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Tuition and Fees | Financial Aid

Welcome! At the bottom of this page you will find our Tuition Rates and Fees, but along the way, you will see all the ways you can make life as an Eagle affordable! The main way our families fund their students Christian Education is through Tax Credit Scholarships. The second way is through our DCS Tuition Assistance Program.

One thing you will definitely want to take advantage of are our Tax Credit plus Tuition Assistance Program Workshops. We offer these free workshops monthly and they are a great resource!

Tax Credit Scholarships

Desert Christian is a private school. We do not receive funding from the state. We do our very best to keep the cost of tuition down. All of our expenses are paid by tuition and fundraising.

Since 1997 we in the State of Arizona have been blessed with the Tuition Tax Credit Program. In 2015 Arizona's Tax Credit Law was ranked Number One in the Nation by the Center for Education Reform! Tax Credits give Christian parents true "school choice", making Christian education affordable!

Historically 75% of our students received some form of tax credit scholarship funding. 30% of those students were fully funded by tax credit scholarships! Are you taking advantage of this program? Are you redirecting your state taxes to this program?

Four (4) Types of Tax Credit Scholarships

Original Individual - Financial Need Based or Recommended

  • All K - 12 students may apply for these funds
  • This is where you seek donors, develop your donor base, and have the potential to get 100% funding

Plus/Switcher/Overflow Scholarships - Financial Need Based or Recommended

  • New students coming from Arizona public schools
  • Kindergarten students
  • Dependent of active military parent stationed in Arizona
  • Previous Low-Income Corporate, Displaced/Disabled or PLUS Awards recipients

Low-Income Corporate Scholarships

  • New students coming from Arizona public school
  • Kindergarten students
  • Dependent of active military parent stationed in Arizona
  • Previous Original, PLUS, Low-Income Corporate, and Displaced/Disabled Award recipients

Displaced/Disabled Scholarships

  • Children who were fostered or adopted from the Arizona foster care system
  • Children with disabilities with Arizona IEP, MET, or 504 plan

DCS tuition assistance program

New to Desert Christian Schools is our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). On this page you will find all ways and steps you can take to making life as an Eagle more affordable!

We suggest you start by watching our TAP Video and downloading the TAP Checklist. Next follow the "How to Apply for Financial Aid" Steps 1-4. If at any point you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at 520-901-5499 or

Desert Christian School will be hosting Tax Credit plus Tuition Assistance Program Workshops once a month. These workshops will explain how to apply for, how to give, and how to raise funds using the Tax Credits and the Tuition Assistance Program to help pay for private school. This is available for you or someone you know who is interested in this program or would like more information.

The following dates have been scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year. This year Desert will host evening and morning workshop. Please see the lists below for dates and locations. Feel free to bring family and friends. Everyone can benefit from this information.

Tax Credit Evening Workshops

Location: Desert Christian High School: 7525 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85710

  • Tuesday, September 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 6th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 7th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

>> This workshop (2/7) will be held on our Wrightstown Campus | 9415 E. Wrightstown

  • Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Tax Credit Breakfast Workshops

Location: Desert Christian Wrightstown Campus: 9415 E. Wrightstown Rd. Tucson, AZ 85715

  • Thursday, October 11th, 7:30 - 8:30 am
  • Thursday, May 2th, 7:30 - 8:30 am

PLEASE NOTE: The Institute for Better Education (IBE) will be present at every workshop, along with Desert Christian School employees to answer questions. The 2nd portion of each workshop will cover information on our DCS Tuition Assistance Program and will be presented by our Headmaster, Dr. Travis or Admissions Director, Andrew Riebe.

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How to Apply For Financial Aid


(K-12 Only. PS Skip to Step Two)

DCS Families applying for financial aid must provide evidence that Arizona Tax Credit or Empowerment Scholarship Account opportunities have been maximized for children entering K-12.

Submit to the Headmaster's Office copies of applications to at least two State Tuition Organizations, along with evidence of requesting Tax Credit donations by family members and friends (e.g. copies of letters). ESA applicants are to provide a copy of their application to the AZ Department of Education.

Step Two

Complete the confidential online Tuition Assistance Application at https:/, using DCS school number 11136. A $30 application fee is required (waivers may be available at the discretion of the Headmaster). If the applicant is awarded financial aid, then a $30 credit will be applied to their school account.

Step Three

Submit the Tuition Assistance Program Checklist (located above under the video) and all required material to the Business Office, to notify them you are applying for Tuition Assistance.

Within 3-5 days of completing the online application, CFS will provide the Headmaster's Office a confidential FACT Report (Family Anticipated Contribution Total) from which the level of tuition aid will be determined.

Step Four

The Headmaster's Office will communicate to the applicant the level of financial aid awarded within 7 to 10 days from the receipt of the FACT report.

Tuition Rates and Fees


4-5 Year Old Programs

- Bilingual - Five Full Days (8:00 to 2:30 pm): $6,750 (10 monthly payments of $675)

- 5 Days/Week (8:00 to 11:50 am): $4,988.00 (10 monthly payments of $498.80)

3-4 Year Old Programs

- 5 Days/Week (8:00 to 11:50 am): $4,988.00 (10 monthly payments of $498.80)

4 Days/Week (8:00 to 11:50 am) : $4,410.00 (10 monthly payments of $441.00)

3 Days/Week (8:00 to 11:50 am): $3,675.00 (10 monthly payments of $367.50)

Registration: $249.40 | $220.50 | $183.75 (1/2 of first month's tuition)

Application Fee: $50.00 (New students only)

Elementary School

Grades K-5: $8,158.00 (10 monthly statements of $815.80)

Registration: $407.90 (1/2 of first month's tuition)

Application Fee: $50.00 (new students only)

Middle School

Grades 6-8: $10,100.00 (10 monthly payments of $1,010.00)

Registration: $505.00 (1/2 of first month's tuition)

Application Fee: $50.00 (new students only)

High School

Grades 9-12: $11,335.00 (10 monthly payments of $1,133.50)

Registration: $566.75 (1/2 of first month's tuition)

Application Fee: $50.00 (new students only)