Financial Aid

Oaks Christian School is committed to enrolling a talented and diverse student body and seeks students who aspire to academic excellence, artistic expression, athletic distinction and spiritual growth, and active participation in school activities. Our financial aid is needs-based and mission driven.

  • The financial aid online application for Fall 2017 is now open.
  • Deadline to apply: February 1, 2017.
  • Current families receiving financial aid must reapply for financial aid each year. However, current families do not need to submit another admissions application.
  • For new students to Oaks Christian School seeking financial aid, both the admission online application and the financial aid online application must be submitted by February 1, 2017.
  • Important note: Email is a primary means of communication with applicants. The OCS financial aid office will send important messages to you using the email address that you list on your application. It is your responsibility to check this email account regularly and read your messages from OCS. Be sure to notify FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment if this email address changes.

Families applying for financial aid must complete the following four steps. Please click on each tab below for more information.

Financial Aid Application Process

Step 1: Financial Aid Application by February 1, 2017

$75.00 (per family) processing fee payable by credit or debit card only. To pay and begin your online financial aid application visit: Online Financial Aid Application.

Steps #1, #2 and #3 must be completed by February 1, 2017.

Step 2: Submit the Online Financial Aid Application by February 1, 2017

  • After you have paid the financial aid fee by following the instructions in Step 1, please follow the link in your payment acknowledgement receipt to complete your online application. It is highly recommended that you save your acknowledgment receipt if you wish to obtain future access to your online application.
  • Your online application includes a section to submit your personal testament outlining your financial aid need, how your student will benefit and/or add to the mission statement of OCS and how you might assist OCS in the future.

Step 3: Requirements to be submitted to Facts Grant & Aid Assessment by February 1, 2017

You may upload required tax documents directly through your FACTS online application. Once you click submit, a link will appear on the right side of the page - Upload Supporting Documents. You may also return to upload documents at a later date by re-entering your application using your username and password. If you choose to forward by postal mail or fax, the contact information is listed below:

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

Fax Number: 866.315.9264

Required documents are:
  • Last paystub for each employer and/or unemployment or disability compensation statement
  • IRS 1040, and schedules C and E, if applicable for 2015
  • 2015 business tax returns such as K-1s for partnerships and 1120s for corporations
  • W-2s and/or 1099s for 2016
  • Signed copy of Form 4506. Please do not submit the $50 noted on the form. This fee is waived to all applicants.
  • Current credit report. For a free credit report, click here.
  • Most recent mortgage statement, home equity statement or rental agreement

Please do not forward these documents to Oaks Christian School as this will delay the processing of your application. We realize that your tax documents are the only documents FACTS requires, however, after you submit your online application, you will have the ability to upload any and all documents that are requested to complete your file. This feature allows the financial aid department to collect all tax documents and school required paperwork, in one central location.

Steps #1, #2 and #3 must be completed by February 1, 2017.

Step 4: Submit your 2016 tax return to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by April 18, 2017

A copy of your 2016 Federal Tax Return, Business Returns (if applicable) including all supporting tax schedules must be forwarded to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment no later than April 18, 2017.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866.441.4637 or the Oaks Christian Financial Aid Department at financialaid@oakschristian.org or 818.575.9215.

FAQs

Do you give athletic/academic/arts scholarships?

Financial aid is a needs based, mission driven program. Athletic, academic, or fine arts scholarships are not available.

Who may apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is a needs based, mission driven program. Anyone may apply for aid, however; applying for aid does NOT guarantee that a grant will be offered.

Is there a tuition discount for siblings?

We do not offer sibling discounts. The cost of sending multiple children to private school is taken into consideration when assessing a family's demonstrated need through the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Application. If this additional cost creates a demonstrated financial need for assistance, financial aid awards will be offered accordingly.

Does Oaks have any merit scholarships for which we can compete?

No. Financial aid is a needs based, mission driven program.

How is "demonstrated need" determined?

Need is determined by the Oaks Christian School Financial Aid committee, which uses a third-party recommendation (FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment), online application, required supporting documents.

What will the family's contribution be?

There are many factors affecting financial aid awards. The most significant factors are family income and assets. However, other considerations include mortgages, debt, number of siblings, siblings in the school, special circumstances, and single income providers.

What if parents are separated or divorced?

We take into account that both parents have a financial obligation to contribute to their children's educational expenses. We consider the assets and income of both natural parents. If either parent has remarried, we will consider the income of the step-parent as well. In view of this, both natural parents and their current spouses need to complete separate applications, however only one fee is required.

It would be tough for us to afford Oaks Christian School for the duration that my child would attend. Am I able to apply for financial aid in later years?

When a family applies to the school as a full-pay applicant, this demonstrates that the family will be capable of financing all educational costs for that year and all subsequent years. The school's limited financial aid funds are then committed to other families. The school's budget relies on these original commitments. Most years, the school maintains a fairly modest emergency fund for families that request aid subsequent to admission. These funds are strictly reserved for matriculating families that encounter unforeseeable financial hardships and dramatic changes to their resources. No funds are available for families with pre-existing needs not disclosed at the time of admission. This should be avoided at all costs.

Will my child's financial aid award change from year to year?

Families must reapply for financial aid each year. If there is little or no change in the family circumstances, a family can expect that a financial aid award will be renewed at the same level, bearing in mind that any tuition increase will be shared between the family and Oaks Christian School. If there is a significant increase in family need, Oaks Christian School will seek to accommodate that need. Likewise, if the family’s need decreases, the appropriate adjustment will be made to the financial aid recipient to reflect the family’s increased ability to contribute to their student’s educational expenses.

How and when do I apply for financial aid?

The financial aid deadline is February 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. To apply for financial aid, parents must complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Application online after November 1, and upload, fax or mail the required supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, P.O. Box 82524, Lincoln, NE, 68501. Fax Number: 866.315.9264

In addition, a $75 fee must be sent to the Financial Aid Office at Oaks Christian School. The online FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Application may be found at www.factstuitionaid.com.

Complete information on the application process can be found on our website at www.oakschristian.org under Admissions > Financial Aid.

Is the financial aid application confidential?

Details contained within the application for financial aid are held in confidence.

Does our family have to repay the grant?

No. The grant is not a loan. However, if the student or their parents become blessed financially in the future, we would ask them to remember the “pay it forward” concept and contribute back to Oaks Christian School to help other students and families that have a need.