As we anticipate a new school year together, we recognize that the financial impact of COVID-19 has been significant and far reaching. Job loss and reduced income has affected families in the CCS community. For some, the question of how they might afford Christian education weighs heavily on their hearts and minds.
To help families continue to provide for their children’s Christian education through CCS, we’ve increased the amount of financial assistance available for the 2020-2021 school year. In this way, we hope to help those families most seriously affected by the economic fallout of this pandemic.
In order to better manage the application process and determine how to distribute available funds, we have enlisted an online service to process applications. Based on the financial information provided by applicants, the program will assess the level of need and recommend an amount. Any awarded amounts will then be reflected in revised Program Fee Schedule and Commitment Forms returned to families receiving aid.
Asking for financial assistance may be difficult for some, yet our faith reminds us that asking for help is a good thing. In all cases, the process and results are confidential. No matter who you are or how long you’ve been attending CCS, if the primary factor limiting your child’s participation in our Christian education program is a financial one, we encourage you to apply.
CCS has engaged an online tool called Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to assist in the program fee assistance processing. FAST neither decides whether program fee assistance should be given nor determines the amount to give. The FAST program provides a need-based financial aid analysis that includes an income verification process. The application process is not meant to be an intrusion into your financial affairs, but is designed to provide a fair evaluation to all applicants. All information stored in FAST remains confidential.
To ensure that applications are reviewed in an equitable manner, the following factors will also be taken into consideration:
- Calgary Christian School believes a family should invest in their child’s education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, expensive car leases/purchases, and elaborate vacations.
- In the case of divorce or separation, Calgary Christian School requires both parents to file an application for tuition assistance. In unique circumstances, additional details can be requested by the Finance Committee.
Unfortunately, no tuition assistance process is perfect, but we will use our best effort in establishing a fair and equitable process to evaluate all applications.
The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. FAST has a 24/7/365 helpline available to you should you have any questions, which can be reached by calling 1-877-326-FAST(3278).
The charge for the application is $45.00USD and to be paid by credit card when you are ready to submit your information. Because this is a new process for 2020-21 this fee will be refunded to you with your assistance grant. If you do not have a credit card for the application fee, please phone (403.242.2896 ext 318) or email the Business Office.