Tuition Assistance Program
Legacy Christian Academy provides academic excellence taught with a Biblical worldview. The purpose of the Tuition Assistance Program is to make attendance at Legacy possible for children of parents who are committed to the mission and values of Legacy, believe that God would have them send their children to Legacy, but are unable to do so because of financial hardship or other unfortunate circumstances. Through the Tuition Assistance Program, Legacy will make financial assistance available to qualifying families, including families whose children are already attending Legacy, as well as new families that are interested in attending Legacy.
Description of Tuition Assistance Program
Parental involvement in the education of children is a critical element in the pursuit of academic excellence. By directly contributing to the education of their children, in both monetary and non-monetary ways, parents affirm their vital stake in that education. The award of financial assistance depends primarily upon financial need, but also takes into consideration other relevant circumstances, such as students' prior academic achievements and citizenship/extracurricular involvement.
Application and Qualification Process
Legacy Christian Academy will ensure that the application, qualification and selection process for receiving financial assistance is conducted with the utmost integrity, being based primarily upon a family’s need and not a student’s merit. To apply for financial assistance under the Tuition Assistance Program, the parents or guardians of the prospective student(s) must:
- Complete the application and enrollment process for Legacy Christian Academy (if the applicant is not already a student).
- Provide a letter describing the circumstances, financial and otherwise, which led to the need for financial assistance, how long the need for financial assistance may last, and how you plan to support your child’s tuition in the future as they continue at Legacy.
Evaluation/Acceptance Criteria and Process
FACTS conducts an independent review, verification and analysis of applicants financial condition and need, using its own guidelines and criteria, and then provides Legacy with a written recommendation on whether an applicant is qualified to receive financial assistance.
Once FACTS recommends that an applicant qualifies for financial assistance, Legacy will consider selection of an applicant to receive financial assistance based upon need as well as the availability of funding. The selection process is conducted by an anonymous committee appointed by the Legacy Board of Directors. As referenced above, financial assistance applications are approved and valued based on several self-defined factors, including:
- The particular circumstances, financial and otherwise, which led to the need for assistance.
- Legacy’s needs with the grades targeted for enrollment.
- The plan in place by applicants to eventually pay a portion of the tuition.
- The applicant’s prior academic achievements and citizenship/extracurricular involvement.
For information please contact the Legacy Business Office.
Compliance with TAPPS Guidelines
Further, the Tuition Assistance Program shall fully comply with the applicable sections, as amended from time to time, of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (“TAPPS”) member guidelines, including those related to athletics and other extracurricular activities. Whether financial assistance is provided to a student’s family (a) by Legacy through the Tuition Assistance Program, as described above, or (b) by a non-Legacy source, such as other Legacy families or third parties (an “outside source”), the TAPPS guidelines provide that Legacy personnel, Legacy volunteers, parents and/or other third parties cannot target students or prospective students for their athletic ability. Offering or providing financial assistance to students because of their ability to participate in athletics or other TAPPS sanctioned extracurricular activities constitutes unauthorized inducement of students and is a clear violation of TAPPS guidelines, which could result in penalties not only for the affected student, but also Legacy. Although a student or prospective student receiving financial assistance may participate in TAPPS athletics or extracurricular activities, students cannot be targeted for receiving financial assistance because of their potential involvement in such activities and/or events.
As a result, before financial assistance can be granted to an applicant under the Tuition Assistance Program or from an outside source, compliance with TAPPS guidelines is a mandatory consideration and factor. For further explanation and clarification of what constitutes permissible and non-permissible actions and assistance under the TAPPS guidelines, please refer to the TAPPS guidelines, including Section 87 – Solicitation of Students, Section 131 – Athletic Codes, and Section 133 – Duties of Athletic District Executive Committee.