Don’t allow the tuition cost intimidate you and prevent you from making the best decision for your child.
You can afford a quality Christian education! Let us show you how!
At SMAcademy of Integrated Arts, we aim to offer tuition assistance also referred to as a
Need-Based Tuition program. With generous gifts from our Angel donors, annual giving
campaigns and supporting partners of our fundraisers, students have an opportunity to have
standard tuition cost offset by up to an average of 30% to 50%. SMAcademy staff will not know
financial circumstance and therefore will not make a decision on your behalf. Instead, the
financials are handled by a third party and are confidential. How cool is that?
How Variable Tuition works?
Prospective families will have their tuition rates matched to their
unique financial position. Based on a confidential financial profile submitted online, the third
party will confirm your unique tuition. No two families’ situations are the same, therefore,
SMAcademy of Integrated Arts knows that one size (tuition) does not fit all.
What is Variable Tuition?
Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many
private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced
tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. Thus, this makes a SMAcademy
education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school
community. As a result, our students represent a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds,
enhancing the learning experience for every SMAcademy student.
How does Variable Tuition work?
Any family can apply for Variable Tuition. Many factors are considered when determining the
tuition amount a family is able to pay, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size
of the family.
Should every new SMAcademy family submit an application for Variable Tuition?
No. Only families who feel that they are not able to pay full tuition should submit an application.
Do I need to apply for Variable Tuition every year?
Yes. A new application must be submitted every year.
If I do not qualify for the program this year, can I apply again next year?
Yes. A family that does not qualify is welcome to reapply the following year.
Do I need to apply for admission separately from applying for Variable Tuition?
Yes. For new and returning students, an application for admission to the school must be
submitted before an application for Variable Tuition.
Will applying for Variable Tuition hurt my student’s chance of being admitted to the school?
No. Admission applications and Variable Tuition applications are evaluated separately, and an
application for Variable Tuition has no bearing on the admission process.
What kind of economic situation is typical of a family who qualifies for Variable Tuition?
A wide range of families with a variety of circumstances can qualify for the program, from those
who are able to pay close to full tuition to those who are able to contribute minimally. Many
factors are evaluated, including income, assets, unusual expenses, and the size of the family.
Are some families awarded full tuition?
No. Every family is required to make a financial investment in their child’s education. Our
commitment to providing Variable Tuition means that we are sharing in that investment with you.
No family will receive more than a 50% award on tuition.
Are all admitted students offered Variable Tuition if the family qualifies?
No. Unfortunately, the school does not have the ability to offer Variable Tuition to every student
who qualifies for both admission and Variable Tuition. A student may be admitted to the school
but placed on a waiting list for Variable Tuition. Students may attend school on the Standard
Tuition Cost while on the waiting list for Variable Tuition. All payment and school policies will