How is tuition calculated through the Accessible Tuition process?
Factors such as income, family circumstances, and the cost of living are first evaluated by a third party assessment service (FACTS Grant & Aid) and then by the DCS Accessible Tuition Review Committee. The entire process is highly confidential, and the final tuition cost is to be kept in strictest confidence.
What economic situations are considered?
Family circumstances range widely. Aid is awarded based on need. Factors such as sources of income, expenses, number of students in the family, and cost of living in our area are considered. While some families can afford only a minimal tuition, others can afford to pay full tuition.
Can I find out what tuition will be before applying as a student?
New families must make application to the school first, be interviewed, and be accepted prior to applying for the Accessible Tuition Program. FACTS Grant & Aid and the DCS Review Committee take significant time reviewing each application; therefore, it is necessary to know the family’s commitment to DCS through the application and interview process prior to reviewing the Accessible Tuition request.
Will an Accessible Tuition request hurt my opportunity to be accepted?
Determination of tuition levels is a separate function from our admissions process. Families should not hesitate to apply out of concern that it might impact their student’s acceptance into a DCS school; however, requests for assistance will not be reviewed until after a student’s acceptance.
Do any families pay nothing for tuition?
No, all families are asked to sacrificially invest in their student’s
What expenses are there other than tuition?
Even with accessible tuition, families will still be responsible to pay the $100 New Student Application Fee. Each student will incur other expenses such as lunch, extracurricular activities, school supplies, and dress code compliant clothing. Students at the high school will also be required to have an iPad.
Will the Accessible Tuition lead to larger class sizes?
No, DCS has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, DCS will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students with the understanding that wait lists may need to be established.
Are students currently enrolled at DCS eligible?
Yes, current families with full-time students in K-12 have the opportunity to apply for an adjusted tuition during the recommitment process in February and March. For returning students, the recommitment process must be completed before the Accessible Tuition application can be considered.
Should every returning DCS family submit an application?
No, only families who feel that they may not be able to pay full tuition should submit an Accessible Tuition Program application.
Are students in the Early Learning Center eligible?
Only full-time students enrolled in the DCS K-12 program are eligible to receive an adjusted tuition under the Accessible Tuition Program.
Do I apply for the Accessible Tuition Program each year?
Yes, the online application must be submitted every year, along with the appropriate tax returns and other documents, in order to be considered.
If I do not qualify for the program one school year, will I be able to apply in the future?
Yes. A family is welcome to apply or reapply every school year.
If I am currently receiving the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG), how does this work with the Accessible Tuition Program?
DCS will no longer provide TAG financial assistance. The Accessible Tuition Program will take the place of the TAG program; however, the Burris Scholarship and other awards will not be affected by this program.
Will multiple-student discounts continue to be offered?
No. Having multiple students at DCS is one of the key factors in
determining Accessible Tuition. One of the important questions asked on the confidential Accessible Tuition application relates to family size and the number of students enrolled at DCS.