Proposed per-student tuition rates for the 2017-18 school year are as follows:
|Program||Tuition||Actual Cost of Education|
|Kindergarten (3 days/Week):||$3,980||$4,580|
|Kindergarten (Full Time):||$6,630||$7,630|
|Elementary (1st - 5th grade):||$6,630||$7,630|
|Middle School (6th - 8th grade):||$6,780||$7,780|
Although no families are required to pay the actual full cost of education, at enrollment all families will be asked if they would be willing to waive their grant(s) to lessen the burden of the fundraising efforts and make more aid available to those who need it.
All families are also required to complete 20 hours of volunteer service for the school or pay a $300 service hour fee. It should be noted that the tuition rates above have already been reduced from the actual cost of education (the school budget divided by the number of students). This is made possible by the application of grants that are available to all families regardless of their financial situation. One grant comes from a portion of the investment earnings from the school's endowment fund; the second from the annual fundraising efforts the GRACE board, the fundraising committee of the school board. Currently, available grant assistance totals $1,000 per full time student.
Do you or a family you know sincerely desire to provide a Christian education for your children and have a genuine financial need? Grand Haven Christian School administers its own tuition assistance program to provide tuition adjustments for families who qualify.
The goal of this program is to provide assistance to moderate and low-income families in an objective, equitable, and consistent manner in the context of fiscal responsibility to the school budget as a whole. The program is run the by the Finance Committee of the board who is responsible and accountable for all decisions regarding adjustments to required tuition amounts.
Although aid amounts are limited, historically, tuition adjustments result in a final tuition amount equal to 12-17% of an applicant family's gross income. Since this program is based on a gross income, regardless of the number of children, it can greatly reduce the tuition for each additional child enrolled. Approximately 55% of all students at GHCS receive some financial assistance through this program
GHCS contracts with FACTS, an independent, third-party organization to verify income and other financial information, and initial application is made by filling out a FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Form. For regular enrollment, this form should be filled out in January to allow time for the committee to determine aid amounts prior to the start of the new school year. However, new families or families whose financial situation has unexpectedly changed may apply at any time.
Another way all families can help themselves to lower their tuition cost is through the Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (T.R.I.P.). When gift certificates to local businesses (including grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants) are purchased through the school, a percentage of the proceeds go directly to the school and to the designated family's tuition account. By using this system for themselves and getting family and friends to also participate, significant benefits can be gained through regular purchases already being made.