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Tuition Information

Tuition for the 2019- 2020 school year is $10,130.00 per student.

Tuition Vouchers for Illinois Residents

It is a program completely unique to Illiana!  We provide tuition vouchers to Illinois families using the same criteria as the Indiana vouchers.  Here is an example:

If you have a household of four people and a total household income of less than $71,500, you qualify for a voucher of $3,080.  If your four-person household income is less than $47,600, you would receive a $5,600 voucher. The tuition at Illiana is $10,130, so with a full voucher of $5,600, your tuition would be only $4,530!

This is just an example, the voucher amounts vary depending on household size and household income, but this example illustrates that this program is not just for minimum wage families.  If you were the only wage earner in your household of four, you could make $35/hour and still qualify for a voucher! 

The chart below shows the relationship between household size (on the left) and various limits of the total household income.  If there is a household of two (just a parent and a child) and the annual income is $30,000, that household qualifies for a full voucher.  In 2019/20 a full Illinois voucher was $5,600. If there is a household of six (mom, dad, 3 children and a grandmother) and the combined income of grandma, both parents, and all the children is $90,000, then that family would be awarded a ½ voucher, which in 19-20 was $3,080.  However, if two of those three kids were students at Illiana, then the family would receive two “half” vouchers totaling $6,160.

This chart comes from the Indiana voucher program.  We use this chart at Illiana to determine if you qualify for an Illinois voucher. The chart varies from year to year.   Each year the amount of the Illinois “full voucher” varies, but the illustrations above shows that the voucher can be substantial. 

The first step in qualifying for an Illinois voucher at Illiana is, of course, being clear that the student lives in Illinois.  This Illinois program is for Illinois residents only. Indiana residents have a completely different voucher program available to them.

The second step is to use the information here to estimate whether you qualify for an Illinois voucher.  Consider the income of your entire household and your household size. If you are not sure about some variable, please feel free to contact the school at (219) 558-7066.  Remember, this program does not exist at any other school, so the only place to get answers is from Illiana Christian High School directly.

The third step is to go ahead and apply/enroll.  You have to be enrolled in order to be considered for a voucher award.

A couple more details: This is an “entitlement” scholarship, not a “need-based” scholarship.  That means that you simply have to meet the criteria on the chart; you do not have to demonstrate that you can’t afford to pay or that you don’t have any savings.  If you meet the criteria, you are entitled to the award.

You will have to prove your household income and size with some documentation such as tax returns, W-2s, etc.  Also, the program does allow for dramatic changes in household size or income. If your latest tax return shows high income, but you have just lost your job and now have no income, that can be taken into consideration.

The Illinois program does not require any “pathways”.  Pathways are only required for Indiana vouchers. In indiana you have to have received a voucher previously, or gone to a public school, or received a scholarship from an “SGO”.  But those pathways are not required for the Illinois voucher so if you qualify, you can receive it in your very first year at Illiana!

Finally, the column on the far right of the chart above shows what your maximum household income would be in order to continue to qualify for a voucher that you received in your first year.  This is to allow your income to increase without having to give up your voucher in the second and subsequent years.

Click here for the Illinois Tuition Voucher

Tuition Vouchers for Indiana Residents

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program is a government-administered and government-funded program that provides tuition relief for families living in Indiana to attend accredited private schools in Indiana.  This is just an introduction to the program. For complete details, please visit www.doe.in.gov/choice.

To qualify for an Indiana voucher or scholarship (It is technically not a “scholarship” because it does not depend on a student’s academic performance or scholarship in order to qualify.) a household must fall under certain income limits that vary by household size.

For example, if you have a household of four people and a total household income of less than $71,500, you qualify for a “50% voucher”.  The actual dollar amount of a 50% voucher will vary depending on the rating of area schools. Using the example above, a family in Dyer would receive $2,816, but a family in Gary would receive $3,771. While these amounts can vary widely, the benefit is still substantial for all. If your four-person household income is less than $47,600, you would qualify for  a “90% voucher”. If you are from Dyer that would be $5,069. If you are from Gary, that would be $6,788. That voucher would be applied against the annual tuition, leaving a relatively low monthly payment of $294.82.

