At Westside Christian High School, we know that tuition shouldn’t be “one-size-fits all.” Instead, with Variable Tuition, it’s a range. A range that spans from 40-90% of the full cost of education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. No family at Westside pays the full cost of education.

What is Variable Tuition?

Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a Westside education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.

How Does Variable Tuition Work?

Any family (current or new) may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at Westside Christian High School and they think they may qualify for the program. Many factors are considered when determining the tuition amount a family is able to pay, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Westside.

An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the re-enrollment or admission process as early as possible. Families may apply for Variable Tuition only after they have applied for re-enrollment or admission to the school.

It is not possible for a family or the school to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to SSS, a third-party financial review agency. SSS evaluates the application based on criteria set by the school and makes a recommendation to the school’s Variable Tuition team. Families are notified of the tuition level for which they qualify from the school’s financial office. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide Variable Tuition to every deserving student. We work within the available resources to make the school accessible to as many students and families as possible.

Do I need to apply to Westside Christian High School to receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Yes.

What is the cost to apply for Variable Tuition?

The cost to apply for Variable Tuition is $41, paid directly to SSS.

Should every new Westside  family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the exit range of the Variable Tuition 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 that 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, applying to Westside Christian High School and applying for Variable Tuition are two separate processes. However, new families may complete both application processes simultaneously.

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?

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to the exit range of Variable Tuition, to those who are at the entry level of the range. 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. A student may be admitted to the school but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. It is recommended that families apply for Variable Tuition as early as possible.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

Brett Meyers, Director of Marketing & Admissions
brett.meyers@wchsonline.org
503.697.4711 ext 1249

Cassandra Jenks, Director of Accounting
jenks@wchsonline.org
503.697.4711 ext 1240

Should every returning Westside  family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only families who feel that they may not able to pay the exit range of the Variable Tuition 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 that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.

I’m currently receiving financial aid. How does this work for Variable Tuition

Westside no longer provides financial aid. Variable Tuition will take the place of financial aid.

What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?

A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances qualify for the program, from those who are able to pay close to exit range of Variable Tuition to those who are at the entry level of the range. 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.

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to:

Brett Meyers, Director of Marketing & Admissions
brett.meyers@wchsonline.org
503.697.4711 ext 1249

Cassandra Jenks, Director of Accounting
jenks@wchsonline.org
503.697.4711 ext 1240

Variable Tuition Checklist

Step 1: Complete the online Parent’s Financial Statement (PFS)
Westside Christian High School uses School and Student Services (SSS) to handle a major portion of the computation in our Variable Tuition process. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). SSS does charge a fee (approximately $41) for their computation and evaluation.
Based on the information you provide, SSS calculates an estimated amount that your family can contribute to educational expenses.
Follow these easy steps:

  • Go to http://sss.nais.org and click on the prompt to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement. You will create a user name and password which will allow you to complete the PFS over more than one session. This allows you time to gather the required information and ensure its accuracy. Only one PFS is needed per family regardless of the number of children applying. All material submitted to SSS will be secure.
  • Financial aid applications must be submitted no later than January 31 for the following school year. Be sure to indicate that Westside Christian High School (SSS code 3953) should receive a copy of the results.

Step 3: Upload application documentation to NAIS.org
By January 31 please upload the following:

  • Federal tax return including attachments
  • W-2 forms
  • Letter of explanation concerning current family circumstances

Questions?
Questions regarding the Parent’s Financial Statement process form are best answered by SSS customer service representatives who can be reached at 1.800.344.8328. Questions for Westside should be directed to Cassandra Jenks at 503.697.4711 X1240 or cassandra.jenks@wchsonline.org

Please note that it is the family’s responsibility to make sure that the file is complete. You may verify this by going to the parent portal at http://sss.nais.org.