2021 TUITION RATES

*Highest tuition amount to be paid by those NOT applying for Variable Tuition.

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ADMISSIONS

VARIABLE TUITION

  • Think you can’t afford a quality Christian education?

    Think again. Smithtown Christian School proudly offers Variable Tuition. This means that tuition at Smithtown Christian is not a “One-size-fits all.” It’s a range. A range that spans from 35-70% of the full cost of education since our Church, Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle and donated funds cover 30% of the cost right from the beginning! Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates further to meet your family’s unique financial position. Consider a Christian Education at SCS today!

  • 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 a Smithtown 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 Smithtown 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 Smithtown 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 FACTS, a third-party agency. FACTS 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 via email from the FACTS system.

    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 Smithtown 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 3 weeks of providing all the required information to our confidential third-party service.

    What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?
    The cost to apply for Variable Tuition is $35, paid through FACTS upon application.

  • FAQs for Prospective Parents

    Should every new Smithtown 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 Smithtown 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 Smithtown 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:
    Lisa Eichenlaub, Director of Admissions and Advancement
    leichenlaub@scsemail.org
    631 . 265 . 3334

  • FAQs for Current Parents

    Should every returning Smithtown 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 a need-based scholarship. How does this work for Variable Tuition?
    Smithtown Christian no longer provides need-based scholarships for 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 Smithtown 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?
    For simplicity, the chart on this page shows tuition for one student. Please consult our tuition rate sheet in the resources page for the multi-student discount ranges.

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

    Lisa Eichenlaub, Director of Admissions and Advancement
    leichenlaub@scsemail.org
    631 . 265 . 3334 x203

    Jenn Coggin, Chief Executive Officer
    jcoggin@scsemail.org
    631 . 265 . 3334 x121

  • Other Helpful Links

    Submit Variable Tuition Application
    Apply to SCS
    Comprehensive Tuition Rate Sheet

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UPCOMING EVENTS

WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY…

  • ​" The service-learning program at SCS goes hand and hand with Christian education. Students learn about loving Jesus and helping those in need. Then, they practice what they learn by going out and being the "hands and feet" of Jesus to their communities. "
    Dr. Anna Ramos, SCS parent

  • " Knowing that our children are going to school and learning about Christ and hearing biblical truth that is not altered has confirmed to us over and over that SCS is the best choice we could make for our kids' education. "
    Doug & Kelly Jansson, SCS parents

  • " If you aim for heaven, you might get earth thrown in, besides. Aim for heavenly values by sending your kids to Smithtown Christian School, even if it means sacrifice. "
    Daniel Buttafuoco, SCS Grandparent

  • "SCS has been an incredible blessing to our family. Knowing our children are in a Christ-centered environment where they are loved, nurtured and prayed for by their teachers and other members of their school family is so important to us. "

    Rachel Cardwell, SCS Parent


  • "It's impossible to enter this school without coming into the presence of God. It's the only thing that can change lives and because of the faithful teachers, staff and culture of SCS, it changed mine."
    Pastor Jeffrey Eichenlaub, SCS Alum