HOW CAN I AFFORD TO SEND MY KIDS TO RIDGEFIELD?

The Real Question is...How Can You Afford Not To?

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By the time your child graduates, they will have spent 15,000 hours in school. What happens in those hours lays the foundation for your child’s future. Who they hear. What they are taught. Their school experience today influences who they will become tomorrow. 

Christian education is a long-term investment in your child’s academic and spiritual future. Every day is an opportunity for growth and development. By equipping their minds and shaping their hearts with a Biblical worldview, their future is wide-open and ready for the life God has for them!

Keep reading to see how we can help…

Arkansas Educational Freedom Accounts

We are now participating in the EFA program established in 2022 by the LEARNS Act. Eligible families for 2024-25 can use EFA funds toward the cost of tuition here at RCS, making the cost of private education even more accessible! 

Helping fund your child's education

High-quality Christian education is costly and we understand the strain this cost puts on families. Ridgefield Christian School is committed to ensuring that any student who needs to be here doesn’t miss out because of financial constraint. RCS participates in both EFAs and the ACE Scholarship program. Additional financial aid is available based on family financial need. 

Talk to our Admissions team today. Don’t assume that the cost of Christian education is out of reach!

Outside Funding Sources

Educational Freedom Accounts (EFAs)

RCS participates in the LEARNS Act Arkansas Educational Freedoms Account program. EFAs fund up to 90% of the state’s annual educational per-student allocation ($6,800 in 2024).

Not all families are eligible yet for using EFAs. The program becomes universal in 2025-26. Eligible participants for 2024-25: 1st time Kindergarten, military (active, reservists, veterans), first responders/law enforcement, enrolled previous year at an ‘F’ or ‘D’ rated public school, current or former foster care, diagnosed disability under IDEA, or received EFA funds in 2023.

Participating families enroll and set up their account through the state’s EFA Portal. Families are responsible for fees and any remaining balance.

ACE Scholarships

ACE provides donor-funded K-12 scholarships based on household/family income and availability of funds. Standard ACE awards are $2,000 for K-8 and $3,000 for high school, capped at 50% of private school tuition, yet may vary dependent upon unique circumstances. All families are encouraged to apply.

ACE 2024-25 Financial Guidelines
PERSONS IN Family/HOUSEHOLDMaximum Household Income
2$71,450
3$90,370
4$109,200
5$128,030
6$148,860
7$165,690
8$184,520
9$203,350
10$222,180
For households with >10 persons, add $5,380 for each add'l person

Financial Aid

Financial Aid FAQs

Does RCS accept school choice funds?

Yes, RCS now participates in the Arkansas Educational Freedom Accounts program. See information above for more details or go to the state EFA site to apply.

What kind of assistance is available?

The two main sources of funding are Arkansas Educational Freedom Accounts and ACE Scholarships. EFAs are available on a limited basis for the 2024-25 school year, but become universal for all students in 2025-26.

There are a variety of scholarships available depending on family situations. See the Scholarships section for specifics. Most families who apply receive something.

Who may receive tuition assistance?

Any family may apply for assistance and is encouraged to do so if finances are an obstacle to attending. We are committed to the principle that any family who needs to be at RCS can do so regardless of financial need.

Do I have to do a separate application for each of my children?

No, only one application per family is required. The outside application process takes into account the cost of ALL educational expenses in the family, including those of students attending other schools, enrolled in college, childcare or daycare expenses, etc.

Award is allocated per child but based on a single family application.

What if our income is too high but there are other circumstances we are facing?

We understand that life sometimes happens. There is a place in the application to provide personal, written narrative or explanations for the committee to consider. The aid processor does not review that information. It simply returns a recommended award amount based on an algorithm and the financial numbers provided in your tax forms. However, the final decision about the aid award belongs to the school and all other personal information provided to the committee in the application is taken into account. The personal, human factor is very important to RCS.

Why does RCS require a financial aid application separate from admissions?

As a private school, RCS relies primarily on tuition supplemented by donations and grants in order to operate our program. Money for financial aid is not unlimited. However, our vision is that any student who needs to be enrolled at RCS be able do so without finances being the obstacle. As a group committed to biblical stewardship, we want to allocate our resources (financial aid dollars) as responsibly as possible. To ensure that our policies or programs that provide financial assistance of any form to families is fair, transparent, and effective, we use an outside, third-party application agency. This process helps us better assess and verify a family’s financial eligibility and need, which, in turn, lets us make the best decision we can as a school as to what aid to provide. This approach allows us to be the best stewards we can be of our financial resources while continuing to support families who need help.