Should every new Portland Christian family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they may not be able to pay the upper end of the Variable Tuition range should submit an application.
Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.
If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes. A family who does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.
Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new students, application to Portland Christian School and application for Variable Tuition are separate processes conducted by different teams. New families may submit a variable tuition application after applying for admission. Please request variable tuition application information from the Admissions Director during your admissions process.
Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student’s chance of being admitted to the school?
No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process.
What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?
Families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to the upper end of the range to those who are able to afford the lower end. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.
Are some families awarded full tuition?
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you. No family will receive Variable Tuition that is less than our published range.
Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?
No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.
What if I determine that I am unable to pay the Variable Tuition amount I have been awarded?
If after being notified of your Variable Tuition amount you determine that the award is not sufficient for your student to attend PCS, you may withdraw your Application for Admission.
Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?
No. The Portland Christian School Board has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, we will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students.
Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?
Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:
Nicole Curtis, Admissions Director[email protected]