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Variable Tuition

Think you can’t afford a private education? Think again!


Variable Tuition

Because we believe enrollment at RCLS should not be limited to families who can afford to pay full tuition, RCLS offers a Variable Tuition program to ensure a Christian education is available to as many as possible. 

Every student at RCLS benefits from the support that is collectively provided through our Association churches: Grace, Holy Cross, and Trinity Lutheran Churches. We are also grateful for additional gifts and donations from The Grace Foundation and the generous RCLS community.

These effectively lower the tuition rate from the full cost per K-8 student to $8,900 for the 2023-24 school year.

Families who choose to apply for Variable Tuition may expect to pay between $4,450-8,900 per student. Tuition payments may be made monthly. 

SCRIP Credits for Tuition

Families can contribute toward tuition payments by participating in the SCRIP Credits program. SCRIP is a gift certificate that can be used like cash. Certificates are available for many national chains as well as local stores. Click on the link below for a complete listing of SCRIP options. When you buy a certificate from the SCRIP program, a rebate, which varies depending on the vendor, is granted to the school. For example, HyVee offers a 3% rebate, while Old Navy offers a 14% rebate. There are hundreds of participating vendors, most of which are stores your family likely frequents: Panera, Papa Murphy’s, Culvers, Kwik Trip, Home Depot, Famous Footwear, and many more. You might even find that your veterinarian or favorite local shop participates through RACS, a system of Rochester-area vendors. This is a great way to support RCLS, but it is ALSO an advantage to families because 70% of the rebate RCLS receives is granted to the purchaser as tuition credit for the following school year. That means that a portion of your planned purchases of grocery, gas, and school clothes can serve as credits toward tuition. Consider the following example:

Scrip Credits Example



Application Fee:  $150/student 

Elective Curricular and Extracurricular Activity Fees:

     Band (grades 4-8): $250

     Activity Fees (athletics, arts): Varies, $25-75/activity

Hot Lunch Program: $3.75/meal for all Preschool-Grade 8 students. The federal government's free and reduced-price lunch program is available to RCLS students.

Early Childhood Tuition

RCLS's Stepping Stones program offers a range of days and programming. Tuition assistance is not offered for Preschool and Prekindergarten classes, but tuition varies based on selected programming. See the ECDC page for more information.