Invest in More than an Education
Valley Christian offers outstanding academic and extra-curricular programs for students, retains an exceptional faculty and staff, and manages three beautiful campus locations with excellent facilities. We balance this with our desire to make a Valley Christian education as affordable as possible and accessible to any family who desires to be a part of our community, while also not compromising our opportunities and programs. We strongly believe that no family should feel like they’re sacrificing any aspect of their child’s education in order to attend a Christian school. Tuition and fees are an investment – one that pays off in achievement, preparation, spiritual formation, lifelong community, and impact across the world.
Through School Tuition Organizations (STOs) in Arizona, families are able to greatly reduce – or even eliminate – their out-of-pocket costs to attend Valley Christian.
We offer a number of options for financial aid. Scholarships and grants are awarded as financial resources allow. Download our Tuition Assistance Guide to learn more about the many ways to reduce your out-of-pocket investment to attend Valley Christian.
We are committed to helping our families afford Christian education. If you have any questions about financial aid and/or concerns about affording a Valley Christian education, please contact our Admissions offices for more information.
Students Receiving Financial Aid
Students Fully Funded with Scholarships
Average Out of Pocket Tuition Cost in 2020-21
|2021-22 TUITION (TOTAL COST OF EDUCATION)|
With No Financial Aid
Tuition includes everything needed to provide a quality education for our students. It includes textbooks, iPads and technology, labs and field trips, class-specific required apparel, and elementary school supplies. Our goal is to make our tuition as close to equaling our families’ total out-of-pocket cost of education.
Tuition for High School seniors includes costs associated with graduation (cap and gown, announcements, etc.) and senior trip.
In most cases, VCS does not charge fees for athletics, fine arts, technology, parking, or transportation.
There may be additional fees for a limited number of optional student activities or events due to the nature, cost, or participation levels. Specific examples include ENGAGE trips, Football, and Chorale. Any additional fees will be disclosed in advance and will be charged to the students’ account accordingly. We seek to limit charges for these optional events as much as possible.
Additional Fees & Optional Programs
Application Fee – $225
One-time, non-refundable fee paid at time of initial application to VCS. There is a cap of $500 per family in initial application fees if enrolling multiple students.
Enrollment Fee – $200
This is due when submitting your application for enrollment and holds a spot for the student at VCS. It is non-refundable unless the student moves more than 30 miles away from VCS prior to the first day of school.
Re-Enrollment Fee – $200
This is due when submitting your application for re-enrollment and holds a spot for the student at VCS. It is non-refundable unless the student moves more than 30 miles away from VCS prior to the first day of school.
Special Education (V.I.N.E.) Support & Tuition
High School Support
- Up to 3 V.I.N.E. classes – $4,500 additional tuition
- Each additional V.I.N.E. class – $1,000 additional tuition
- Accommodation Plans: $525 for students not already enrolled in V.I.N.E.
- Includes VINE content classes, where available, and access to VINE teachers including our interventionist – $3,000 additional tuition
Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) are developed for each student enrolled in the V.I.N.E. Program, based on their unique individual needs, in order to provide the support that will help them become confident, competent, and successful learners. The above-listed program tuition is in addition to the school’s base tuition. VCS partners with several third-party vendors to allow special tutoring for things like dyslexia and speech on our campuses. The rates for these services will vary depending on what is being offered.
Five Primary Scholarship Opportunities
#1: Individual Tax Credit Program
- There are many individual STOs. Valley Christian’s preferred STO is ACSTO.
- Once you apply with ACSTO, you immediately qualify for STO funds. That said, a majority of funds that get disbursed to families are funds that come with a “recommendation” to your student(s). It does take some work in asking friends and family to participate – but it is well worth the effort!
- The shortest and clearest way to present this program for the first time to friends and family is:
- Arizona allows you to take the money you’d normally pay in state taxes to Arizona and instead give it to my student’s private school tuition! You simply make a donation through ACSTO and recommend him/her, and you get a dollar-for-dollar credit back from the state, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything besides cash up front.
- Our highest recommendation is to make a donation yourself (of any amount) to another student, so you know exactly how it works.
- 85% of our families participate in some sort of financial aid at VCS, most through this program. 11% of our students are fully funded through this program alone.
- You can read even more about this program on ACSTO’s FAQ page.
