Each year, the Board of Directors approves a portion of our Operating Budget to assist qualifying families that may need assistance paying tuition. We have selected Smart Aid, a financial aid assessment company, to conduct fair and confidential assessment of each family to determine the amount of financial need. Tuition assistance can be applied for by students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. Assistance awards range from 10% up to 30% of the Smart Aid calculated need. Applications for assistance MUST be submitted online each year through Smart Aid.
Financial Aid Assessment:
  • Tuition assistance is available on the basis of demonstrated need. We understand that from year to year, it is difficult to see how the tuition will affect any household budget. Our desire is to assist families that have no other resource for paying tuition. We process many applications for families that need only to make minor adjustments to their budgets or make small sacrifices in order to afford a private school education. Therefore, we give assistance to qualifying families that have little to no wiggle room in their household budget.
  • If you believe that your resources are not sufficient to meet the total costs of a Northlake Christian School education, you are encouraged to apply. Smart Aid provides a framework through which household need can be measured fairly and equitably. Recommendations from Smart Aid are used by the Northlake Christian School award committee in accordance with its policies to determine the award amount. NCS does not award tuition assistance on a first come first serve basis. All applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee, and assistance will be given based on financial need.
  • To be considered for financial aid, your family must to be current on all financial obligations with the school including extra curricula activities.
  • The financial aid process and its recipients is confidential. The school will respect your privacy; we will not share any information pertaining to your application and/or award with other families. Respectfully, we ask that applicants and recipients not share this information with other families.
  • Financial Aid awards do not cover the cost of tuition. Assistance is awarded up to 30% of tuition for students entering grades K-4 and up to 25% of tuition for students entering grades 5-12.
  • The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of all parents before making a financial aid decision and cannot be bound by the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses. All parents – custodial and noncustodial, natural and stepparents – must complete and submit an application and all required paperwork.
  • The Financial Aid Committee will impute wages for non-working parents when all children in the household are Preschool to School age. The total amount imputed will be calculated as $10.00/hour multiplied by full time work of 2,080 hours for the year. That amount for 2017-2018 applicants $20,800.00
  • Regretfully, we are unable to consider applicants who have filed for an extension with the IRS. We must have the prior year’s tax information to determine your financial need. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Mutsa Tavengwa.
Application Process – NEW STUDENTS:
To apply for Financial Aid with Northlake Christian School, you need have completed the application process and have been accepted into the school.
Complete the attached Household Budget. This is to help your family determine your scope of need
  • Complete the attached Financial Circumstances letter addressed to the Financial Aid Committee with more information on your family and financial standing which warrants a need for Financial Aid.
  • Submit two years of Tax Returns (Current and Prior Year).
  • Business Owners please be prepared to submit your company Profit and Loss Statements for two prior years and year to date.
New Student Application Deadline:
Jan - Dec (awards based on acceptance and budget availability)
Application Process – PREVIOUS FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS & RETURNING STUDENTS NEW TO FINANCIAL AID:

