Tuition & Assistance

Accessible Tuition Program

Accessible Tuition Program

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  • All About Accessibility

    Delmarva Christian School’s Accessible Tuition Program (ATP) provides the opportunity for more families to access an excellent Christ-centered education for their students by calculating a tuition rate that matches each family’s unique financial situation.

What is ATP?

The Accessible Tuition Program (ATP) is a need-based financial aid structure which is similar to those used by other private schools, colleges, and universities. Factors like income, family circumstances, and the cost of living are first evaluated by a third party assessment service and then by the DCS Accessible Tuition Review Committee.

The Accessible Tuition Program (ATP) provides sustainability for DCS by enabling the school to increase overall tuition revenue and allowing greater focus on the DCS mission. Furthermore, it provides for an affordable, excellent Christian education to a greater number of families.

Any family who has a full-time student enrolled in K-12 at Delmarva Christian and feels that they are not able to pay the full tuition rate should apply.

New students may also make application to the Accessible Tuition Program (ATP) for an adjusted tuition at the same time they make application for enrollment to Delmarva Christian Milton Campus (DCMC) or Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS). Please note that ATP applications will not be reviewed and tuition levels can not be determined until a Delmarva Christian student enrollment application has been submitted.

The heart of the Accessible Tuition Program at DCS is committed to maintaining and growing excellent Christian education programs and making those programs accessible to as many families as possible.

2 Corinthians 8:14a

“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.”


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • How is tuition calculated through the Accessible Tuition process?

    Factors such as income, family circumstances, and the cost of living are first evaluated by a third party assessment service (FACTS) and then by the DCS Accessible Tuition Review Committee. The entire process is highly confidential, and the final tuition cost is to be kept in strictest confidence.
  • What economic situations are considered?

    Family circumstances range widely. Reduced tuition is awarded based on need. Factors such as sources of income, expenses, number of students in  the family, and cost of living in our area are considered. While some families can afford only a minimal tuition, others can afford to pay full tuition.
  • Can I find out what tuition will be before applying as a student?

    Upon making application for enrollment, new families may also make application for Accessible Tuition prior to the interview and acceptance. We acknowledge that understanding the financial expectations can be a factor in completing the enrollment process. With that said, families are encouraged to communicate their commitment to DCS and Christian education during the ATP application process.
  • Will an Accessible Tuition request hurt my opportunity to be accepted?

    Determination of tuition levels is a separate function from our admissions process. Families should not hesitate to apply out of concern that it might impact their student’s acceptance into a DCS school; however, requests for assistance will not be reviewed until after a student’s acceptance.
  • Do any families pay nothing for tuition?

    No, all families are asked to sacrificially invest in their student’s
    Christ-centered education.
  • What expenses are there other than tuition?

    Even with accessible tuition, families will still be responsible to pay the $100 New Student Application Fee. Each student will incur other expenses such as lunch, extracurricular activities, school supplies, and dress code compliant clothing. Students at the high school will also be required to have an iPad.
  • Will the Accessible Tuition lead to larger class sizes?

    No, DCS has established maximum class sizes that cannot be surpassed. Within those limits, DCS will continue to accept qualified, mission-appropriate students with the understanding that wait lists may need to be established.

ATP Application

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  • Information & Details

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  • Prior to making application for ATP

    Before beginning the application for Accessible Tuition on the FACTS website, new families must have also completed and submitted a Student Enrollment Application for each new student.

    Next, the following documents need to be gathered:
    • Most recent paystubs
    • Most recent W-2 forms for all jobs.
    • Most recently filed federal tax returns: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules.
    • Most recently filed business tax return: 1120, 1120S, 1065 (if applicable).
    • Supplemental income documentation: Social Security income, Welfare, Food Stamps, Child Support, 1099-M Forms, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment, Veterans Benefits, Housing Allowance, etc.
    • If you are unable to provide any of the aforementioned items, please submit a Special Circumstance Letter indicating which document(s) you are unable to provide and why. This information will be shared with your school for consideration.
  • Making ATP Application

    Visit the FACTS Student Financial Aid website by clicking HERE to file application and follow the online prompts. A processing fee will be required to submit the Accessible Tuition application. For any additional information, FACTS Student Financial Aid may by reached by phone by calling 866.441.4637
  • Important ATP Application Deadline Dates

    November 20, 2023 - ATP Information Night 1 of 2: 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Delmarva Christian High School Arts and Athletic Center Conference Room 

    February 1, 2024
     -  Application opens for currently families only.  

    February 20, 2024 - ATP Information Night 2 of 2: 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Delmarva Christian High School Arts and Athletic Center Conference Room 

    April 19, 2024 -  Application closes for current students
    (No further applications will be reviewed, 70% of funds are expected to be awarded during this window of applications)

    June 20, 2024 - Application Window for new families begins

    July 15, 2024 - Application closes for new students (Remaining 30% of funds are expected to be awarded during this window of applications)

    August 15, 2024 - Final ATP Application Window opens IF funds remain.

    August 31, 2024 - Final ATP Application Closes.

    *please note that to participate in ATP families MUST submit an online application EACH YEAR to include all appropriate tax returns and documents in order to be considered. 

Please note: Once an ATP application is submitted, please be alert to any emails from FACTS notifying you of their possible need for further documentation. Following the full review from FACTS, Delmarva Christian will then send an email to you containing your ATP decision. Upon receiving this email from DCS, follow the final set of directions to complete the process.