Programs to Reduce Tuition Cost
SCRIP – Gift Cards
Scrip is a term that means “substitute money”. The Great Lakes Scrip Center acts on behalf of GCS to purchase large amounts of scrip from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the scrip is purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Our organization buys the scrip from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to families like yours for full face value. The discount ‑ from two to fifteen percent or more – is our organization’s revenue which is split with you as a GCS family. Money earned by your family is taken off of your tuition or other school function fees! See our SCRIP page for more information.
Family Service Program – New 2020-2021 School Year
The Family Service Program is designed to bring families of the school together to improve and enhance our students’ education. Through the efforts of our families we will be able to provide a better support system for our students as well as providing needed services that will help offset tuition.
Each family with a 1st through 12th grade student will have the opportunity to earn a tuition discount by volunteering for various qualifying activities. Each family can earn $10 per unit of service up to $200 for families with 1-2 enrolled students, plus $100 per child for families with 3 or more students.
There are many areas of service from which to choose, some of which your family may already be involved! Your family’s service units will be posted on a monthly basis in your RenWeb Family Portal. This will allow you to easily track your accumulated units of service for the current school year. Discounts earned will be applied to your family account annually. Please see Family Service Program Flyer for qualifying activities.
Tuition Credit Incentive Program
Families may receive a tuition credit up to $350 for referring new families to GCS. See the Tuition Credit Coupon for more information.
Student Aid Program
New Families to GCS- Please make an appointment for an interview with a building principal before applying for financial aid.
GCS accepts financial aid applications through FACTS Management Company. The FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment program is an external tuition grant program that provides GCS with a fair and confidential need assessment. Both reenrolling and new families are welcome to apply. Reenrolling families must complete online enrollment to be considered for financial assistance.
Families applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FACTS information sheet) by May 1. Applicants can apply online early in March, at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3YT7R. New families must complete the Initial Admission Requirements at GCS prior to applying for assistance. Once an online application for tuition assistance has been completed, the following information will need to be uploaded to FACTS to complete the application process:
1. Copies of your most recent Federal income tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
2. Copies of the most recent W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
3. Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.
All supporting documentation can be uploaded in PDF format online.
Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment program charges a $40 fee in order to evaluate a family’s tuition need. Grants given will not exceed 50% of the overall tuition. Tuition assistance amounts vary according to need and most assistance given will offset tuition by 5%-20%.
Notification of grant award will be given via email on or before June 15.