#2: Corporate Tax Credit Program
- A student is eligible to receive corporate scholarship funds if they meet two criteria (must meet one of the criteria under #1 and meet #2):
- Either a “switcher” (coming from a public or charter school the previous school year), a Kindergartener, a dependent of a military member, or have previously received an Overflow or Corporate scholarship.
- Family must have a low-to-modest income (for 21-22, that is $75,158 for a family of 3, $90,696 AGI for a family of 4, $106,234 for a family of 5, $121,773 for a family of 6, etc… this is listed here).
- We typically recommend that families apply through many corporate STOs if they meet the criteria above, as they each do their best to raise as much money through this program as possible. This may include corporate STOs like School Choice Arizona, Arizona Leadership Foundation, Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund, Arizona School Choice Trust, Arizona Tax Credit, Institute for Better Education (IBE), and TOPS for Kids.
- Note that each Corporate STO has their own deadline and application requirements, so we’d recommend researching each and keeping an eye on their requirements.
- You can read even more about this program on School Choice Arizona’s website.
#3: Internal Financial Aid
- This is financial aid provided by VCS out of our operating budget, dispersed based on financial need through FACTS Grants & Aid Assessment.
- These awards can certainly be helpful, but are limited based on the school’s operating budget. We typically recommend applying for this if there is a significant financial need; just note that the first two opportunities – Individual and Corporate STOs – have a much higher “ceiling” in terms of overall disbursements.
- The funds for this program are evaluated and determined in the spring and awarded in the summer for the following school year. For example, the next cycle of disbursements will be determined in the spring of 2021 and disbursed in the summer of 2021 for 21-22 tuition. These funds get applied as a “discount” spread out over the course of the year.
#4: Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA)
- Students who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) through the State of Arizona:
- Preschool or K-12 student with a disability, student with a parent who is active duty military or was killed in the line of duty, student with a parent who is legally blind, deaf, or hard of hearing, student resides within a Native American reservation, student is a sibling of a current or previous recipient or was a previous recipient, student was a Ward of Court.
- Families who accept ESA dollars from the state are not eligible to receive STO scholarships (#1 and #2 listed here) during the same period.
- This program is run completely and exclusively through the State of Arizona; VCS is not able to advise beyond anything listed on the Arizona Department of Education’s webpage.
#5: Courtesy and Competitive VCS Scholarships
- Valley Christian Schools offers a number of internal courtesy and competitive scholarships
- As of 20-21, courtesy scholarships (limit one per student) include:
- Pastors, VCS alumni, sibling/multi-child, Christian educator
- As of 20-21, competitive scholarships include:
- Justin Lett Memorial Scholarship, Belinda Miller Memorial Scholarship, Al Nelson STEM Scholarship
- Read below for more information on each
Courtesy Discounts & Scholarships
Eligible Pastors of local churches can apply to receive a discount equal to 25% of their tuition (terms apply). In some cases, eligible Pastors may qualify for up to a 50% discount (terms apply). Full terms.
A scholarship equal to 10% of tuition will be provided for any student of a high school alumnus. Full terms.
Enrolled siblings will receive a scholarship equal to 10% of their tuition (up to $3,500 per year per family). The first enrolled student is considered to be the student enrolled at the highest grade-level.
A scholarship equal to 10% of tuition (up to $3,500 per year per family) will be provided to any student of an educator or administrator currently working full-time in a Christian school that has a reciprocal educator agreement with VCS.
*Only one courtesy scholarship or discount per student will apply.
The Bailey (Voss) Dykstra Scholarship
This is a $1,000 need-based scholarship provided to one high school student annually. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.
Justin Lett Memorial Scholarship
This is a $1,000 merit-based scholarship provided to one high school student annually. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.
Belinda Miller Memorial Scholarship
This is a $1,500 need-based scholarship provided to one K-12 student annually. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.
Al Nelson STEM Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship is given annually to a deserving senior who is pursuing a math or STEM career or emphasis, who embodies Al’s passion for well-roundedness and participation in extracurricular activities, and who honors God in and out of the classroom. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.
Still concerned about affording a Valley Christian education?
We’re serious about our goal of helping every family that wants a Valley Christian education to receive one. Our Admissions Managers regularly meet with prospective families for a 1 on 1 (or 1 on 2, 1 on 3, etc) “VCS Scholarship Consultation,” a 50-minute, personalized consultation to help you understand how your family can cover tuition through scholarship opportunities.
Request a scholarship consultation today. Consultations can be done in person on one of VCS’ campuses or via an online meeting (ie. Zoom).