Purpose of Indexed Tuition

Legacy Christian Academy is committed to making enrollment accessible to Christian families with a wide range of financial circumstances. Indexed Tuition allows us to offer tuition rates according to each family’s ability to contribute to their educational expenses.

Eligibility

To determine eligibility we use the financial information which families provide to FACTS, a third-party, independent agency, to evaluate each family's unique financial situation. A family’s income, savings, mortgage, and other debt and asset considerations, as well as the number of children, are all factored into the assessment. Because every family’s situation is different, LCA encourages all families with students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 to apply for Indexed Tuition if they believe they may qualify.

Indexed Tuition Application Checklist

These documents will be needed for all adults in the household. Year‐end pay stubs, Tax returns and W2/1099’s should be submitted directly to FACTS no later than January 15, 2021, to be considered in the first round of tuition indexing. Beyond this initial date, applications are considered on a rolling basis. Indexed tuition rates are communicated to applicants within 2 weeks of submission of the application and all supporting documents. Upon review of your application, additional documents may be requested.

    • Completed FACTS Application
    • Completed 2020 Family Budget 
    • Application Fee of $35
    • Most Recent Personal and Business Tax Returns, including all schedules
    • Most Recent W2(s)
    • Most Recent Personal and Business Tax Returns, including all schedules

FAQ

What is Indexed Tuition?

Indexed Tuition is a program that reflects LCA’s commitment to providing access to Christian education for families of all income levels. Indexed Tuition allows families to qualify for an indexed tuition rate based on their unique financial circumstances. 

This is not a loan program. The amount of reduced tuition will never need to be “repaid.”

 

How is Indexed Tuition beneficial to LCA?

We understand that there is great diversity in families’ incomes and assets. Our Indexed Tuition program recognizes those differences and provides a range of tuition so that we charge the rates that are right for our families.

Peer schools with similar models have found that it changes perceptions about affordability and increases the number of prospective families considering a private Christian education, which in turn enriches a school's student body and the overall community.

How does Indexed Tuition work?
Any prospective or current family with students in kindergarten to grade 12 may apply for Indexed Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Legacy Christian Academy. Tap here to view Tuition Information

To determine if a family qualifies for Indexed Tuition, Legacy Christian Academy partners with FACTS, a third party financial processor of Indexed Tuition applications for independent schools across the country. FACTS determines a family’s ability to pay tuition based upon on an “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC) calculation that takes into account many of the factors that make up a family’s overall financial picture, including but not limited to income, assets, household size, unusual expenses, and family size. 

The Indexed Tuition Committee evaluates each application in a fair, consistent, and confidential manner. We take time to understand the nuances and unique circumstances of each family.

How do we apply for Indexed Tuition?
LCA partners with FACTS to process Indexed Tuition applications. Every year families submit a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) to FACTS, which processes the information and provides an analysis.

  • Complete instructions are provided on the FACTS website.
  • Legacy Christian Academy provided over $900,000 to 13% of the student body for the 2020-2021 academic year.

LCA has a generous Indexed Tuition budget; however, it is not unlimited. To be considered in the first round of tuition indexing, please apply and have all supporting documentation submitted by January 15, 2021. Beyond this initial date, applications are considered on a rolling basis. Indexed tuition rates are communicated to applicants within 2 weeks of submission of the application and all supporting documents.

Is Indexed Tuition available for all grades?
No. Indexed Tuition is available for families with students in grades Kindergarten through 12. It is not available for pre-kindergarten students. The availability of Indexed Tuition may vary based on the entering grade level, space in a grade, number of applicants, and budgeted funds. To be considered in the first round of tuition indexing, please apply and have all supporting documentation submitted by January 15, 2021. Beyond this initial date, applications are considered on a rolling basis. Indexed tuition rates are communicated to applicants within 2 weeks of submission of the application and all supporting documents.
Will applying for Indexed Tuition diminish the chances of my child being accepted to LCA?
No. Admission applications and Indexed Tuition applications are reviewed separately, and submitting an application for Indexed Tuition has no bearing on an applicant’s admissibility. 
If we qualify for Indexed Tuition this year, will we pay the same amount in future years? Do we need to apply again?
Families who receive an Indexed Tuition rate can expect to receive similar amounts of funding each year if their financial circumstances remain the same. However, every family must reapply for Indexed Tuition each year and meet all stated deadlines. If the current financial picture for a family changes significantly, the amount of Indexed Tuition will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the new amount of demonstrated need.
Are all students who are offered admission automatically offered Indexed Tuition if their parents qualify?
Unfortunately, not. While LCA makes a considerable investment in the program each year, we are not able to offer Indexed Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Indexed Tuition due to a finite amount of funds available. 
How do families in multiple households apply for Indexed Tuition?

LCA requires that, to be considered for Indexed Tuition, each parent/guardian household must submit a separate Indexed Tuition application along with all tax documents and forms. Consideration of all available resources from both parents/guardians and their spouses is based on the principle that a family’s contribution to education is a reflection of “the ability to contribute, not the willingness to contribute,” which is standard FACTS policy. 

After LCA determines an Indexed Tuition rate for the student, it is the responsibility of the parents to determine a payment schedule structure. 

If a parent is no longer involved in the life of the child in any way, please speak directly with LCA’s Indexed Tuition coordinator, Cheri Mosley, at 214-619-5869 to determine how to proceed.

Will My Application be Confidential?

All Indexed Tuition applications are confidential. Faculty and administrators are not privy to any family’s financial materials, nor are they aware of which families apply for Indexed Tuition.

In the case of applications from multiple households, all financial information is kept strictly confidential, and at no time will one household have access to the others’ information. 

In fact, LCA considers all Indexed Tuition decisions to be confidential agreements between the school and the recipient family and expects both parties to treat them that way. 

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Non-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of LCA to maintain a school environment that is free from discrimination and to conduct its educational practices, admissions program, financial aid policies, hiring, and other school-administrative programs on the basis of an individual’s qualifications and abilities. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (unless it is required as a bona fide occupational qualification), sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, unless a particular status protected by federal, state, or local laws contradict the deeply held religious convictions of LCA.

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