BEREAN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Berean Christian School uses an outside, impartial company to process applications for financial assistance. Berean Christian School has chosen to use FAST – Financial Aid for School Tuition – by ISM to process your financial aid application. ISM will provide standardized and impartial processing in a confidential setting. Once a family is determined “qualified” for financial assistance, they are placed on a list by date of application approval. Funds will be allocated based on “qualified” financial need, on a first-come basis with priority given to existing BCS students. The 2021-2022 school year's assistance process will begin on January 7, 2021, for existing BCS families with students going into K5-12th grade. New families will be able to apply beginning March 1st. Applications will be accepted through May 31st for returning families and July 1st for new families if funds are not exhausted.
There are several financial records you will need. A list is provided on the FAST website. Once you have gathered your financial information, it takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete the application online. You do not have to complete the entire application at one time. Your username and password will allow you to access your data until you have completed the payment section. BCS implemented a new qualification standard during the 2016-2017 school year. We are now imputing a $15,000 income for anyone who designates themselves as a homemaker but does not have dependents who are home during the school day. Dependents could include non-school age children ages 0-4 or an adult who is under your care.
There is a USD 45 application fee, payable by credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover). If you do not have a credit card, you may purchase a voucher from your school that will allow you to complete the application. Academic and behavior standards are required of those students who are awarded financial assistance. Failure to comply with the requirements will disqualify a family from receiving financial assistance. See the 2021-2022 Financial Aid/Tuition Discount Guidelines.
The Headmaster’s Office makes the final notification of financial assistance awards. If you wish to speak to a Berean representative regarding financial aid, contact Mrs. Cherry Frewin at 798-9300 x287
What is the Step Up For Students Program?
Step Up For Students is an initiative of the Florida Tax Credit (FTC) Scholarship Program. The innovative program provides K-12 education scholarships for qualifying low-income students entering kindergarten through 5th grade OR who attended public school (K5-12th grade) the previous year. Berean Christian School is proud to accept the Step Up for Student Program. To receive full credit for this scholarship, you will need to have your acceptance letter from Step Up For Students before enrolling at BCS.
To be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program before withdrawing from public school. The student must also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)* or 504 Accommodation Plan, and:
- Have been enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida Public School during the preceding October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys (Grades K-12); or
- Have been a pre-kindergarten student who was enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida Public School during the preceding October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys and was at least 4 years old; or
- Have been a pre-kindergarten student who was reported as having received Specialized Instructional Services by the Office of Early Learning and was at least 4 years old; or
- Have attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the preceding October and February student membership surveys (Grades K-12).
If your child meets the eligibility requirements, you may apply for a scholarship. If your child does not meet these requirements but has an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan, he or she may be eligible for a McKay Scholarship if the child:
- is a foster child or
- is a dependent child of a member of the United States Armed Forces who transfers to a school in Florida from out of state or from a foreign country according to a parent's permanent change of station orders.
Berean Christian School has an ESE program for K5-12th grade designed to help students that are diagnosed with mild disabilities such as the following:
- Specific Learning Disabilities
- Visual/Auditory processing disorder
- Language Disabilities
In order to be considered for the ESE program, parents must provide the school with a copy of a current IEP (Individual Education Plan) and/or the most recent evaluation.
The Gardiner Scholarship Program provides eligible students with a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account, and more. State-approved nonprofit scholarship-funding organizations directly administer the program.