Affording Legacy

Tuition Assistance

As a parent, you understand providing the financial resources for your children to attend private school represents a significant investment.

As your partner, Legacy has a proud history of assisting mission-aligned families in affording a Legacy education for their students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Legacy awards over $350,000 of need-based Tuition Assistance annually. Of the families applying for Tuition Assistance, 58% receive some level of assistance.

Legacy does not provide tuition assistance for academic, athletic ability or fine arts ability. Legacy does not provide merit scholarships of any kind.

Click HERE to access more information about the Legacy Tuition Assistance Program.

 
Applying for Tuition Assistance – Beginning December 15, 2019
 
Prospective Families
  • During the Online Application process, click the “Financial Aid” link to complete the application.
  • If you have completed the Online Application process and did not apply at that time, please contact Cheri Mosley at 214.619.5869 for instructions.
Returning Families
  • Log in to FACTS Family Online (ParentsWeb)
  • Choose “FACTS” from the left-side menu
  • Click “Apply for Grant & Aid”
  • Create an account if you are applying for the first time
  • Log in if you have an account
  • Complete the application
Tuition Assistance FAQs:
Should I apply for tuition assistance?

First, consider the total annual cost of a Legacy Christian Academy education. Then, calculate your ability to cover this cost. Second, consider all sources of income, adjust priorities, spending as able, and review assets available for use. If after this analysis you believe you cannot cover all of the educational expenses, we encourage you to apply for financial aid.

 

Does applying for tuition assistance affect school admission decisions?

The committee which reviews candidates for admissions is “need blind.” They do not consider whether or not someone has applied for tuition assistance as part of their decision.

Who can apply for tuition assistance?

Any student currently enrolled or new applicants for admission to LCA can apply for tuition assistance. Assistance will only be awarded for newly accepted students and current students enrolled for the following school year and whose tuition account is current.

Can I complete the application in paper format instead of online?

All applications must be submitted via the FACTS Grant and Aid link on our website.

How is tuition assistance determined?

LCA relies on the assistance of FACTS Grant & Aid (an online service) in calculating the level of demonstrated need of each applicant based upon a completed application. These calculations consider gross income, nontaxable income, assets, liabilities, family size, the number of children in tuition paying schools below the college level, and situations where the income level does not support the spending level, among other items. Included in this calculation is an allowance for basic living expenses and taxes. The Financial Aid Committee reviews this data and will adjust the amounts based upon additional knowledge about your unique situation.

What documents do I need to submit in addition to filling out the tuition assistance applications?

You will need to submit:

  • Your year‐ end paystub for all jobs worked in 2019. If you are receiving Social Security, unemployment or disability compensation you will need to submit a copy of these stubs.
  • If Self-Employed send the first two pages of your 2019 IRS Form 1040, Schedules C&E (if applicable) and bank statements for the last 3 months.
  • A complete copy of your 2018 FEDERAL tax return, if applying before April 15th, 2020 including all schedules and business tax returns, such as K1’s and 1120 for Corporations. Beginning April 15th 2020 a copy of your 2019 Federal tax return will be required. If you normally file for an extension, please plan ahead so you can meet the above requirements.
  • A copy of your 2019 W2 and/or 1099 for all jobs worked.

These documents will be needed for all adults in the household. Year‐ end paystubs, Tax returns and W2/1099’s should be submitted directly to FACTS no later than January 31, 2020. Upon review of your application, additional documents may be requested.

What if my tax return has not been filed in time to submit it with my aid application?

It is recommended that you make an appointment with your tax consultant early in order to insure your return is complete by April 15, 2020. Tax returns must be received for your application to be considered complete and eligible for funding. All awards granted are contingent upon receipt and review of these documents.

What if I have children at other schools that charge tuition?

If you have children at other K‐12 schools that charge tuition, the cost of their education is considered as part of the School’s review of your situation. If you are applying for assistance from LCA, we expect you to apply for assistance at all schools. In situations where one of the schools does not have a financial aid program, a note should be included with the application explaining that.

