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Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition Assistance

What does the application process include?

Families desiring tuition assistance submit an application to FACTS through its website. FACTS assesses a families’ financial ability to pay tuition and then sends a report to LuHi. The Executive Director then uses a pre-determined rubric to grant tuition assistance for the school year.

Learn more about tuition costs here.

How many students receive tuition assistance?

Approximately 50% of Lutheran High School students are receiving financial assistance (not including discounts for association membership or church worker discounts). These families have gone through the tuition assistance process.

What does the application process include?

Families desiring tuition assistance submit an application to FACTS through its website. FACTS assesses a families’ financial ability to pay tuition and then sends a report to LuHi. The Executive Director then uses a pre-determined rubric to grant tuition assistance for the school year.

Learn more about tuition costs here.

What is FACTS?

FACTS is an independent, third-party company that helps Lutheran High School in its assessment and evaluation of a family’s financial need from an objective standpoint. FACTS does not make any decisions on behalf of Lutheran High School, nor does it supply any funding to LuHi.

Are admission decisions and tuition assistance requests dependent in any way?

No, the two are not connected. The Admissions Department doesn't have any access to a family's tuition assistance application or information. A family desiring to know an amount prior to acceptance may apply through FACTS to gain an idea of how much assistance might be granted.

Does tuition assistance have to be paid back?

No. The amount awarded in tuition assistance simply reduces the total amount of tuition due. However, it is the desire that families that receive tuition assistance would strongly participate in other areas of non-tuition revenue to LuHi and volunteer their time at Lutheran High School events. Furthermore, LuHi desires that the students who receive tuition angel assistance graduate and become the tuition angel donors of the future.

Can a student earn a scholarship?

At the present time, Lutheran High School does not award merit-based scholarships other than the valedictorian and salutatorian awards granted to freshmen from Lutheran elementary schools.

Will a student’s athletic or arts ability influence whether tuition assistance is awarded or influence the amount awarded?

Lutheran High School awards tuition assistance based on financial need only. It does not award scholarships for skills and abilities. Scholarships for athletic and arts ability is prohibited by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).

Does Lutheran High School offer “full rides” to students?

No.

Does tuition assistance cover fees?

No. All families must pay the full enrollment and materials fee.

Are tuition assistance awards confidential?

Yes. The letter received by a family with an award amount also contains instructions on keeping that amount confidential in conversation with other LuHi families. Lutheran High School also keeps those amounts confidential. FACTS reports are kept in a secure file and not shared with anyone.

Does a Lutheran High School family have to go through the same process every year?

Yes. Family situations and household income change from year to year. Since the amount of tuition assistance given is a reflection of financial need, it makes sense to have each family apply every year.

If a family receives tuition assistance in one school year, can they count on the same amount the next school year?

Tuition assistance granted the previous school year is a part of the tuition assistance rubric. However, tuition assistance given can vary depending on a given year’s budget and the financial status of the school.

Do both parents from a split or blended family need to apply to FACTS?

No, only the parties responsible for paying all or part of tuition need to apply for assistance.

Where does the money for tuition assistance come from?

This may be the most misunderstood concept of financial assistance. No magical pot of money exists for tuition assistance. The money awarded to students and families is an expense line in the yearly budget.

The Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Program is then designed to raise the money needed to turn that line item into a completely funded expense. The Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Program is the ongoing annual appeal for LHS.

We desire 100% of Lutheran High School families to participate in the Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Program, even those who are receiving tuition assistance. 100% of LHS faculty and staff contribute to the program.

We desire even families who are receiving tuition assistance to make a donation to the Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Fund. Lutheran High School is a family that supports each other in all avenues of operation.

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What happens if we do not meet the targeted goal for the Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Fund?

Simply put, raising less than the targeted goal is not an option. That money is needed to meet immediate budgetary needs. If the goal is not met, cuts will need to be made during the school year to stay on budget or a deficit will drag into the next school year. This will result in less money being awarded in tuition assistance the following school year and/or a more drastic raise in tuition.

What happens if the targeted goal for the Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Fund is exceeded?

Money in excess of the targeted goal would be carried forward to the next school year unless overall budget operating expense was higher than anticipated.

Can donations be made to areas other than the Ron Brandhorst Tuition Angel Fund?

As with any non-profit organization or private school, donors can certainly specify how their contributions should be used. The Colorado Lutheran High School Association / Lutheran High School will not say “no” to a specified donation unless it does not support the vision and mission of the organization.

The two primary areas we ask parents of current students to donate towards is the RRR (Recruit and Retain Rockstars) fund which helps us hire and keep the very best teachers, and the Tuition Angel Fund which provides need-verified tuition assistance.

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Is Lutheran High School outside of the norm for how it handles tuition assistance?

No. Similar structures are in place at most Christian high schools nation-wide. In a perfect world, everyone would be able to afford full tuition and fundraising and development could receive less emphasis. Unfortunately, with the current state of the economy and the rising cost of education, that is not the case.

Our community of supporters, alumni, families, and staff together can reach this goal. Mass appeals, the Auction, and face-to-face asks are all used to generate those needed funds.

Along with a donation, what can a family do to help LuHi reach its goal?

The Executive Director is willing to share the vision of Lutheran High School with anyone - anywhere - anytime. Any assistance in connecting with potential future donors is appreciated.

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