Your Family CAN Afford an Excellent Christian Education.
Private education may not be as unattainable as you think. There are several programs available for your family to make a quality Christian education a reality for your son or daughter and Portsmouth Christian Academy proudly offers Variable Tuition, a need-based tuition assistance program available to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Tuition at PCA is not “one-size-fits all” and Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position.
In addition to Variable Tuition, families can apply for scholarships through the Maine and New Hampshire Children’s Scholarship Funds and, new to New Hampshire in 2021, qualifying families can apply for Education Freedom Accounts. In concert with Variable Tuition, you can gain access to private education for less than what the sticker price indicates.
Variable Tuition allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their unique financial situations. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Awards are typically communicated to applicants within 15 business days of the time that FAST receives the Variable Tuition application and supporting documents.
Variable Tuition Rates for the 2023-24 School Year
Lower School (K-8th): $6,980 – $13,960
Upper School (9th-12th): $9,075 – $18,150
Preschool Rates for the 2023-24 School Year
3-Year-Old, 2-Day (T-TH): Full Day – $4,950 | Half Day – $3,100
3-Year-Old, 3-Day (M-W-F): Full Day – $7,415 | Half Day – $4,625
3-Year-Old, 5-Day: Full Day – $9,575 | Half Day – $6,175
4-Year-Old, 3-Day (T-W-TH): Full Day – $7,090 | Half Day – $4,315
4-Year-Old, 5-Day: Full Day – $9,255 | Half Day – $5,615
Application Fee: A $100 non-refundable Application Fee is due at the time of application.
Facilities and Technology Fee: A $30 non-refundable Facilities and Technology Fee is applied per student at the time of enrollment as well as re-enroll for subsequent years enrolled.
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 tailored for their unique financial situations. Thus, this makes a PCA education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise be able to 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 Portsmouth Christian Academy 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 PCA.
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 FAST, a third-party agency. FAST evaluates the application and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. Families are then notified by PCA of the tuition level for which they qualify.
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.
Is There Any Additional Financial Aid Available?
Yes! Additionally, qualifying families can apply for scholarships via the Maine and New Hampshire Children’s Scholarship Funds and, new to New Hampshire in 2021, can also apply for Education Freedom Accounts. In concert with Variable Tuition, you can gain access to private education for less than what the sticker price indicates.