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Tuition & Costs

Over $1.8 Million

in Tuition Assistance Awarded Annually to our Families.

As a Christian community, we are committed to making a Southwest Chicago Christian education accessible to families of various financial levels.  We are excited to share that we offer/secure tuition assistance of $1.8 Million annually to our families with financial need.

Pass It On Thrift Store – Tuition Savings for 2020/21

Our partnership with the Pass It On Thrift Store allows us to offer an alternative tuition structure starting in Kindergarten.  The store is volunteer-run and their profits support all three SCCS campuses.  While this savings is offered to every family, we kindly ask that you pay full tuition if you have the means to do so.  Please click on the link for more information about the Pass It On Thrift Store.

Kindergarten – ½ Day: $4,400 (Savings of $575)
Kindergarten – Full Day: $7,940 (Savings of $1,085)
1st through 5th Grade: $7,940 (Savings of $1,085)
Middle School: $8,635 (Savings of $1,160)
High School: $11,065 (Savings of $1,450)

Preschool Tuition Rates

Half Day Full Day
2 Days a Week $1,555 $3,995
3 Days a Week $1,885 $5,400
5 Days a Week $2,925 $6,690

Full Tuition Rates for 2020/21

Kindergarten – ½ Day: $4,975
Kindergarten – Full Day: $9,025
1st through 5th Grade: $9,025
Middle School: $9,795
High School: $12,515

We are pleased to offer this tuition structure which supports a well-rounded student experience including a robust academic program, a variety of fine arts opportunities, and an exciting physical education curriculum – all through a Biblical lens.

Tuition & Cost FAQ

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • What does the cost of tuition cover?

    Tuition revenue covers all academic program budgets, salaries, healthcare and retirement benefits for teachers, administrators and staff.  It also covers basic day-to-day maintenance and operations of our campuses and our technology programs.  Like most private schools, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of operations.  Additional funds are needed and raised for special projects, growing our Foundation, updates to our facilities, upgrades to our technology, and similar developments.
  • What additional fees and expenses are required?

    General Fees:
    Capital Fee - $200 per family, annually (The Board of Directors has decided to allow families to waive this fee for the 2020-21 School Year due to the financial imact of COVID-19.  Families may choose to pay this fee if they have the means to do so.)
    Enrollment Fee - $100 per family, annually (This fee is applied to the first month of tuition.  The fee is waived for families new to SCCS/CCHS that have paid an application fee.)

    Kindergarten through 5th Grade Fees:
    PE Fee - $10, annually
    Bible Fee - $17, one time (due in 1st grade for Oak Lawn campus, and 3rd Grade for Tinley Park campus)

    Middle School Fees:
    Class Fee - $50, annually
    8th Grade Graduation - $45, one time

    High School Fees:
    Book Rental Fee - $45, annually
    Class Fee - $50, annually
    12th Grade Graduation Fee - $55, one time

    Book Store Day - This event is held annually just prior to the start of school.  Students purchase their workbooks, reading books, and other supplies for the school year.  The cost ranges depending on the courses chosen.  This expense is in addition to the Book Rental Fee.
  • What is the cost of Before & After Care?

    We offer this service for students in preschool through 8th grade.  For full time preschool students, the cost is included in the tuition rate.  For all other students, these rates apply:

    Before & After Care 2 Days/Week3 Days/Week4 Days/Week5 Days/Week
    Morning (7 to 8:10am)       $560 Annual
    $62.23 Month
    $800 Annual
    $88.89 Month
    $1,050 Annual
    $116.67 Month
    $1,300 Annual
    $144.45 Month
    Afternoon (3:10 to 6pm)$890 Annual
    $98.89 Month
    $1,295 Annual
    $143.89 Month
    $1,700Annual
    $188.89 Month
    $2,105 Annual
    $233.89 Month
    Morning & Afternoon$1,380 Annual
    $153.34 Month
    $2,030 Annual
    $225.56 Month
    $2,510 Annual
    $278.89 Month
    $2,990 Annual
    $332.23 Month


    To use the service on occasion (referred to as "Occasional Care"), the cost is $6 per hour and it is billed monthly. 

    The registration fee for Before & After Care is $5 annually for Occasional Care and $30 annually for Scheduled Care.  SCCS offers care for some week days that school is not in session and/or has an early dismissal.
  • Do you provide bus transportation?

    Yes!  SCCS operates its own bus fleet throughout much of the southwestern suburbs and some areas of Chicago.  Current boundaries, as determined by our Board, are shown in the map below.  In addition to the areas shown on the map, we also include group stops each year depending on need.  We have had group stops in Matteson and South Holland.  For the 2020/21 school year, we are considering group stops in or near Shorewood and Burr Ridge.  Please note that bus routes and group stops are determined in early July each summer, and it is based on the need of students requesting transportation and that are fully enrolled for the following school year.  

            Two-Way Bus Fare
    $595 Base Rate Per Family, Annually
    Plus $62 Per Mile*, Per Student,  Annually

    One-Way Bus Fare
    Calculated at 60% of the Two-Way Rate
     

    *Mileage is calculated as the shortest route, as determined by SCCS Transportation Department, from the child's home to the campus.