These are just examples; the voucher amounts vary depending on household size, household income, and what school district you live in. However, thse examples illustrate that this program is not just for minimum wage families.  If you were the only wage earner in your household of four, you could make $35/hour and still qualify for a voucher! 

The chart below shows the relationship between household size (on the left) and various limits of the total household income.  If there is a household of two (just a parent and a child) and the annual income is $30,000, that household qualifies for a “90% voucher”.  Please understand that a 90% voucher does NOT cover 90% of the tuition. The state annually sets voucher amounts for various school districts depending on their academic rating.  The vouchers, then, are 90, 70, or 50 percent of that amount.

In 2019/20 a full Indiana voucher for Dyer was $5,069.74. If there is a Dyer household of six (mom, dad, 3 children and a grandmother) and the combined income of grandma, both parents, and all the children is $90,000, then that family would be awarded a 50% voucher, which in 19-20 was $2,816.  However, if two of those three kids were students at Illiana, then the family would receive two 50% vouchers totaling $5,633.

This chart comes from the Indiana Choice Scholarship program. The chart varies from year to year.   Each year the amount of the Indiana “full voucher” varies, but the illustrations above show that the voucher can be substantial. 

An additional requirement for the Indiana voucher is the pathway.  In order to receive an Indiana Choice Scholarship a family must not only meet the income/household thresholds but also must have a pathway to that qualification.  One pathway is a transfer from an Indiana public school. Another is receiving an Indiana voucher at a previous school. A third is having an approved and established Individualized Education Plan.  If none of these pathways is applicable, then a qualifying family will be awarded a $500 voucher for the first year to serve as their pathway to a regular voucher the following year.

The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program is complicated, but it can provide very substantial assistance to families in paying the cost of tuition at Illiana Christian High School.  If you think you might qualify for an Indiana Choice Scholarship, please feel free to contact the school with questions at (219) 558-7066. To actually apply for and receive the voucher you have to be enrolled at the school, but you can get pretty close to knowing if you qualify before you make that commitment.

A couple more details: This is an “entitlement” scholarship, not a “need-based” scholarship.  That means that you simply have to meet the criteria on the chart; you do not have to demonstrate that you can’t afford to pay or that you don’t have any savings.  If you meet the criteria, you are entitled to the award.

You will have to prove your household income and size with some documentation such as tax returns, W-2s, etc.  Also, the program does allow for dramatic changes in household size or income. If your latest tax return shows high income, but you have just lost your job and now have no income, that can be taken into consideration.

Finally, the column on the far right of the chart above shows what your maximum household income would be in order to continue to qualify for a voucher that you received in your first year.  This is to allow your income to increase without having to give up your voucher in the second and subsequent years.

All the amounts here are based on the 2019-2020 school year. The examples and explanations here are also regarding the 2019-20 school year and are for illustration purposes only.  The program is subject to annual changes and awards may vary.   

Click here for the Indiana Choice Scholarship Voucher

Tuition Payment Policy

  1. $125.00 per student is required at the time of registration. $100.00 of this fee is later applied to your tuition. It is non-refundable.
  2. The first tuition payment is due by August 15 and will be 1/11th of the remaining tuition for the school year. Payments will be August 15 through June 15. Families from Reformed churches that support the school receive a “Gratitude Grant” which will be applied to the last month’s tuition in June.
  3. Eleven (11) monthly payments must be made on the balance by the 15th of every month (unless tuition is pre-paid). At no point may an account be 2 months or more in arrears.
  4. Prior to the beginning of 2nd semester (January 15), all tuition accounts must be CURRENT–this means that the 6 monthly payments of August through January have been paid.
  5. All tuition must be paid before the final report card, credits, or diploma will be issued.
  6. A senior may not participate in graduation if the tuition is not paid through May 15. The June payment may remain. Final transcripts will not be sent to colleges until the balance is paid in full.
  7.  If parents do not comply with the above schedule and deadlines, the student(s) may be suspended from class attendance.
  8. If an alternative payment schedule or any other exception to this policy is needed, it is the family’s responsibility to contact the school office in order to set up a meeting with representatives of the Finance Committee.
  9. Students transferring in or out during a semester will be assessed a $100 transfer fee.
  10. Students transferring in or out during a semester will be assessed tuition by the week based on a 36-week school year for any part of a school week attended.
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