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Variable Tuition

What is Variable Tuition? 

Because Grand Rapids Christian Schools is committed to making a Christian education accessible to families from a range of economic backgrounds and recognizes that many families who might not expect to be eligible for “financial aid” may still qualify to pay a reduced tuition rate, we now offer a range of rates called Variable Tuition.

Ready to apply for Variable Tuition at Grand Rapids Christian Schools? 
Click the button below to begin the FACTS Application, the first step in applying for Variable Tuition.



Variable Tuition FAQs

What are the Variable Tuition Rates?

*Proposed variable tuition rates will be available in January 2020.

2019-2020 Variable Tuition Rates
Progressive Kindergarten
(Evergreen and Iroquois)
$4,770 — $7,340
Progressive Kindergarten
(Rockford Campus)
$5,085 — $7,840
5 Full Day Kindergarten  — 4th Grades $5,485 — $8,440
5th — 6th Grades $5,810 — $8,940
7th — 8th Grades $6,135 — $9,440
9th — 12th Grades $6,785 - $10,440

Tell me more about Variable Tuition.

Variable Tuition allows families to apply for a reduced tuition rate that is based on their family’s unique financial situation. While every family is expected to contribute to the cost of tuition and to support Grand Rapids Christian Schools in some way, the Variable Tuition program offers families an appropriate tuition level, making a quality Christian school education accessible for more families within our community.

By making a Grand Rapids Christian education more financially possible, we will have the opportunity to fully utilize our exceptional staff and outstanding facilities and bring a rich diversity of students and families to our schools.

How does Variable Tuition work?

Any family (current or new) of a kindergarten through twelfth grade student may apply for Variable Tuition if they are concerned about affording the full tuition rate at GRCS.

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 and are reviewed by a third party: FACTS Grant & Aid. 

Families who do not apply for variable tuition pay full tuition.

How does Variable Tuition compare to the old Required/Requested tuition system?

The old tuition model had two rates for each grade level - a requested rate and a required rate. Variable Tuition sets a range of tuition rates for each grade level K-12. 

The “full tuition” amount or the top of each Variable Tuition range is comparable to the old Required tuition rate.

The old Requested rate included annual tax-deductible donations of approximately $2500 per student. These donations always have been and continue to be vital to the financial stability of our schools. Families who are able to and/or previously opted to pay the Requested rate are now asked to select the Full Tuition and also elect to include the Requested Donation when completing their Continuous Enrollment Contract. 

My child will be in preschool. Should I apply for Variable Tuition?

Variable Tuition only applies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  If you only have children enrolling in preschool at GRCS, you should not apply for Variable Tuition.

If you are enrolling a preschool student in addition to older students in K-12, you may apply for Variable Tuition.  We will consider your preschool tuition as part of your family’s financial profile when we determine your Variable Tuition rate.

How do I apply for Variable Tuition?

All Variable Tuition applications must be submitted online to FACTS Grant & Aid. There is a $35 fee to apply. Click HERE to begin the FACTS Grand & Aid Application.  Or contact a member of the Admissions Team for more information or questions on how to apply.

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

Family circumstances range widely. While some families can afford only minimal tuition, others can afford to pay around the midpoint or almost at the top of the tuition level. Many factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family. 

Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student’s chance of being admitted to the school?

No. An application for Variable Tuition does not affect the re-enrollment or admissions process. Regardless of financial need, parents should initiate the process as early as possible. 

What will my Variable Tuition amount be?

Because the formula used to calculate variable tuition considers many factors, it is not possible to estimate the tuition level for which a family qualifies without the completion of a Variable Tuition application. Applications are submitted directly to FACTS, a third-party agency. FACTS 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 by the school’s finance office. 

Do I need to apply to Grand Rapids Christian before I can apply for Variable Tuition?

No. You may apply for Variable Tuition before you apply for admission. However, we do recommend that you complete the Online Inquiry Form either before or soon after you apply for Variable Tuition. This will alert our Admissions Team to your interest in Grand Rapids Christian Schools so that we can be watching for your Variable Tuition application to come to us from FACTS. 

Additionally, a member of our Admissions Team will be happy to walk you through all the steps of the admissions process,

Upon completion of my Variable Tuition application, when will I receive confirmation of my Variable Tuition?

Please note that applications must be fully completed, and all required paperwork must be submitted to FACTS in order for applications to be released to GRCS for review. For 2019-2020 applications, this includes your 2017 tax returns.

You will receive your variable tuition offer approximately two weeks after Grand Rapids Christian Schools receives your financial profile from FACTS. Responses to families will fall into three categories: an offer of Variable Tuition, notification that a family does not qualify for Variable Tuition, or notice that the family is waitlisted for Variable Tuition.

A waitlist designation means that a family will be considered for Variable Tuition if additional funding becomes available. 

If I receive tuition support from my church or employer, how does that work with Variable Tuition?

Grand Rapids Christian Schools is blessed to partner with many area churches who provide significant tuition support to their families.  As in previous years, you should apply to your church first. Your church will use the Full Tuition amount when determining the amount of assistance they will provide. The "Full Tuition" amount in this new program is equivalent to the "Required" (lower) rate in the old system, and parents do not need to apply for Variable Tuition in order to pay that rate.

Calvin College also provides tuition support to their employees. You should apply to Calvin first. They will also base their award on the Full Tuition amount.

Families who only receive financial aid from their church or from Calvin, do not need to apply for variable tuition through Grand Rapids Christian.

If you believe you will need support in addition to the award from your church or Calvin, you may also apply for Variable Tuition by submitting an application through FACTS.

Applying to your church or Calvin first, simply means that we will need to know your church or Calvin award before we can determine if you qualify for an even lower variable tuition rate through GRCS.

Does everyone who applies receive Variable Tuition?

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer Variable Tuition to every student who qualifies for both admission and reduced tuition. We work within our available resources to make GRCS accessible to as many students and families as possible. However, a student may be admitted to GRCS but waitlisted for Variable Tuition.

If I do not qualify for Variable Tuition this year, can I apply again next year?

Yes. A family that does not qualify this year is welcome to reapply the following year. 

Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?

Yes. A new application must be submitted every year. 

Will Variable Tuition lead to larger class sizes?

No. The leadership team at GRCS has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. 

Who should I contact with questions about Variable Tuition?

Questions about Variable Tuition should be directed to Jim Primus at




Victoria Fischer


Linda Vellenga


Linda Vellenga


Preschool and Kindergarten

Michelle Ogdahl

1st — 4th Grades

Jessie Renz


Preschool and Kindergarten

Michelle Ogdahl

1st — 5th Grades

Jessie Renz

Jim Primus, CFO

Chief Financial Officer

School: 616-574-6003


2400 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.6000
Fax:  616.574.6010