Rates and Fees
2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Registration Fee (non-refundable/non-transferable): $50.00 (by May 1st)
Late Registration Fee: $75.00 (after May 1st).
There is an annual registration fee per student. This is a non-refundable and non-transferable fee. This helps defray administration expenses and supply fees. In addition, the fee also informs the office of any available class openings. For returning students, early registration will be open mid-January through the end of January. For those who register during this time, the fee will be $40.00 (this guarantees the student a space in September). From February until May 1st, the fee will be $50.00, with a first come, first served spacing; and $75.00 if a student registers after May 1st.
Book Fees AND ACTIVITIES FEES (estimation only)
This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Child care is available before school from 7:30 AM and after school until 6:30 PM for an additional $200.00 per month or at the hourly rate of $5.00 per hour, $2.50 per half-hour.
Financial Commitment and Statement of Cooperation Forms
Each family must sign and return to the school office the Financial Commitment and the Statement of Cooperation forms. The financial obligation to pay tuition and all fees rests solely with the parent. Also, the Statement of Cooperation informs parents that they must fully support all school policies contained within the Parent Handbook, as well as all paperwork distributed on Orientation Day. Students will not be allowed to attend school until these forms have been signed and returned to the school office. We require both parents’ signatures on these forms, if applicable.
Kindergarten Snack Fee
For your convenience, we prepare snacks for the Kindergarteners. At mid-morning each day, the children will be served a snack. A $5.00 monthly snack fee has already been included in the tuition.
Metuchen Christian Academy’s tuition is based on an annual fee for 180 school days. For parents’ convenience, we have a ten-month payment plan established through SmartTuition financial institution. SMART is a company that has been helping parents with tuition payments for over 20 years without ever having one case of identity theft. Tuition will be automatically withdrawn from the parent’s chosen account each month and is paid one month in advance. The parent needs to decide which one of Four dates would be more convenient for them: 1st of each month; 8th of each month; 15th of each month; or 22nd of each month. Every parent MUST enroll with SMART. The only exception is if the parent pays tuition in full by July 1st (4% discount) or August 1st (3% discount).
Event Participation Points
Each family is required to earn 250 points per school year. Throughout the year (beginning in August with our Workday), we will offer many “events” where the school will need your help. Each event will be worth 10 points unless otherwise noted. (If a parent wants to volunteer to help a teacher during class time, it is worth 10 points). If parents cannot earn the entire amount of points, they will be allowed to make up the difference monetarily; each point is worth $1.00 totaling $250.00. Please make sure to notify the office each time you volunteer your services for the school. Only those points earned in the month of June are transferable for the next school year. Parents who earn more than 250 points are donating their service to the school and are doing it out of gratitude for MCA.
The book fee is due June 1st and is non-refundable and non-transferable. There will be a $10.00 late fee per family if the book fee is one day late. If the book fee has not been paid by the last day of school, there will be an additional $10.00 late fee. These fees will also apply to those students who currently attend MCA but have not registered for the upcoming school year. Any parents, who have not ordered their child’s books by June 2nd will be required to purchase a full set. Used books will not be accepted after June 2nd. Refer to the Parent Handbook for further information.
Tuition for Full-Time Extended Care
Full-time extended care tuition is based on 180 school days and must be paid one month in advance. If a parent uses extended care from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, the daily fee would be $17.50. Since there are 180 school days, this would make the total annual fee of $3,150.00, which comes out to $315.00 per month (based on 10 months). However, we only charge $200.00 per month which saves parents $1150.00 per year (37% discount). Because of these savings, families who decide to go full-time must remain full-time for the entire school year. Please remember, for parents’ convenience, our fees are based on 180 school days and then divided into 10 monthly payments. Even though there are fewer days in December, April, and June, for consistency, we charge the same amount each month. Parents cannot withdraw from full- time extended care during these months if they have been using it regularly.
Frequently used Extended Care Fees
Regularly and/or frequently used Extended Care must be paid in advance and must be included in each month’s tuition payment. Parents who occasionally use extended care must deposit $50.00 into their account prior to using the service. When a pattern of occasional use evolves, it will be requested by the bookkeeper to estimate, in advance, what amount will be included with the tuition. It is preferred to estimate monthly the amount that will be used when a parent’s working schedule fluctuates. If the estimated amount is not used in its’ entirety, a credit will be carried over towards the next month’s balance.
Occasionally Used Extended Care Fee
All parents who occasionally use our extended care program must deposit $50.00 into their account before using this service. Once the account is down to $10.00, an additional $50.00 must be deposited in order to continue to use extended care.