Making Education Affordable
LM provides various discounts, merit scholarships for new students (grades 6-12) and need-based financial aid to make Christian education affordable for as many families as possible. More than 40% of LMS students receive some financial aid, totaling approximately $3 million. LM strives to create a comprehensive financial aid package for each family that applies.
Who qualifies for scholarships?
Financial aid funds are distributed based on many factors such as income, family size and expenses. Because Lancaster Mennonite considers many factors in determining financial aid, we require a professional, confidential online financial assessment of all applicants by FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition), an outside agency.
Financial aid requests usually exceed the amount of available funding. Therefore, please note that in order for all qualified students to receive financial aid, you may not receive the full amount for which your student is eligible.
Lancaster Mennonite School participates with the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program. These programs (monitored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) are funded by area businesses that make contributions on behalf of our school to nonprofit organizations.
What will my financial aid package be comprised of?
LM offers a financial aid package: tuition assistance, multiple child discounts and scholarships. The different components of a financial aid package are as follows:
- Tuition Assistance – Students at any campus and at any grade level who qualify for financial aid after submitting an application to Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST).
- Multiple Child Discount – Discounts are given for additional children enrolled at any campus of Lancaster Mennonite School.
- Partner Church Scholarships – Partner Church Scholarships are provided to students from congregations that financially support Lancaster Mennonite School. Contact your pastor to see if your student qualifies for a partner church scholarship.
- Merit Scholarships are awarded to new students in grades 6-12 who exhibit excellent academic potential and good citizenship.
- Work Aid – Students in grades 9-12 who need additional aid can arrange to work for the school during one period of the eight periods in the school day.
How to apply
The Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program provides a need-based financial aid analysis service that includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential. Upon approval by the school, financial aid offers are then sent to families. You must reapply each year. (See Financial Assistance Policy.)
- The online application process is self-guided. You can partially complete an application and go back to it at another time. If you have questions, FAST provides online e-mail and a 24/7 help line in Spanish and English: 1-877-326-FAST
- All your financial information should be entered directly through the secure server. See information you need to complete the application for financial aid.
- The charge for the application is $43. This fee must be paid by credit card at the end of the session. If you do not have a credit card, please call Lancaster Mennonite School (717-740-2431) for assistance.
- Copies of your tax forms for the past year will be needed in order to comply with state regulations. After completing the online application you will be required to submit your signed tax returns for both state and federal taxes with all required schedules, W-2 forms. You can scan documents and then submit them through the FAST website or mail hard copies in special large envelopes addressed to FAST (available from all campus offices).
- Families with students currently enrolled in Lancaster Mennonite School should apply by April 1 to receive favorable consideration for financial aid. New families may apply at any time.
For scholarships through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program or the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC), a qualified scholarship organization, monitored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, must review the financial information provided by families seeking grants. To receive an EITC or OSTC Scholarship, you must complete an Application for Scholarship. This application must be submitted to FAST.
NOTE: The applications for financial aid and scholarships are NOT applications for admission. You must complete a seperate Application for Admission for new students.
Pre-K Counts (separate from Financial Aid Package)
Lancaster Mennonite School has received a Pre-K Counts needs-based grant that benefits students who qualify and are selected for the grant by providing full tuition, daily snacks and lunch. This grant is funded by the state as an initiative to have as many students as possible receive the opportunity to attend a quality Pre-K program. LM’s program provides a Christ-centered education and serves students in Mount Joy (Kraybill Campus), East Lampeter Township (Locust Grove Campus), New Danville Campus, and Lancaster City (Saint James School, Parish House).
The qualifications to be considered for the Pre-K Counts grant include:
- Family income must be at or below 300% of poverty level (See chart below.)
- The student must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017.
- The student must attend school full time (5 days a week).
- Additional considerations include risk factors such as English Language Learner, incarcerated parent, homelessness, teen mother, etc.
If you meet at least the first three qualifications listed above, you are invited to submit a Pre-K Counts Enrollment Form and submit your 2016 Federal Tax Return or W2 forms to Diane Brubaker in the Financial Aid Office at Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. Application does not guarantee acceptance for Pre-K Counts since there are limited slots. Grants will be awarded by May 15, 2017.
Families who are not granted a Pre-K Counts Grant are invited to apply for financial aid.
2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (300% of Poverty Level)
Lancaster Mennonite School admits students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally made available to all students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and athletic or other school-administered programs.