Our goal is to allow ALL families that wish to provide their children with quality Christian education to be able to attend CCS regardless of their ability to pay. To that end, two types of Tuition Assistance are available to CCS families. Scholarships and Financial Aid are only available for students K5-12th grade. Don't hesitate to apply. Many middle and almost all lower income families will qualify for assistance!
STEP 1: Scholarship Application-
Deadline: April 29th.
Scholarships are granted to students who are eligible based on total household income. This scholarship is administered by qualified scholarship granting organizations under the Alabama Education Scholarship Program to accredited nonpublic schools. To verify that you are eligible for a first-time scholarship click on this calculator. If you do meet the income eligibility, ALL forms will need to be returned to the Accounting Office at the School before April 29th. Please download the attached application (above) to Rocket City Scholarship Granting Organization. It will need to be returned completed with supporting documents (i.e tax return) showing last year's household income. Registration fee is not covered and must be paid. Scholarships cannot be granted until a student has applied and has been accepted for admission. Please contact the office if you have hardship with the school application fee. If awarded, our RCSGO scholarship pays full tuition and the book/technology fee. There is no cost to apply for scholarships. CCS Accounting Office will gladly walk you through the process.
Families may wish to apply to at least one other Alabama Education Scholarship Programs scholarship organizations:
Scholarships for Kids, Inc Deadline: May 1
Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund (AOSF). Deadline: May 23
Renaissance Scholarships 3800 Colonnade Parkway, Suite 430 Birmingham Al 35243 phone: 205‐259‐2066
An updated list of State scholarship granting organizations is available at http://revenue.alabama.gov/accountability/documents/Qualified_Scholarship_Granting_Organizations.pdf
All Alabama scholarship organizations have the same income eligibility guidelines but they have different total amounts they can give so even if one does not grant you a scholarship, another may have funds to give. Priority is given to new families. In general, for example, a new applicant from a family of four making <$47,000 per year will qualify. See each SGO's website for details and required forms. Once you get a scholarship, it almost always is renewed each year even if the family's income increases. For example, that same family of 4 can renew their scholarship annually until their household income exceeds ~$69,000. By law, scholarships cannot be officially announced until July 31st of each school year. However, those students whose scholarship application is rejected by the SGO will hear something by June. Since this is very close to school start date, you should also apply to FACTS for financial aid as an alternative means of funding if the application is denied. (see STEP 2 below) Families are encouraged to explore other private sources of scholarships that are not regulated by the State government as well.
STEP 2. Financial Aid
In general, a family making less than $42,000 per year will usually qualify for aid.
Families making more than $42,000 may qualify also if the total tuition for all their children exceeds 10% of their income. We take into account special circumstances so please apply!
Aid is not available for preschool (PK3-4)
Families that were not eligible for or were not granted scholarships (STEP 1) that desire to receive financial aid must:
Set up an online account with FACTS. FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment specializes in unbiased Christian school financial aid analysis and is used to process all financial aid applications.
FACTS collects a nonrefundable fee of $25 per family
If you need help, you can contact FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment team member at 866-315-9262 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Spanish speaking reps available)
Complete and submit all required information on the checklist in a complete and accurate manner. When you apply to FACTS please take note that you will be asked to supply them with your annual income. When completing the application you will have an opportunity to list any anticipated increase or decrease in salary since last year's tax return. Please estimate your yearly income based on based on the formula: (current month i.e May monthly income x 12). Also be aware the requirement to update FACTS and notify the school business office if your yearly income changes by >$1000 since the date of your FACTS application. You will need to go in and update their FACTS application and put in their expected increase in salary (no cost to update your application).
ALL APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL AID for returning students are DUE APRIL 18th! New students may apply at any time but the sooner the better.
1. Be in continuing compliance with all the standards contained in the "Admission Policy" of Cullman Christian School.
2. Pay for all charges not covered by a Financial Aid allocation by the due date shown. Financial aid does NOT cover registration fees, book/technology fee, classroom supply fees, laboratory fees, extracurricular events/athletic fees, field trip costs or meal tickets.
3. Agree to volunteer and help with school with our 2 annual fund-raising events, work days, and one other support organization. Please complete and sign the Parental Agreement. This form must be returned to the business office before any aid can be finalized.
The total amount of financial aid available in any school year is determined by the Financial Aid Committee of the CCS board of directors as part of the annual budget process. FACTS will let CCS know what FACTS calculates that you can pay but it does not guarantee a grant if funds are not available. Financial Aid awards are determined annually but applied to accounts monthly and are subject to withdrawal in the case of families/students who fall out of compliance with any of the Eligibility requirements used in determining the annual award. Additional discounts such as prepaid tuition do not apply to scholarship recipients. CCS has the right to increase or decrease financial aid at any time if a family's financial status changes or if a recipient fails to keep the terms of the Parental Agreement.
Cullman Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, disability status or ethnicity of the student or the student's parent in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.