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Tuition & Costs

Over $1.5 Million

in Tuition Assistance Awarded Annually to our Families.

As a Christian community, we are committed to making a Southwest Chicago Christian education accessibility to families of various financial levels.  We are excited to share that we offer/secure tuition assistance of $1.5 Million annually to our families with financial need.

Pass It On Thrift Store – Tuition Savings for 2019/20

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: $4,300 (Savings of $565)
Kindergarten – Full Day: $7,760 (Savings of $1,065)
1st through 5th Grade: $7,760 (Savings of $1,065)
Middle School: $8,445 (Savings of $1,135)
High School: $10,825 (Savings of $1,415)

Preschool Tuition for 2019/20

Half Day Full Day
2 Days a Week $1,555 $3,995
3 Days a Week $1,885 $5,400
4 Days a Week $2,410 $6,045
5 Days a Week $2,925 $6,690

Full Tuition Rates for 2019/20

Kindergarten – ½ Day: $4,865
Kindergarten – Full Day: $8,825
1st through 5th Grade: $8,825
Middle School: $9,580
High School: $12,240

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 at our campuses and for 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
    Enrollment Fee - $100 per family, annually (waived for families new to SCCS/CCHS.)

    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
    12th Grade Graduation Fee - $55, one time
    Book Store Day - This event is held annually just prior to the start of school.  Student purchase their workbooks, reading books, and other supplies for the school year.  The cost ranges depending on the courses chosen.  This 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 Rates2 Days/Week3 Days/Week5 Days/Week
    Morning (7 to 8:10am)$560 Annual
    $62.23 Month
    $800 Annual
    $88.89 Month
    $1,300 Annual
    $144.45 Month
    Afternoon (3:10 to 6pm)$890 Annual
    $98.89 Month
    $1,295 Annual
    $143.89 Month
    $2,105 Annual
    $233.89 Month
    Morning  & Afternoon$1,380 Annual
    $153.34 Month
    $2,030 Annual
    $225.56 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.  For 2019-20, we have a group stop in Matteson.  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 determine 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 Annually
    Plus $62 Per Mile, Per Student,  Annually

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

    Base Rate per Family Per Mile*, Per Student

    *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 2019/20 school year, this amount is $92,925.

**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 up to 15% for one student, and up to 25% for two or more students.  Additional assistance may be available from additional sources known to SCCS -- such as church support, scholarships from third parties, etc. 



 

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 most recent tax return.) This includes earning from wages, business activity, investments, rental income, etc.
    • Other Assets: Savings, stocks, home equity, etc.
    • Family Size: Living allowances taking into account the number of people in a household and costs associated with expenses such as food, medical needs, and child care.
    • Family Education Commitments: Other private school tuition for siblings in grades Kindergarten through High School.
    • Unexpected and Unique Circumstances: This includes medical emergencies or other unexpected necessities.
    • Divorced, separated, or never-married parents: Both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to submit a Tuition Assistance application as a part of the process. This is regardless of any legal arrangement. The Business Office may allow an exception in unusual circumstances. 
  • 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 merit-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 needs-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, 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.  See the FAQ questions below to find out more about eligibility and how to apply for a scholarship.  

    

Questions?

If you have questions about securing a scholarship through the IL Tax Credit Scholarship Program, please contact the Scholarship Granting Organization that you are applying with.  Additionally, you may contact the Advancement Office at 708.388.7646 or Info@swchristian.org.

Tax Credit Scholarship FAQ

List of 8 items.

  • How much money can a student receive through this scholarship?

    Depending on the household income, the scholarships cover 50%, 75% or 100% of a student’s tuition and eligible fees. They are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and applicants who have received a scholarship in the past will take precedence in the following years should they choose to re-apply.  Applicants MUST REAPPLY EVERY YEAR if they wish to continue in the scholarship program. 
     
  • Should I apply to more than one SGO?

    You can apply to as many SGOs as desired. We recommend you apply with Children’s Tuition Fund and Bright Promise Fund as we plan to continue to work closely with these organizations.  We recommend our individual contributors make their donations to Childdren's Tuition Fund, since this is the SGO that provides most of our scholarships.  

    Please note that if your student receives a scholarship from more than one SGO, you will need to choose one scholarship and decline the other.
  • What are tax credit scholarships?

    Tax credit scholarships are awarded by Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) to eligible students from low-income families. Contributors will use money already owed to the state (taxes) and contribute it to a needs-based scholarship. Donors receive a 75% state tax credit. For example, if they contribute $1,000 to this program, they will receive a $750 credit on their IL income tax.  Contributors are essentially also making a donation (for which they receive no tax benefit) when you consider that 25% of their contribution does not receive a credit. 
  • What do I need in order to apply for a scholarship?

    You will complete an initial, brief application with the SGO.  Once the SGO determines that they may have funding for you, they will recontact you and ask that you provide additional information.  This is typically through a 3rd party organization, such as FACTS. (There is also typically a small fee to register with FACTS and similar organizations.)  

    Items you will likely need to provide:  Proof of Illinois residency, your adjusted gross income,a copy of your most recent tax return.  They may require other documents.  Applications are handled through an online system, and will require an email address for login.  If you are applying for multiple children, a separate application will need to be completed for each child.
  • What if we don't receive a scholarship?

    You are encouraged to apply Tuition Assistance directly with SCCS and CCHS. In fact, since the tax scholarship process is lengthy, we highly recommend you apply for Tuition Assistance in addition to applying for the scholarship.

    Apply for Tuition Assistance as early as possible. For students new to our schools, the application for assistance is handled through the admissions process.  For returning students, the application for assistance is handled during re-enrollment.
  • What is "priority status"?

    For scholarship applications received by April 1, priority is given for students that:
    • Received a scholarship for the prior school year,
    • Have a family income less than 185% of the federal poverty level, and/or
    • Reside in a focus district. (A focus district is a public school or district identified by the state to be operating at lower standards. The city of Chicago is considered a Focus District.)
    Scholarship applications received after April 1 are not eligible for priority status.
  • When are scholarships available?

    Scholarships for the 2019/2020 school year have already been disbursed. The SGOs will update their websites prior to January announcing the date of their application opening for 2020/21.  Application dates vary slightly from one SGO to another but all of them typically open in January.

    SGOs begin disbursing scholarships as funds are available, typically beginning in February. As a school, SCCS has to re-secure these contributions year after year.  The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The scholarship funding goes quickly, therefore, it is important to apply as early as possible.
  • Who is eligible to receive a scholarship?

    Families with limited financial resources and income up to 300% of the federal poverty level are eligible. Families who are re-applying and have received a scholarship in the previous year can make up to 400% of the federal poverty level and receive a scholarship again.  See the resources for a link to the current poverty guidelines.  
    • Students from households that are lower than 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for a full tuition scholarship.
    • Students from households that are between 185 - 250% of the federal poverty level are eligible for a 75% tuition scholarship.
    • Students from households that are between 250% - 300% are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship.