We understand that this process can seem confusing or overwhelming – we aim to simplify it as much as possible! To take you through the process step by step, here are our answers to your frequently asked questions about financial aid:
West Hills offers need-based financial aid only.
West Hills Christian School uses FACTS Grant and Aid to process financial aid applications. FACTS analyzes the information submitted by families and makes an award recommendation to WHCS. The financial aid committee reviews the recommendations and makes a final decision.
West Hills does not receive federal money and relies on fundraising efforts to increase available dollars for financial aid. All financial aid awards are confidentially and discreetly administered by the WHCS Financial Aid Committee.
Our WHCS Financial Aid Committee uses the standardized calculation derived by FACTS as an initial guide in allocating assistance. This system considers gross taxable and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and the number of students in tuition-charging schools or colleges. After an allowance for basic necessities and required taxes, the remaining funds are considered available for education on a sliding scale by FACTS.
Although West Hills works to keep tuition at a reasonable level, most families adjust their spending priorities, maximize both parents’ earnings, and carefully manage assets to afford tuition. Aid awards vary based on factors that are unique to each family. In the prior year, nearly 20% of our students from families with a wide range of income levels received tuition assistance.
A family must reapply for financial aid each academic year. If the family’s financial circumstances remain approximately the same, the school will make every effort to provide assistance at the same level as the previous year. All tuition and fees must be current to be considered for the upcoming year’s financial aid.
In addition to the application, you will be required to submit:
- A copy of your most recent tax return, including all schedules and attachments for both parents or sets of parents. We may request a more current tax return as soon as it is available.
- A copy of your W-2 form(s) for the previous two years for both parent(s) or sets of parents.
- Additional information as requested.
Please upload these documents to the FACTS website per their instructions with your application. Your final award is dependent on receiving these required documents.
Please call our Accounting office at 503-977-5505 for assistance.
For current families, we will do your best to notify you of your award on February 19. Your signed Tuition and Enrollment Agreement will not be considered “late” if you wait to submit it until after you receive your award.
For new families, it takes 7-10 business days to process an application and notify you of your award.
Please add a note to your FACTS application, or upload a letter to the “Documents” section of the application describing your situation.
Financial aid is allocated according to the tuition plan a family chooses. For example, if a family chooses a 10-month plan, the aid award is divided over 10 months and the family pays the remaining tuition due.