Variable Tuition

Helping to make Christian education obtainable.

About Variable Tuition

Through the donations of many, we are able to offer this service to families who would otherwise not be able to send their children to Riverside Christian School.

After fundraising and generous donations, RCS typically provides over $200,000 to supplement tuition for families with children in grades K-12, unable to fit the base tuition into their budget. 

If your total tuition for grades K-12 exceeds 10% of your family total income, and you will not be able to afford your full tuition payments, please consider applying for the RCS Variable Tuition Program through the Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) Service.


FAST provides a need-based financial aide analysis to RCS which includes a recommendation of what your family should be able to reasonably contribute toward tuition. FAST does not decide whether Variable Tuition will be give, nor does it decide how much will be given.


Your FAST report is reviewed by the RCS Variable Tuition Committee and the variable tuition rate is then determined for your family. All information from FAST is kept strictly confidential.

How do I apply?

( Hint - it's easy! )

You will first need to enroll your child at Riverside. After your child has completed the application and enrollment process, you will receive an email stating enrollment is complete, the acceptance letter. Within this email is a link to apply for Variable Tuition.

Through this link you will be able to pay your application fee (non-refundable fee of $45), input your data figures, and upload the required documents.

How does it work?

Once the FAST application is submitted, the review committee will  meet and contact you to discuss any further circumstances that may need. Our Variable Tuition award process is not a hard and fast, yes and no kind of thing. The Variable Tuition takes the whole picture into account ensuring to give each family the best chance at providing a Christian education. 


If you are awarded Variable Tuition, and you still find you are not able to make the payments work in your budget we will refund all fees possible (minus non-refundable fees, approx. $95 for a single child family).


Any family (current or new) with a child(ren) enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade may 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. The resources available for the family in a given year must also be considered in light of the Variable Tuition awards available at Riverside Christian School.  However, of those who apply will not exceed tuition costs more than 10% of the family’s adjusted gross income.

FAQ: Variable Tuition

What if I can not afford the Application Fee ($45)?

If you are not able to afford the application fee, please stop into the office and let us know of your need. We do not want an application fee to stand in the way of your childs’ education.

Who qualifies for Variable Tuition?

Families whose tuition exceeds 10% of their income and demonstrate a financial need. Reasonable living expenses are taken into account during the review process.

What does Variable Tuition cover?

How is Variable Tuition Billed?

We offer two plans with Variable Tuition. A 10-month plan and a 12-month plan.

Each month you will receive a bill with the amount due, plus any lunches, before and after school fees. this email will be sent to you in the beginning week of the month and will withdrawal from your bank account around the 15th of the month. Should you need to make other arrangements for payment you’ll need to be in contact with the business office.

What if I’m not able to make the Variable Tuition payments, after the school year begins?

If a time arises you are not able to make your monthly payment please call the office and speak with our business office. 

Find out if riverside is the place for your student.

Cindy Waind


Cindy Waind has served has the principal of Riverside Christian School for the past 5 years.  She leads our team with 15 years of prior teaching experience as a 1st grade teacher.  Her love of Jesus shines through as an effective and admired leader by the faculty and staff of the school.  

Her daily morning routine is to walk the halls of Riverside to pray for each and every student and teacher.  

The school is blessed to have a caring, compassionate, and faithful principal like Cindy Waind.