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you must be enrolled for the academic year in which you are requesting financial aid.
  • If Smart Aid determines your family to have “NO NEED” for assistance and you feel that you “DO” have a need, be prepared to complete a Financial Circumstances Letter and a Current Household Budget.
RETURNING STUDENTS NEW TO FINANCIAL AID
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you need to have completed and paid for enrollment for the year in which you are applying.
  • Complete the attached Household Budget. This is to help your family determine your scope of need.
  • Complete the attached Financial Circumstances letter addressed to the Financial Aid Committee with more information on your family and financial standing which warrants a need for Financial Aid.
  • Submit two years of Tax Returns (Current and Prior Year).
  • Business Owners, be prepared to submit your company’s Profit and Loss Statements for two prior years and year to date.
When to Apply:
Returning Students & New Financial Aid Students: January 16, 2017 – April 30, 2017
*Please note that you will not be able to submit an application after April 30, 2017
Notification of Financial Aid:
Once your application is processed, Smart Aid will forward a financial aid recommendation to Northlake Christian School. All final financial decisions, including notification of award amount (if any), will be made by Northlake Christian School’s Financial Aid Committee.
Any aid approved will be applied to your Smart Tuition account, and the tuition balance will be reduced accordingly. You will receive an award email from the Financial Aid Office regarding the status of your application and balance adjustment amount beginning February 15, 2017.
How to Apply:
NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ID: 12922
  • If you are a returning family with a Smart Aid for Parents’ account, please log into your account and complete your application
  • New families, please create a new account
Eligible Grades:
  • K – 12th
  • FC – ULP
Smart Aid Application Fee: $35.00
Required Supporting Documentation (Submitted to Smart Aid)
NOTE: Applications submitted without documentation will not be processed. Northlake Christian School only reviews applications that are fully verified by Smart Aid.
Non Business
  • Two [2] most recent paystubs
  • 2016 W2 forms for all jobs
  • 2016 Filed Tax Return – 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with schedules
Businesses
  • 2016 Filed Business Tax Return – 1120, 1120S, 1065 (if applicable)
  • Two years prior & year to date Profit and Loss Statements for each business
All Applicants
Submit any supplemental income documentation (where applicable): Child Support, Social Security Income, Welfare, Food Stamps, 1099-M Forms, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Housing Allowance
  • Household Budget
  • Financial Circumstances Letter
  • If you are unable to provide any of the aforementioned documents, please submit a Special Circumstances Letter indicating which document (s) you are unable to provide and the reason you are unable.
Selecting a Grade K-12:
New students/families - select NEW and the child's 17-18 grade
  • Returning Students/families - select RET and the child's 17-18 grade
Income/Expenses:
If your property taxes & or home insurance is included in your mortgage payment, please enter one amount for your mortgage and $0 for taxes and home insurance.
  • If you pay your property taxes & or home insurance separately please enter actual amounts respectively
  • Utility expenses are annually and not monthly
Custom Questions/Special Circumstances:
  • Complete all questions using N/A where an answer does not apply
Family and Student Codes:
The Financial Aid office uses different codes to group applications that are pending or awarded. Please select a code during the application process. If you do not know what code you fall under, you can leave the box unselected.
Family and Student Codes:
The Financial Aid office uses different codes to group applications that are pending or awarded. Please select a code during the application process. If you do not know what code you fall under, you can leave the box unselected.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the financial aid process take?

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How much aid will my family qualify for?
Each family has different circumstances. A great way to ensure that the Financial Aid Committee understands your need for assistance will be to complete a Household Budget as well as a Financial Circumstances Letter explaining your situation.
Will my award cover all costs?
No. Assisting families who have a financial need is the heart of Northlake Christian School. For our budget to go a long way, we only assist with tuition costs. This assistance can range from 10%-30% of tuition.
How can co-parents and divorced parents apply?
The Financial Aid Committee will consider the assets of all parents before making a financial aid decision. Financial need is determined by a family’s ability to meet educational expenses, not by a willingness to pay or disclaimed responsibility. Each parental household – custodial and noncustodial, natural and stepparents must complete and submit required paperwork. If you receive child support, a court document will be required before any assistance is awarded.
*We will take into consideration individual financial arrangements as well as court mandated obligations of the parent and stepparent to their other children as we process financial information.
Do we have to pay the aid back?
No. Financial Aid is a grant and does not need to be paid back to the school. If you withdraw your child after you’ve paid in full, you will not be able to receive a credit or refund of months paid.
I am a stay at home parent. Is this held against me?
The Financial Aid Committee will impute wages at the rate of $10.00/hour multiplied by 2,080 hours of annual work for a non-working parent when all children in the household are of preschool age.
I receive ACE/ARETE Scholarship. Can I still apply for Tuition Assistance with Northlake?
Yes; you may apply. You will receive assistance up to your calculated need. We will not award assistance over and above ACE or ARETE that will total more than your need.
Do financial aid awards stay the same every year?
Financial aid is awarded on a yearly basis and renewal is not automatic. Subsequent aid will be based on the submission of a current financial aid application.
Who will see my application?
The Financial Aid Committee is a small group of school administrators. The Financial Aid Committee respects your privacy. Your financial aid application and award are administered with the strictest confidentiality. We expect families receiving aid to do the same and not discuss their aid with other parents or teachers. Failure to honor this could result in withdrawal of the award and jeopardize your eligibility for a future award.
 
Still have questions?
Please Contact:
Mrs. Mutsa Tavengwa, Director of Financial Aid
mtavengwa@northlakechristian.org
985.635.0502
SMART AID CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone Support: 800.360.8027
Email Support: support@smartaidforparents.com