College tuition is considered an investment rather than an expense, as it generally pays for itself with higher future wages. As such, many families and college students will utilize federally subsidized loans, as well as aid that may be available at the college level.

What happens in cases of parental divorce or separation?

Regardless of the marriage status, the School does consider both biological parents as responsible for their child’s education, regardless of any legal assertions to the contrary. Therefore, LCA requires both biological parents to complete financial aid applications.

What happens if one or both divorced parents have remarried?

In cases of re‐marriage, all adults in each household must submit their information in the application. In the case of a step‐parent, their income and assets are to be included in the application and we will consider obligations a step‐parent has towards his/her own natural children.

What allowances are made if one parent cannot be located or refuses to complete the application?

LCA understands that some family situations can be very difficult. In such cases, a letter may be submitted to LCA from a pastor, school official, social worker or attorney confirming that the other legal parent cannot be located or refuses to participate in any aspects of their child’s life. The letter writer cannot be a relative of the applicant. The letter must state the following, as applicable:

  • The whereabouts of the other legal parent is unknown.
  • The other legal parent has provided no support and has had no contact with the family for at least two years.
  • It is in the family’s best interest not to have further contact with the other legal parent.
  • Any other extenuating circumstances that the individual believes the school should consider.

This letter should be submitted directly to Legacy Christian Academy at 5000 Academy Drive, Frisco, TX 75034. Attn: Financial Aid Manager

Is there a limit to the tuition assistance available?

While the School does have a generous amount of funds available for granting assistance, there is a limit to the funds available and no guarantee that all demonstrated needs will be met. In keeping with its Eagle family spirit, LCA generally gives priority to returning students and new students who are siblings of existing or past LCA students.  Additionally, we endeavor to award aid to families with varying levels of need in line with our mission to have a diverse student body.

Is the aid awarded for one year only, or for each year my child attends LCA?

Aid awards are for one year only. Families on aid must re‐apply for each subsequent year they wish to receive such assistance.

 

If my family has an unexpected financial emergency; can I apply for tuition assistance after the deadline?

We understand that sometimes a family’s financial situation can change unexpectedly. While funds are more limited for these types of grants, we encourage you to apply if needed. When applying late, please notify the Financial Aid Manager that you are submitting an application.

 

Can I still apply for tuition assistance after the deadline?

The bulk of tuition assistance funds are utilized in meeting the demonstrated needs of families applying by the filing deadline. However, funds may become available for grants subsequent to the deadline. Thus, if you are truly in need, we encourage you to apply as we may still be able to help you. Late applications that are complete and submitted by April 15th will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee in May. Those submitted/completed after April 15th but before June 30th will normally be reviewed in late July. We encourage families to pay all required tuition payments pending notification of awards in case sufficient aid is not available.

 

When will I know if I have been awarded tuition assistance?

Applications will only be considered if they have been filled out completely and all requested documents have been submitted. For tuition assistance applications submitted by the due date of January 31st, a tuition assistance decision letter will be sent to you by the end of February. For late applicants, please refer to the question regarding late application.

 

Can I appeal the tuition assistance decision if I believe it is insufficient?

You may appeal the tuition assistance decision if your financial situation has changed or you believe the Financial Aid Committee may have misunderstood your current situation. In such cases, you may be asked for additional documentation. Please contact the Financial Aid Manager for instructions to submit an appeal.

 

Will my family have to repay the tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance is a grant, not a loan. If at some future date your family’s financial situation improves, we hope you will consider making a donation to our tuition assistance program to help enable other deserving students to attend Legacy Christian.

 

Will my tuition assistance status and information remain confidential?

The School takes seriously its responsibility to maintain confidentiality over all tuition assistance information and records. It is recommended that you redact any social security numbers listed on your supporting documents and that you personally scan or mail your documents to FACTS. LCA must comply with any legal requests from courts or attorneys to provide documents. Parents are expected to keep their tuition assistance awards confidential and not discuss them with other families or teachers. Failure to do so may result in an award being rescinded.

 

 

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