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Tuition Assistance

Classical and Christian education is a wonderful opportunity, but comes with a cost. If God is calling you to Morning Star Academy he will provide through a number of means. There are a number of ways you can offset your tuition costs.

Heart of Iowa School Tuition Organization (STO) Scholarship

We ask all Iowa family residents in need of tuition assistance to first apply to the Heart of Iowa STO. The Heart of Iowa STO is a scholarship organization serving thirteen Iowa Christian schools including Morning Star Academy. The scholarship organization is funded by individuals and businesses who promote school choice through the STO tax credit program. A family can apply for a scholarship if they meet the following state determined income guidelines:

Household Size

Total Income Limit

Federal 1040 Tax Return Line 22

2

$49,380

3

$62,340

4

$75,300

5

$88,260

6

$101,220

7

$114,180

8

$127,140

Each Additional Person

+$12,960

To apply for a Heart of Iowa STO scholarship please complete the STO application and return it to the business office.

Morning Star Financial Aid

Morning Star Academy's financial aid program is need-based. Parents bear the foremost responsibility for providing for their child(ren)'s education.  Private Christian education will always require commitment and sacrifice on the part of the parents. If a family desires a classical and Christian education for their child(ren), we want to make it possible. We use an independent agency called FACTS to assess families' financial needs. FACTS will make a recommendation to the school regarding scholarships. Morning Star Academy administrators reviews their recommendations and grants funds accordingly. Financial aid is available for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Multi-student discounts are also awarded through the FACTS process – students in first through twelfth grade are considered towards the multi-student discount.

Financial Aid Application Process

1. Complete the confidential FACTS Grant and Aid application. For returning families, the financial aid deadline is April 15.  Financial aid requests for families new to our school will be considered as they enroll.   The cost of the FACTS application is $30 per year. Families must re-apply each year.  The application is also necessary if a multi-student discount is desired.

2. Mail or fax supporting documentation to FACTS.

Supporting documentation includes:

  • Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
  • Copies of W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers' Compensation, and TANF.

Documentation can be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

3. Morning Star Academy's administrators will review the FACTS report and make the final financial aid decisions. Financial Aid application information is held strictly confidential by the administration. These decisions will be reported to families who have applied for financial aid starting during the month of May. For families receiving financial aid, the $30 application fee will be reimbursed in the total financial aid package.

4. Scholarship grants are made from the total available funds based on the following criteria, taking into account priority towards the families with greatest need.  Priority is also given to teachers and staff. 

1. Tuition obligation % of family income available after core expenses.

2. Number of children attending M.S.A.

3. Fulfillment of prior year financial commitments to M.S.A.

4. Heavy indebtedness or other special circumstances precipitated by business, personal loss or extensive medical costs.

SCRIP Credit

Through the SCRIP program you can earn credit on your tuition account. You do so by purchasing gift cards to your favorite merchants (e.g. HyVee) through ShopWithScrip.com. When store gift cards are purchased at ShopWithScrip.com, Scrip discounts the cards to Morning Star Academy. A significant percentage of the rebates earned are then passed directly back to the Morning Star family in the form of tuition credits. Families may also recruit others to buy SCRIP and designate their rebates to be applied to the student of their choice. Please check with the business office for more information and the current rebate percentage.

Transportation Credit (Iowa only)

The State of Iowa offers some transportation reimbursement for K-12 students.  To receive reimbursement for transporting your child(ren) to Morning Star, a parent will file with the public school district of residence twice a year. The amount of reimbursement will vary each year, but this past year it was approximately $200/child/semester for a maximum of three children in grades K - 8 and one child in high school per family.  It is definitely worth your time to submit the request.

The reimbursement checks will come directly to families sometime in the July-September timeframe.  You will file twice each school year but the State only mails the reimbursement checks once each year.

Tuition Credit (Iowa only)

You may be able to claim up to $250 for tuition and textbook payments on your State of Iowa income tax return. Ask your accountant for more information.