Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance, for Kindergarten through twelfth grade, is the monetary assistance provided to reduce educational costs for those families that demonstrate financial need. Need is generally defined as the difference between the school’s educational expenses and a family’s ability to pay those expenses. Cornerstone believes that the family has primary responsibility for financing their children’s education to the extent they are able. However, a limited amount of tuition assistance is available to help families who would otherwise find enrollment impossible. This assistance comes in the form of an outright grant against tuition.

Tuition assistance is not available for our preschool program. We do accept payments from 4-C Community Coordinated Childcare, in DeKalb, for our preschool program if a family is eligible.

Families applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Applicants may apply online by clicking here or on the FACTS icon below. Important: Please read through the steps of Cornerstone’s tuition assistance process below before filling out the FACTS application.



1. If you are a current family, be sure that your school account payments are up to date. For current and new families, it is required that your enrollment forms for the new school year be turned in prior to applying for tuition assistance.

2. Apply for assistance at FACTS online. (You will pay a $30 FACTS application fee).  Cornerstone’s Institution ID number is 20685, or you may search for us by our zip code which is 60178.
Once an online application has been completed, FACTS requires supporting documentation be sent to them either by mail, fax, or uploaded in pdf format online. (Supporting documentation includes copies of your federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules, copies of W-2 forms for both you and your spouse, and any other documentation for Social Security Income, Child Support, etc.)

3. Once FACTS has verified your application, Cornerstone will notify you regarding your tuition assistance. Early application submission is highly encouraged. The Cornerstone Tuition Assistance Committee meets periodically throughout the year to review applications.

4. If awarded tuition assistance, you will be asked to accept your award amount through your online FACTS account. Families who are awarded tuition assistance are asked to give ten service hours at our Cornerstone summer work days. More information regarding summer work days will be given to you with your award letter.

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