TUITION and AFFORDABILITY

AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

Rockford Lutheran believes every family desiring a Christian education should have that chance, so our goal is to make becoming a Crusader affordable. Almost half of our students benefit from over $1.2 million offered in tuition assistance each year.
 
The Annual Tuition and General Fees for the 2023-24 school year are:
  Preschool
(PK3-PK4)
Elementary
(K-5)
Jr. High School
(6-8)
High School
(9-12)
Enrollment Fee (Standard Rate, Fee may vary with deadlines and a Tuition Deposit may apply)      $      75        $    100         $    100         $    100
Tuition Rate (annual)      $ 7,100        $ 7,350         $ 8,250         $ 8,500
Books & Materials Fee      $     200        $    250         $    325         $    325
General Enrichment Fee      $      75        $    140         $    140         $    140
TOTAL ENROLLMENT, TUITION AND REGISTRATION FEES      $ 7,375        $ 7,740         $ 8,715         $ 8,965

 

Half-day and Three-day options are available for preschool grades and a half-day option is available for Kindergarten. Options for individual K-12 subjects/courses are available as well. Contact the Admissions office for rates and details.

Financial Assistance and Awards

Merit-based Scholarships, Interest Area Awards (only available for Early Admissions students in grades 6-12), and Grants for association congregation members, Lutheran school transfers and for dependents of Alumni are packaged with need-based awards, making for an achievable and affordable financial investment. Scholarships and grant awards are renewable within each school division (Elementary, Jr. High School, and High School) if renewal criteria are met. Click here for more details.

Demonstrated Financial Need is established through a family application submitted through the FACTS Grant & Aid system (see more information and links below). Rockford Lutheran School considers this financial need along with other factors and will strive to help make access to a Rockford Lutheran School education a reality for your family, but due to budget constraints and the availability of funds we can’t guarantee that we can meet the full need of any family. Need-based financial assistance only considers the applicable tuition and not any other general or specific fees, which must be paid in full by all families.

Tuition is due by the semester but a discount is available for paying the full year in one payment and quarterly or monthly billing plans are available for a small fee. Student Billing accounts are set up and managed through the FACTS Tuition Management system.

 
Families with more than one child may fear that their total tuition will be too much of a burden. We understand this at Rockford Lutheran and we want to be the educational partner for the entire family. Our awarding philosophy factors in all of the tuition costs in the family so that each child’s need is uniquely calculated to make attending Rockford Lutheran a real possibility for siblings.

Over $1.8 million financial assistance budget.

Any awarded funds are not a loan and are not paid back.

61% of students receive some form of financial award

PAYMENT PLANS

Rockford Lutheran School partners with FACTS for evaluating demonstrated financial need (used for need-based aid awards) and for student billing. Families are able to manage payments and view detailed invoices online and pay online, over the phone 24-hours a day, or via check. The FACTS Tuition system accepts bank draft payments, major credit cards (2.95% fee), or cash (via Western Union, fees apply).

For questions regarding tuition or the FACTS Tuition system please contact :

Andrea Davis, Student Billing Coordinator,
at adavis@rockfordlutheran.org
or 815-877– 9551×137

 

You will designate a payment option when you enroll your child(ren) and the following options are offered:

SEMESTER PAYMENTS: Full payment of the tuition and fees for one semester can be made through FACTS up to the deadline without any additional charge. The system will automatically set up a payment date for the Spring semester as well.

EQUAL MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY PAYMENTS: Plans with equal payments can be selected in the FACTS system: 4 quarterly or 10 and 11 monthly payments . An auto-debit billing arrangement (through credit/debit card or direct bank account payment) must be established. Payment due dates available on either the 5th or 20th of the month, final plan payment due by May 20th  Families may transition to a Monthly Payment Plan for the Spring semester or modify an existing plan by calling the Student Billing Coordinator prior to the Spring semester payment deadline.

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver! ~ Proverbs 16:16

 

RLS FACTS Aid Flyer

There are very few things in life that can never be taken away, will never go out of style, and that truly make you a better person. An education is one of those things. At Rockford Lutheran School we understand this and want to help make Christian education a reality. Tuition assistance is available on the basis of demonstrated need. If you believe that your resources are not sufficient to meet the total costs of a Rockford Lutheran education, you are encouraged to apply.

Rockford Lutheran School partners with FACTS to confidentially collect and verify family financial information to establish financial need by a family.

FACTS  provides a framework through which household need can be measured fairly and equitably. Recommendations from FACTS are used by the Rockford Lutheran School award committee in accordance with its policies to determine the award amount. FACTS is a service that works with families and schools to create successful educational opportunities.  Applications for tuition assistance may be completed online at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4P146 School Code: 39380 The $40.00 processing fee is made payable to FACTS. Failure to pay the processing fee may delay the evaluation.

Questions?
Need help completing your application? Help for parents is available by phone or email on the FACTS website.  Or you can contact Andrea Davis, 815-877-9551 x137 (adavis@rockfordlutheran.org) or Ashley Larson, 815-877-9551 x135 (alarson@rockfordlutheran.org).

Earn credits towards your tuition payments through the Scrip Gift Card program, offered in partnership with RaiseRight (formerly ShopWithScrip). The amount of credit you can earn is only limited by the amount of tuition you owe. You purchase gift cards or certificates for things you already need and buy with retailers you already use and then we share back part of the discount savings with you. Learn more about our Scrip program HERE.

Illinois enacted the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program in 2017. This program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois. Learn more about the income tax credit scholarship program’s funding, eligibility, benefits and regulations.

Illinois Invest In Kids