Admissions

Tuition Assistance

To keep our school as affordable as possible, tuition is based on the yearly cost of educating a student. To help those who cannot pay full tuition, the SCS Board budgets an amount each year to be distributed to families with students in full-day Kindergarten through grade 12 (no aid is available for preschool students, half day kindergarten students, and international students). Requests for tuition assistance do not impact admissions decisions. Families currently receiving tuition assistance must reapply each year, and the level of assistance may change based on any changes in family income and availability of funds.

While we are committed to providing Christian education to all families who desire it, funding for tuition assistance leaves gaps in our budget. These gaps must be filled by our annual fundraising efforts and donations from current families, alumni, and supporters in our greater community.

How to Apply

Shoreline Christian School uses the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) to help assess a family's ability to pay school costs. Information on SSS and an application can be obtained at School & Student Services By NAIS. Our school code is 8053.

2016 W-2 Forms and 2016 Individual Federal Tax Form 1040 forms are needed to document your income. For business owners/part-owners - all 2016 Business federal returns and related schedules (Schedule C, Schedule E, Schedule F, Form 4562,Form 1065, Form 1120S, Schedule K-1, and Form 8825), are required as applicable. Materials will be uploaded online in PDF format at the end of the application.

Please upload the required additional documents to the NAIS website per their instructions by March 31, 2017. Your final award is dependent on receiving these required documents.

Please note that you may be charged a fee by SSS at the end of the application.

  • Current Families - Submit your Tuition Assistance Request form to the Business Office by March 1, 2017 and online SSS application with required documents on or before March 31, 2017.

  • New Applicant Families - Submit your Tuition Assistance Request form and online SSS application with required documents when you submit your child's application for admission.

  • A face to face meeting will be required of all families requesting a higher level of assistance.

Note: Applying for admission to Shoreline Christian School and applying for tuition assistance are two separate processes. Tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis and must be re-applied for each year (although current students are offered re-enrollment every year).

The deadline for applications is March 31. You will hear a response by May 1, 2017.

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the due date. Late or incomplete applications may not receive full consideration for a tuition assistance award. For families requesting a higher level of tuition assistance, a face to face meeting will be required to discuss the request. These meetings will take place the week of April 3, 2017.

Please call the Business Office at 206.364.7777 or email Barb Newbry for additional information.

Confidentiality Statement

Shoreline Christian School treats all financial information provided by families as strictly confidential. The identity of all students receiving tuition assistance is held in strict confidence. We ask families who receive financial aid to also treat this information in trust. Violation of this trust makes it more difficult for our school to offer tuition assistance on a case by case basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Shoreline Christian’s tuition assistance program is available for full-time students in Kindergarten through 12th grade only. Preschool, half-day kindergarteners and international students are not eligible to receive financial aid at this time. By law, international students are required to show proof of financial ability to live and study in the United States.

How do I know if our family will qualify for tuition assistance?

Although Shoreline Christian works to keep tuition at a reasonable level, most families adjust their spending priorities, maximize both parents' earnings, and carefully manage assets to afford tuition. Although we would like to provide guidelines to help parents decide whether to apply for assistance, we have found that each family's circumstance is unique.

How is tuition assistance determined?

Shoreline Christian’s tuition assistance program is administered following the guidelines of the School & Student Services (SSS) by National Association of Independent School's (NAIS). SSS is a national financial aid reviewing organization for independent schools. Tuition assistance is awarded based upon availability of Shoreline Christian funds. SCS does not receive federal money and relies on fundraising efforts to increase available dollars for tuition assistance. All tuition assistance awards are confidentially and discreetly administered by Shoreline Christian School’s tuition assistance committee.

We use the Parents' Financial Statement designed by the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS) to help us determine a family's contribution to educational expenses. Parents complete the online financial aid application by logging in to the Family Portal on the School & Student Services by NAIS website.

The tuition assistance committee at Shoreline Christian uses the standardized calculation derived by the SSS as an initial guide in allocating assistance. This system considers gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After an allowance for basic necessities and required taxes, the remaining funds are considered available for education on a sliding scale by SSS.

In addition to the SSS application and report, Shoreline Christian has a Request for Tuition Assistance form and meets with families one-on-one to discuss tuition assistance requests.

How do I apply for tuition assistance?

Complete the online financial aid application by logging in to the Family Portal on the School & Student Services by NAIS website. Our school code is 8053.

What forms are required?

In addition to the SSS online financial aid application:

  • 2016 W-2 Form(s)

  • 2016 Individual Federal Tax Form 1040 with all supporting schedules and forms and  

  • For business owners/part-owners - all 2016 Business federal returns and related schedules (Schedule C, Schedule E, Schedule F, Form 4562,Form 1065, Form 1120S, Schedule K-1, and Form 8825), as applicable  

  • Tuition Assistance Request Form

  • Additional information as requested

Materials may be uploaded online in PDF format at the end of your application, mailed to our financial aid office or submitted in person to Barb Newbry. Your final award is dependent on receiving these required documents.

What if our family is divorced, separated, or remarried – whose information do I need to include?

In the case of divorced or separated parents, we ask both parents to complete a financial statement to provide a realistic picture of all family resources. We are aware that circumstances differ widely among separated or divorced parents and urge you to contact the Business Office if there is difficulty in providing the requested information.

Will I receive the same tuition assistance next year?

No. Families must reapply for tuition assistance each year. The award for each year is determined independently of awards from prior years and may change due to family financial circumstances or Shoreline Christian’s available funding. Additionally, tuition assistance awards are contingent upon payment in full of the prior year’s account.