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FAQ - Variable Tuition

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What is Variable Tuition?

Variable Tuition is a needs-based reduced tuition program.  This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition based on their families' unique financial situations.  This makes Arches Academy affordable to many students who could not otherwise join our school.  These sharp students contribute to our school community enhancing the experience for all.

How does Variable Tuition work?

Families may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate and if they think they may qualify for the program.  Many things are evaluated when determining the tuition rate a family is able to pay, including income, assets, investments, expenses, etc. The resources available to a family in a given year are also taken into account.

Unfortunately Arches Academy is not able to provide Variable Tuition to all students that deserve it. We work within the school's available resources to make it as accessible to as many families as possible.

Should every family submit an application for Variable Tuition?

No. Only those families that feel unable to pay full tuition should submit an application.

Are some families awarded $0 tuition?

No. Everyone is required to make a financial investment to their child's education.  Every family will contribute to their child’s education costs.

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application is needed each year.

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger classes?

No. Arches Academy has already established the maximum class size. Within those limited sizes, Arches may accept qualified students that add to the culture of learning at Arches Academy based on merit and seat availability.

Do I need to apply to Arches before applying for Variable Tuition?

Yes, Arches needs to accept your student before you start the Variable Tuition application. Please talk to Arches staff with questions.






Arches has Academy has partnered with School and Student Services by NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) to evaluate the application and to make a determination of need.

The process is all completed confidentially online and SSS makes a recommendation to Arches Academy.

SSS will need a variety of documentation such as:

  • Your most recent federal tax return

  • Current W-2 forms

  • Documentation of any child support and/or social security income

  • Other documentation as requested by SSS during the application process

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