Should every new PCA family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay full tuition should submit an application.
Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.
What is the deadline to apply for Variable Tuition?
Applications are submitted to FAST and considered after you have submitted a student application to Portsmouth Christian Academy. Applications for new families are accepted throughout the year as families apply to PCA.
What do I need to submit to FAST?
You will need to fill out an application in FAST, and upload your 2016 tax documents.
Is there a fee to apply for Variable Tuition?
FAST charges $43 per application whether you have one child or multiple children.
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 Portsmouth Christian Academy 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 the full tuition rate to those who are at the entry level of the variable tuition 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. Your family will not 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.
Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:
Elaina Russo, Director of Admissions