MAKING AN MPCS EDUCATION POSSIBLE

MPCS recognizes that financing an independent school education is a significant commitment for families. We are dedicated to providing a Christ-centered education for families who seek such an environment. Therefore, the school allocates institutional funds and donor contributions toward a designated fund to offer assistance for families with financial need. Financial assistance is considered for those candidates who have successfully met the criteria for admission and have already received formal acceptance. 

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APPLY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Follow these simple steps to apply for aid:

  1. Students must first receive an acceptance of admission before applying for financial assistance. 
  2. Complete the FACTS Financial Aid Request (only one FACTS request required for both Georgia GOAL and school-allocated aid)
  3. Submit 2018 tax forms and other supporting documents to FACTS.
  4. Notify the admission office when FACTS has verified the information as complete.
     
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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FAQs

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Why does Mount Paran Christian School offer financial assistance options?

We recognize that financing an independent school education is a significant committment for many families. MPCS is dedicated to providing a Christ-centered education for families who seek such an environment, and we will work to help you make it possible.

 

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How is financial assistance funded?

MPCS allocates institutional dollars and donor contributions toward a designated fund to offer financial aid assistance for students in need. MPCS also works with the Georgia GOAL Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) to provide an opportunity for students who are transferring from a Georgia public school or homeschool program.

 

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When do I apply?

Once you have received an official admission notification of acceptance, you may then apply for consideration of financial assistance for the coming school year.

 

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How is financial assistance determined?

Financial assistance is based on need. The financial assistance committee will determine the eligibility of need and the amount of the award based on the amount of available funds, the number of applicants requesting assistance, and the need demonstrated by the applicant’s family. The school will determine whether assistance awards will come from general financial aid funds or Georgia GOAL funds.

 

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How and when is financial assistance verified?

All financial assistance applicants must complete a FACTS financial aid assessment application and provide tax records to verify eligibility. While there is not a specific due date to submit a request for assistance, the financial aid committee convenes in March to review requests, and continues with monthly meetings until funds for the upcoming year are all allocated.

 

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Are all grades eligible for financial assistance?

Students in grades K through 12 are eligible for consideration of financial assistance.

 

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Am I automatically eligible to receive financial assistance after the first year of enrollment?

Financial assistance recipients must re-apply and meet all assistance eligibility requirements for financial aid each year. Students re-enrolling to MPCS, may submit a financial assistance request as soon as they have submitted an application for re-enrollment. In order for the request to be reviewed for consideration, the account must be up-to-date, the re-enrollment notification of acceptance received, and all financial assistance application obligations met before a request for assistance will be considered. The completion of the financial assistance application is not a binding agreement that assistance is available or will be granted in future years.

 

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How do I receive the financial assistance notification?

The Admission Office will distribute and process all financial assistance materials. Letters of notification with financial assistance award information will be sent via e-mail to applicant families upon decision of the award.

 

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Do I need to complete a financial assistance application?

For consideration of assistance, applicants must complete a FACTS, third-party assessment. FACTS will require a copy of the most recent tax return (including all schedules and all other supporting documentation), as well as a most recent copy of W-2 forms for both primary parent and spouse. In the case of divorce, parents who share custody must both supply FACTS information and may do so in separate applications to FACTS. If you have questions or concerns about the FACTS application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-315-9262.

 

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How do I qualify for Georgia GOAL Eligibility SSO Funds?

Georgia GOAL is available to students transferring from public school or who have homeschooled for a minimum of one year. The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program provides children throughout Georgia with Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning (GOAL). Students entering grades two through 12 must have attended a Georgia public school immediately prior to MPCS. All eligible GOAL applicants must provide a current academic year report card to MPCS. Kindergarten through second grade applicants must provide a birth certificate to MPCS to verify age eligibility.



 

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How much assistance will I qualify for?

Through institutional financial assistance funds, no more than 50 percent of the annual tuition will be awarded to any one student through the institutional financial assistance funds. Georgia GOAL financial assistance awards range from $1 to a maximum award of $10,387.00 tuition assistance per year to any one student through the GOAL funds. Any award amount will be applied to the tuition for the academic year it is awarded, and remaining tuition due will be divided into 10 monthly payments.

 

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Are funds transferable?

Funds are not transferable to another family member, even in the event of withdrawal.

 

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Are there other opportunities for assistance?

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship provides eligible students with the opportunity to attend private school. MPCS is able to offer support to some students with mild learning differences in the areas of reading, math, and language arts. Parents should submit the appropriate documents for a preliminary review, including any IEP, psychological education evaluation, two to three years of grade reports, and standardized test scores. The administration will review the information to provide initial feedback to the parents. In addition to the MPCS eligibility criteria, the Georgia Department of Education outlines other specific criteria at the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship site. (For more information, click on the link to the right.)

 

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What if the award does not provide enough to make it possible for me to attend?

If assistance is not awarded or the amount does not make it possible for the family to attend, and the student is unable to attend due to financial difficulties, the $750.00 deposit will be refunded upon receipt of a written withdrawal received by the Admission Office within 10 days of the financial assistance notification. In this case, the deposit will only be refunded if the financial assistance application process was completed through FACTS and a notification letter identifying the amount of financial assistance was provided to the applicant.

 

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What is the privacy policy?

Communication between the applicant’s family and other families or staff regarding financial assistance awards is prohibited. Financial assistance is strictly confidential. Sharing information with others could lead to the revocation of the financial assistance award. Mount Paran Christian School bases these policies on the NAIS Financial Aid Administration, Principles of Good Practice.

 

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Non-Discriminatory Policy

Mount Paran Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, birth gender, protected disability, national or ethnic origin, genetic disease or disorder, or protected age in the administration of its admission, academic, athletic, financial aid, and employment policies.
 

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Georgia GOAL Scholarship

Georgia GOAL provides qualifying students transferring from public school (or who have homeschooled for a minimum of one year) financial assistance. The Georgia Goal Scholarship Program provides children throughout Georgia with Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning ("GOAL"). You can learn more about Georgia GOAL on our website.

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Georgia Special Needs Scholarship

MPCS is able to offer support to some students with mild learning differences in academics. Parents should submit a copy of the IEP, psychological education evaluation, two to three years of grade reports, and standardized test scores for a preliminary review. In addition to the MPCS eligibility criteria, the Georgia Department of Education outlines other specific criteria at the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship site.

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Questions about financial aid? 

A business office representative would be happy to contact you to answer your questions: khubbard@mtparanschool.com