In the past 5 years Christian school tuition has gone up nearly 20%. In the same five years inflation has taken the CPI up only 5.87%, and the cost per child for public school education has increased by only a few dollars.
The average Christian school tuition in 2015 was $9,831. Public school spending per student (different from the amount given to the school per student) was $10,700. The state with the lowest Christian school tuition? Nebraska ($3,759) The highest? Connecticut ($22,199).
SchoolSurveys.Org has been conducting surveys for Christian schools and school associations for over 20 years. As we pour over the data, we wonder: Is there much of a difference between schools with low tuition compared to schools with high tuition?
Comparing schools with tuition in the top half and the lower half, we find that schools with lower tuition are:
So which is it?
Are larger, more stable schools able to charge more for tuition? Or do schools that charge more for tuition just grow larger? Honestly, we have seen it happen both ways. One thing is sure – once tuition levels have been established, raising them is scary and challenging. It is sometimes successful, sometimes disastrous, and almost always beset with heated discussions, impassioned pleas and strong reactions.
That is why it is so important to make these decisions based on solid facts and professional counsel.
One of our survey clients recently wrote us saying:
"We so appreciate the excellent service you provide for Christian schools. This will be our third survey cycle with your company. It is very important to us that you make … observations and comparisons using the history of our school’s previous surveys as a basis for your analysis."
"The information you shared with us … helped our board make some major decisions about tuition and salaries. The recommendation you shared with us proved to be absolutely true.
… we increased tuition by 9.2% for three years and raised our salaries from 65% of public school to 82.7% in those 3 years. During that time we also increased tuition assistance from $80,000 per year to $225,000 per year. All of this was accomplished without losing enrollment."
In addition to the other extremely useful Decision-Making Summaries (R) found in our written analysis of a school survey, the Tuition Summary has proven itself to be invaluable to administrators who truly desire to make solid, business-like and informed decisions about tuition and tuition assistance.
Whether you use a professional survey, like those provided by SchoolSurveys.Org, or whether you figure it out on your own, ensure that you are making an informed decision based on objective data.
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