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Affording Houston Christian: Indexed Tuition

Houston Christian High School promises to remain accessible to our families through humility and transparency, as we strive to remain leaders in the private school community for generations to come.
 

The Mustang Mission

Tuition is no longer a one-size fits all model at Houston Christian.
Houston Christian High School is thrilled to partner with you in your educational journey. We are committed to providing you and your student the support needed to have an engaging and successful high school career. 

To be considered in the first round of indexed tiers, please apply and have all supporting documentation submitted by February 7, 2022. Please do not begin the IT application until November 1, 2021.

If you see your income in one of the tiers below,
you may qualify to pay the amount in the applicable tuition range. 

How To Apply

Houston Christian uses a third-party (independent) processor called FAST for the secure collection of financial data and the evaluation of financial need. Complete the FAST application by February 7th for first priority Indexed Tuition decisions. 

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  • Step 1: Apply for HC admission by December 15

    Your first step is to apply for admission to Houston Christian, which you can do by clicking this link. The deadline is December 15. Indexed Tuition applications cannot be considered until the student has been excepted.
  • Step 2: Apply for Indexed Tuition through FAST application

    Apply for Indexed Tuition rate using FAST application. HC will begin accepting applications for Indexed Tuition on November 1. On or after November 1, click here and fill out the application. You will be prompted to provide information regarding family and dependents, household income, expenses, assets, and debt. You will be required to upload your latest income tax information (see our Checklist for Documents Needed). A complex calculation is run based upon the family information that you have provided and the school receives a report showing an estimate of how much the family can contribute to a private school education.

    You may start the application and save it for future entry and completion at a later date. You do not need to complete the application in one sitting. It should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete the application once you have gathered your information. Give yourself the time you need by not waiting until the deadline to begin. After you have completed and paid for your application you will need to submit the required documents. It's important to note the difference between the deadlines for application and Indexed Tuition applications. Our deadline for financial aid applications is February 7, 2022. 
  • Step 3: Verification & Review

    FAST will notify HC when your application is completed and verified, at which time HC will convene a committee for review. Remember, you submission by February 7, 2022 ensures that your application will be considered in HC's first round of decisions.
  • Step 4: Notification of Award

    All information is kept strictly confidential. Decisions are made by a committee of school employees who view summarized information. Indexed tuition is reflected in the enrollment contract when issued. 

Additional Information

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  • Top 10 Tips For Completing Your Indexed Tuition Application

    1. APPLY ON TIME OR EARLY!
    2. Complete only one application per household. In the case of divorced or separated parents, each parent needs to file a separate but linked application.
    3. Use your legal name. Make sure the name on your application appears exactly the way your name appears on your tax documents.
    4. Enter whole numbers. When entering numbers, round to the nearest whole number, do not use decimals or cents. Understand that all monetary values must be in US dollars.
    5. Differentiate applications from dependence. Questions about "student applicants" refer to your children who are applying for financial aid via the FAST. Questions about "other dependence" refer to the children (or adults) for whom you provide support but are not applying for financial aid. 
    6. Separate salary from profit. If you are a business owner or a farm owner, you will be asked about your salary in the family income section. Enter only the amount you actually draw as salary (as reported on your W-2). You will provide information about profit/loss elsewhere in the application. 
    7. Estimate your taxes. We realize that most tax forms are not available until late January. If you don't have your current year's taxes available, it's OK to estimate your answers based on your previous year's tax return. 
    8. Tell your story. Offer explanations when requested, so your story or situation is clear and understandable to those reviewing your application. 
    9. Be honest. Take time to carefully consider how much you think you can pay towards tuition on your own. Make a budget of income and expenses, and see how much you can include for school costs. 
    10. Questions? Call if you have questions about the application process, please contact FAST Call Center at 1-877-326-3278, open 24/7. 
  • Key Points About HC For Your Application

    • Our school's name is: Houston Christian High School.
    • Contact information for our financial aid office:
      • Carol LaCook, 713-580-6092, clacook@houstonchristian.org
    • Due date for completing the application for preferred consideration is February 7, 2022.
    • Due date for submitting additional documents (see below) is February 7, 2022. The documents we require you to submit, in addition to the application, are listed below:
      • 2020 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (if not already submitted)
      • 2021 W2 Form, Schedule C, 1099 Form
      • 2021 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (due no later than April 15)
  • Fine Print

    • Indexed Tuition is one way in which we support families drawn to the mission of our school. Approximately 37% of our students receive adjusted tuition under our Indexed Tuition program. 
    • Indexed Tuition is based solely on financial need. Scholastic, athletic or artistic ability is not considered absent financial need. 
    • HC admits students of any race, color, and national ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally a corded or made available to students. HC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national ethnic origin in administration of it educational policies, admission policy, Indexed Tuition and financial aid programs, and any extracurricular program. 
    • Indexed Tuition is a program applicable for admission to HC. There are no additional indices for the PCR and DSP programs nor is PCR or DSP tuition considered in the determination of financial need.  
    • Indexed Tuition is determined through a process that is equitable for all applicants and it takes into consideration three primary factors: household income; number of dependents attending tuition-based schools (including undergraduate college programs); and available resources. Additional special circumstances may apply. 
    • The school may limit the number of students excepted in any given index based on the financial constraints of the school considering such factors as anticipated enrollment, charitable giving, and endowment earnings. 
    • HC does not manipulate that process to the advantage of one applicant over another. HC does not negotiate Indexed Tuition nor use Indexed Tuition as a negotiation tool. 

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What Matters?


Houston Christian evaluates the entirety of a family’s financial situation, such as annual income, assets and debts, and the number of students attending tuition-paying schools before placing them in one of the five tuition tiers. This allows families to immediately see the potential cost of their education.