    Transportation fees can be set up on the same payment plan chosen for tuition: one-pay, two-pay, or 10-month installment.
      


  • What is the TRIP program, and how can it help reduce my tuition?

    The Tuition Rebate Incentive Program (TRIP) is an opportunity for families to accumulate credit specifically to reduce their tuition. Simply purchase gift cards through our program.  We offer a traditional gift card program that is distributed weekly as well as an immediate online purchase option.  TRIP offers cards through 150 different merchants including Jewel Osco, Mariano's, Speedway and more.  We've got all of your needs covered from everyday items to holiday gifts. Ask grandparents and other family members to participate on your behalf and see your tuition credit grow!
     

    Check out the TRIP page here to learn more about the program.

Tuition Assistance

Southwest Chicago Christian School and Chicago Christian High School offer a needs-based Tuition Assistance program.  For new students, the application for Tuition Assistance is part of the school application process.  For returning students, the application for Tuition Assistance is part of the re-enrollment process.  

Tuition Assistance is awarded towards tuition for Kindergarten through 12th grade students only.  Generally, a family is eligible for tuition assistance if the family's net tuition exceeds the following guidelines:

# of Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Students at SCCS/CCHS
       Family Contribution Towards Tuition*
1 12% of AGI**
2 13% of AGI**
3 14% of AGI**
4 or More 15% of AGI**

*Families with income above an established threshold (determined by the SCCS Board of Directors annually) are expected to contribute a greater percentage of their adjusted gross income (AGI).  For the 2020/21 school year, this amount is $95,025.

**AGI from 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (Page 2, Line 7)

A family whose income does not meet the above guidelines may still be eligible for tuition assistance if the family has unusual expenses or other special circumstances.  Please provide any information you think the Finance Committee should be aware of in making its decision concerning your Tuition Assistance Application. 

Tuition Assistance is generally awarded as follows:
  • Up to 15% for one student
  • Up to 25% for two or more students
Additional assistance may be available from other sources known to SCCS -- such as church support, scholarships from third parties, the Illinois Tax Scholarship Program, and others.

Due to COVID-19 and the financial impact facing many families, the SCCS Board of Directors has decided to increase the maximum awards for Tuition Assistance for the 2020-21 school year:
  • Up to 20% for one student
  • Up to 30% for two or more students



 

Tuition Assistance FAQ

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How is Tuition Assistance determined?

    These factors can be considered in determining assistance: 

    • Income: AGI or Adjusted Gross Income (as defined by your federal tax return.) This includes earning from wages, business activity, investments, rental income, etc.
    • Family Education Commitments: Other Christian school tuition for siblings in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
    • Unexpected and Unique Circumstances: This includes medical expenses or other unexpected necessities.
    • Divorced, separated, or never-married parents: 
    1. Both parents' income is used in cases where no divorce is finalized, or
    2. Per divorce decree, or
    3. Custodial parent's income plus anticipated child support/alimony, or
    4. Custodial parent and step parent's income. 
  • How and when do I apply for Tuition Assistance?

    For new families, apply during the Application process.

    For returning families, apply during the re-enrollment process. 
  • Do churches assist with the cost of Christian education?

    SCCS is aware of some churches that are willing to assist families in need with the cost of tuition for a Christian education.  By indicating the name of your church on your application, we will notify you if your church participates in this program.  Any financial information provided herein will not be provided to your church, or any other outside party.  SCCS takes your Tuition Assistance application seriously, and will keep your information confidential.
  • Do you offer athletic scholarships?

    No, all of our scholarships are need-based.

    Per IHSA rules, high schools are not allowed to offer athletic scholarships.
  • Do you offer merit-based scholarships?

    No, all of our scholarships are need-based.
  • What is the IL Tax Credit Scholarship Program?

    The Invest in Kids Act, passed by Illinois state legislators in 2017, was designed to create a more equitable formula for school funding. Scholarships for SCCS and CCHS students are funded by individuals and businesses who contribute to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) in return for a state tax credit. Scholarships are awarded to families with financial need that choose to enroll their children at private schools to secure a quality education for their children.  This is an amazing opportunity for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.  Read information below specific to the program if you are interested in seeking an IL Tax Credit Scholarship.  

IL Tax Credit Scholarships: The Invest in Kids Act

The Invest in Kids Act, passed by Illinois state legislators in 2017, was designed to create a more equitable formula for school funding. Scholarships for SCCS and CCHS students are funded by individuals and businesses who contribute to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) in return for a state tax credit. Scholarships are awarded to families with financial need that choose to enroll their children at private schools to secure a quality education for their children.  

Tax credit scholarships are awarded by Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) to eligible students from low-income families. Students that are eligible and receive a scholarship will have 50%, 75%, or 100% of their tuition bill paid by the SGO directly to the school.  

For more information on eligibility and how to apply for scholarships, please click HERE and scroll to the middle of the page.