Income Based Tuition

Income Based Tuition

 

Income Based Tuition - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Income Based Tuition (IBT)?
Income Based Tuition is an agreement between Lansing Christian School and selected, qualifying families to be offered a tuition rate that is more in-line with their household income. 

How does a family qualify for IBT?
Families with kindergarten students who qualify for Income Based Tuition must meet the financial parameters detailed in the household income chart. Families applying for income based tuition will also need to demonstrate a deep and sincere commitment to and participation in their local evangelical Christian church and desire to pursue K-8 Christian education at Lansing Christian School. Current LCS families are eligible to apply.
 
What should participation in our church look like for IBT?
For each family this might be different because each church is different. However, each family applying for IBT will have to provide three additional church references that can give testimony to the family’s deep connection with and participation in the church. These references can be leaders in the church, but they can also be fellow church members who know the family’s involvement the best.
 
Can current LCS families apply?
Yes, current LCS families may apply. However, current LCS families are must meet all the additional requirements of the program.
 
When and how should a family apply for the IBT?
In order to apply for the reduced tuition rate, families must first complete the normal admissions process.  Once the family has been approved for enrollment, they can begin the additional application components to apply for IBT.  This will include an additional $45 fee and submission of financial information for independent verification. It also includes providing three church references that can speak to a family’s commitment and participation.
 
How is a family’s household size determined?
Household size is the total number of people who reside in the student’s primary residence as well as those who are financially responsible for the child’s well-being. 
 
How do current multi-child discounts effect IBT?
If a student is approved for IBT, that child’s enrollment can not also be included when calculating a multi-child discount.  For example, if a family with 3 children qualifies for IBT, the reduced rate would be charged for the kindergarten student, and a 2-child tuition rate would be charged for the older two siblings.  Families are advised to consider if it would be more financially advantageous to take advantage of the multi-child discounts or the IBT program.
 
If successful, how will the second child’s tuition be calculated?
The second child under IBT will be double that of the one-child IBT rate. So the two-child rate would be $10,060.
Will IBT increase class sizes or lower enrollment standards?
No.  Classes sizes will continue to be capped at a low student-to-teacher ratio (approximately 18 students/class) and all application and enrollment requirements including agreement with statements of faith and parental agreements as well as participation in a local evangelical Christian church will remain in place.
 
Does IBT eliminate or replace the Student Help Fund?
No, the student help fund will remain in place to help families who require temporary short-term assistance to meet their tuition obligation. 
Does a family need to apply for IBT each school year?
Yes, each year families will need to complete a new FAST application in order to verify qualification for the program. The family will also have to meet the Parent Participation Plan requirements to be eligible for Income Based Tuition the following year. Continued active participation in church and a good parent/school partnership is also expected. 
 
How is IBT tuition similar to and different from the Indiana Choice Voucher Program?
IBT is similar to the voucher system in the household size and income qualification guidelines and also in reducing the overall cost of tuition for families.
 IBT is different than the voucher system in four main ways:
 1. The decreased tuition rate is not supplemented by money from the state.
 2. There is not a one year waiting period for entry into the IBT program like there is for the Indiana Voucher Program.
 3. There are no residency requirements. Families living in both Illinois and Indiana are eligible.
4.Lansing Christian has an integrated church participation and involvement requirement which determines eligibility just as much as household income. 
 
Why is LCS piloting IBT for the next two years?
The Board of Lansing Christian School realizes that we can operate at a greater efficiency with full classes. There is not much cost involved in providing a few extra books, desks, or supplies for a few additional students when compared to the costs of another teacher or another classroom. So offering a reduced tuition rate for qualified families means that our revenue would increase quite a bit with only small increases to our cost.
We also realize that our location on the Illinois/Indiana border creates a situation where we are at a competitive disadvantage for families who qualify for the Indiana voucher. IBT allows Lansing Christian’s tuition to be competitive with other area schools allowing families to compare schools beyond the cost of tuition. 
 
What happens if the pilot doesn’t continue after two years?
If this pilot program is discontinued, Lansing Christian will continue to be honor the commitment it has made to those students who have been approved for the program through their 8th grade year. It will not apply to younger siblings of those students in the program.

Does this program make financial sense for the school?
Yes. Our classes are not currently full and we have empty seats. We are operating under our full capacity. Filling empty seats means more revenue for the school. More revenue for the school will allow us to soften future tuition increases.
We have limited this program to kindergarten for 2019-20 so that our risks are also limited. Enrollment for kindergarten is going well putting us close to our maximum of 18 students, but this program should push us to that maximum.