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Tuition Rebate Incentive Plan (TRIP)

The Tuition Rebate Incentive Plan (TRIP) is an exciting opportunity for families to accumulate credit specifically to reduce their tuition. Enrollment is available to:
  • Current School Families
  • Families who plan to send their children to SCCS in the future,
  • Individuals who would like to participate on behalf of an SCCS family,
  • Individuals who would like to participate to earn credit for our Tuition Assistance program, and
  • Churches interested in accumulating credit for their Christian Education Fund.
Through the physical gift card program, bulk quantities of gift cards/certificates from grocery and retail stores are purchased at a discount. The certificates are then sold to participating families at face value. The discount received is passed on to the family in the form of tuition credit. Here is an example:

A family submits an order on Monday for $100 in Jewel certificates. Their order and check are processed and on Thursday that family receives $100 in certificates. We receive a 4% discount for Jewel and this 4% (or $4.00) is applied to the ordering family account as tuition credit.

This example represents a yearly savings of $208 (just on groceries) if certificates are ordered each week. Combine these earnings with purchases made for over 150 participating merchants available through TRIP and the savings can really add up!
 
There are 40 voucher merchants participating as well. TRIP voucher purchases do not require you to buy certificates in advance. At the time of making a purchase, a voucher form is presented to the merchant. The merchant completes the form and remits a check to TRIP for the amount of tuition credit earned. It is then applied to your account.

Each April and October, statements are sent to participating families advising them of the tuition credit they earned. Credit may be deducted from future tuition payments. TRIP operates on a weekly basis during the school year with the exception of school holidays, and typically it operates bi-weekly during the summer. See the events calendar below for our operating schedule. Orders must be deposited at any school office on Mondays by 8:30 am. The orders are processed and are available for pick-up on Thursday afternoons or can be sent home with your student. 

To get started, download and print the registration form and return it to the listed address.  Upon receipt, you will be issued an account number and will receive instructions and your first ordering envelope by mail.

T.R.I.P. Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I get started with TRIP?

    Complete and submit the registration form online, or you can pick it up and turn it in at your campus if you prefer. You can also mail it to the address shown at the top of the form. Upon receipt, a TRIP account number will be assigned and your first ordering envelope will be sent to you. As soon as you receive it, you can begin ordering!
  • How do I pay for my certificates/gift cards?

    Payment is by check only. Sorry, but we CANNOT ACCEPT CASH. Checks should be made out to TRIP. If you have friends or family ordering through you, their checks should also be made out to TRIP. There is no limit as to how many checks you submit with your order. Be sure to put your TRIP account number on all of the checks in your envelope.
  • When are orders due?

    During the school year, they are due at any campus by Monday 8:30 a.m. Late orders will not be accepted. Each office has a TRIP box to put orders in. For the summer, TRIP orders must be dropped off at CCHS by 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. For your convenience, orders may be dropped off at CCHS during "off" weeks. Office summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Orders may be dropped off at the Tinley Park campus on processing days only by 8:30 a.m.
  • When are orders distributed?

    Orders are available for pick up on Thursdays (Fridays if it is a holiday week) from 2:45-3:15 p.m. During the summer, pick up is at CCHS only on Thursdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m.   
  • How do I fill out my order envelope?

    Use full dollar amounts. For example, Pete’s Fresh Market certificates come in $20 denominations. To order $100 in certificates, simply write $100 on the blank line (do not write in the quantity of certificates, or 5.) Write in your order total on the TOTAL line. Enclose your check inside the envelope (be sure the check amount matches your order total!) Seal your envelope from end-to-end. (We don't want to risk any certificates/gift cards falling out!)
  • I lost my TRIP ordering envelope. What should I do?

    Extra envelopes are available in the office at each campus. You may have your child pick one up or stop in for one.
  • Can I submit more than one order per week?

    No. Our software will only except one entry per family per week. If you have already turned in your order but need to add to it, please get your order back, write in your additional items, cut the very top off of your envelope, and insert any additional checks.
  • When can I use my TRIP credit?

    Statements are sent out twice a year. Statement periods run from April through September and October through March. You will receive instructions on how to use your credit with your statement.
  • How do I use a voucher?

    If you are using a voucher merchant, you will need a TRIP three-part voucher form. You can pick on up at any campus or write on your ordering envelope that you need one. When it comes time to pay for your service with the voucher merchant, give him the voucher. They will keep the white and yellow copies and you keep the pink. They will send a check to me, along with the white copies of any vouchers they have collected, and I will then apply the credit to your TRIP account. It will appear on your next TRIP statement. More details are given in our "Policies & Procedures."

Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions below. You can also contact the TRIP team directly at TRIP@swchristian.org or call the TRIP office (located at the Tinley Park campus) at 708.429.5952.

Benefit Mobile - Online Gift Card Program

Click here to learn more about Benefit Mobile - an online option to the traditional physical gift card program to earn tuition credits.

TRIP Resources

Check out these resources for additional information regarding the TRIP program.  

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