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Financial Aid

Affordable Tuition

DCS is committed to offering affordable tuition rates, while maintaining the low student-teacher ratios, high curriculum standards, and hands-on educational experience you expect from a private school. Like many other private schools, DCS tuition is intentionally set below the full cost needed to operate the school. This helps keep DCS more affordable to a wider range of families. The DCS Annual Fund then allows our school community (parents, friends, extended family, local businesses and other DCS partners) to make up the deficit through tax-deductible donations.

Financial Assistance Programs

If you are in need of financial assistance to help make DCS tuition even more affordable, funds may be available to you through the methods below. You may apply for both. If you have any questions about our financial assistance programs below, please contact us.

 
Each fiscal year, DCS sets aside 10% of every non-designated donated dollar to be used for financial aid.
 
DCS utilizes “FACTS Grant and Aid Management” to provide a financial aid assessment. When your confidential FACTS application is completed, FACTS assesses the financial needs of the applicant, and provides a recommendation to DCS on the level of financial assistance.
 
DCS will weigh very heavily the FACTS scoring and recommendations of each application, but reserve the right to allocate funds based on factors outside of the FACTS process.
 
How to apply:
  • Step 2: Submit the FACTS application for financial aid prior to March 15. Note: There is a non-refundable fee for the financial aid assessment of $40 which is payable directly to FACTS in their application process.
What happens after applications are received?
After March 15, DCS will prayerfully review the requests for financial aid, and communicate decisions to families by April 1, along with admissions decisions.
 
Applications for financial aid received after March 15 may be considered if financial aid funds are still available. However, once financial aid funds are distributed to families, additional funds may or may not become available until the following fiscal year. It is best to submit applications early.
 
DCS participates in the Pay It Forward scholarship program which provides scholarships for private pre-K through 12th grade students to attend any accredited private school in Georgia.
 
Pay It Forward scholarships are funded by the Georgia Qualified Education Expense (GA QEE) Tax Credit program.
 
How to apply:
  • Step 2: Submit the Pay It Forward application for a scholarship prior to their deadline. There is no fee to apply for the Pay It Forward scholarship:
    • For the 2022-2023 school year: Pay It Forward applications must be submitted by December 31, 2021
    • For the 2023-2024 school year: Pay It Forward applications must be submitted by December 31, 2022.
What happens after applications are received?
Pay It Forward will notify families of their awarded scholarship amount no later than April 15.
 
After DCS admissions decisions are communicated, enrolled DCS families must then notify Pay It Forward to release the awarded scholarship funds to DCS to apply toward their DCS tuition for the upcoming school year.