Financial Aid

Any parent who desires a Christian education for their children is welcome at Citrus Park Christian School. Citrus Park Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnicity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or may be available to students at the school. Citrus Park Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in admissions policies, scholarship programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs. Prospective parents who desire to enroll their children at Citrus Park Christian School should schedule an enrollment interview with the appropriate Administrator to obtain detailed information regarding the school and programs offered. Students should attend this interview and records of past report cards/transcripts should be brought.

At Citrus Park Christian School, we are committed to the idea that Christian education should be affordable and not a barrier to families dedicated to providing this opportunity for their children. Knowing that tuition-based education can be financially difficult for some families, we have developed the following sources of financial aid:

How Can Private Christian Education Be Made More Affordable for My Family?

Pastoral Discounts
CPCS offers up to a 50% scholarship towards tuition to all full time paid pastoral staff members. Questions about our scholarship program may be directed to our Head of School, Mr. Barry Yellets at byellets@citruspark.org

Scholarship Opportunities
In our mission to partner with parents to provide an education centered around training children to be disciples of Jesus Christ and fostering in children a life-long love for learning in an atmosphere of academic excellence, Citrus Park Christian School has designated funds to assist families that may not be able to totally afford a Christian education for their children on their own. CPCS offers a financial aid program annually to qualifying families who desire a Christian education for their students. This account has limited funds, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

After going through the application and interview process families must demonstrate need by submitting all required financials to FAST – Financial Aid for School Tuition, an independent scholarship qualifying agency used by CPCS. FAST does charge a $43 fee for processing the application. ​Click here to access the web application.

The results of this assessment along with the family’s submission of an Explanation of Need will be the basis of our decision if any or to what level of scholarship will be awarded. The maximum amount awarded is 50% of tuition. Questions about our scholarship program may be directed to Business Manager Mr. Barry Yellets by email at byellets@citruspark.org

Tuition Credit for Student and Host Home Referrals
Families can receive a $150 or a $300 tuition credit for referring any student from a new family (a family whose children have not been enrolled in CPCS the past five years) that enrolls due to their recruitment. Referrals for each K-3 students would receive a $150 tuition credit and referrals for K-12 students would receive a $300 tuition credit. The tuition credit will be applied 50% for the first semester and 50% for the second semester. CPCS offers families another opportunity to receive a $300 tuition credit for referring a family who is willing to be a host home for an international student. If your family refers a family who is willing to host an international student in their home for the school year, and a student is placed in that home, the referring family will receive a $300 tuition credit. Questions about our referral programs may be directed to Business Manager Mr. Trey Bray by email at byellets@citruspark.org

International Host Home Supplement
A ministry opportunity that can provide a cultural experience for your family, give your family the privilege of sharing your Christian beliefs and faith with a student from another country, can also provide some financial assistance with your children’s tuition. Upon being approved as an international host home family and having a student placed in your home for the school year, you will receive a $4000 tuition credit towards your child’s tuition for hosting the international student in your home for the school year August through May. This is in addition to the $5000 you would receive to cover the expenses of the student living in your home for 10 months (parents also have the option of receiving the $9000 instead of having it distributed as described above).

If you are interested in this ministry opportunity you may contact:
Mrs. Charity Thompson
cthompson@citruspark.org ​​
813.920.3960  x 307

Step Up for Students
CPCS accepts this state-sponsored scholarship program. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade may qualify for tuition assistance for a private school based on their parents’ income. Step Up For Students was created to help alleviate the enormous educational challenges faced by children in Florida’s lower income families. The program provides Tax Credit Scholarships to students in K-12. The program was set up to give corporations a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for the money they contributed and to give students a scholarship to a qualifying private school or transportation to an out-of-district public school. The scholarships allow students to consider a participating private school or an out-of-district public school that may better suit their individual needs. Please continue to visit their site for more details on applying. These Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (giving priority to renewal families), so apply early. Guidelines for qualification are given at the website: stepupforstudents.org.

*The awarded amounts of this scholarship will not completely cover the entire CPCS tuition.

The McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program
CPCS accepts the McKay Scholarship for students in grades K-12 with special needs. This scholarship amount varies by need and may cover part or all of CPCS tuition. This is a scholarship sponsored by Florida’s school choice programs that affords the opportunity to special needs students to attend participating private schools. In order to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must also have a 504 Accommodation Plan or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) along with several other eligibility requirements that can be found on the Florida School Choice website.

CPCS presently only services McKay students that can be fully mainstreamed into their grade level classroom in the following areas: Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Impaired, Speech Impaired, and Other Health Impairments. If you have questions concerning the extended services offered to McKay students by CPCS or if you have questions about the McKay Scholarship, please contact our Support Services/Resource Specialist Jamie Murning at jmurning@citruspark.org.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK)
Citrus Park Christian School is a provider of the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK). Parents wishing to enroll in the VPK program should obtain a VPK certificate from the local Early Learning Coalition. You can log on at www.elchc.org to find out more information.

AAA Scholarship Foundation
CPCS accepts this state-sponsored scholarship program.

Their Mission and Vision:
To Provide Economic and Other Assistance to Economically-Disadvantaged Families and Families of Disabled students to Enable Them to Select the Best Schools for Their Children.

Along with Step Up for Students, AAA Scholarship Foundation (a Scholarship Funding Organization – SFO), is approved to administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program and the Gardiner Scholarship. Please contact the SFO to determine the programs they administer.

​Guidelines for qualification are given at the website: www.aaascholarships.org.