Tuition, ESA & Financial Aid

Tuition, ESA & Financial Aid

If you want your student to attend Hillcrest, there will be a way to make it happen.

-Stacy Ropp Miller, Hillcrest Parent

As a parent, you understand how important it is for your child to receive a faith-based education rooted in Jesus Christ that prepares them for college, career, and beyond. You want them to attend a school where they will be challenged academically, as well as supported socially and emotionally.

A private school can offer your child rigorous academics and a wealth of enrichment opportunities for learning, serving, and leading. But you might wonder how enrolling at a private Christian school will affect your family’s budget, or perhaps you’re not even sure if you can afford it.

Affording a Hillcrest Academy Education

Education Savings Account

In the State of Iowa, education funding is available for K-12 students who choose to attend private schools. Parents who choose to enroll their eligible children in an accredited nonpublic school will receive an amount equal to the per pupil funding allocated to public school districts for the same budget school year. Funds will be deposited into an Education Savings Account (ESA) to be used for tuition, fees, and other qualified education expenses as specified in the legislation. Parents are responsible for managing the student’s funds which may be used to cover tuition, fees and other qualified education expenses.

Have a question about your Education Savings Account? We at Hillcrest Academy, are committed to keeping you informed regarding your ESA. Check out our FAQ page for more information. 

Financial Aid

The easiest way to find out what high school tuition will look like for your family is to start your Financial Aid Management application. Documents are required after submitting your application, and there is a $35 application fee. English and Spanish instructions are available, and new students can apply at any time during the year.

Our goal is to make Hillcrest Academy affordable for every family. If you have questions regarding either of these tuition models or how support your family in attending Hillcrest, please contact Rebecca Beachy Miller, Director of Enrollment, at

How much does it cost?

As you consider Hillcrest Academy, we welcome your questions about tuition, financial aid and discounts, payment plans, or whatever else comes to mind. Our admissions team is here to help you process this decision, so you can confidently decide which learning environment is best for your child.

TUITION 2024-25
  • Grades 6-8: $9,300 ($7,825 ESA) = $1,475 per year
  • Grades 9-12: $11,000 ($7,825 ESA) = $3,175 per year

Still Have Questions?

Q: I’m not sure if I will qualify for financial assistance. Should I apply?
A: Yes! It never hurts to apply. 98% of families receive financial assistance.

Q: What is not included in tuition?
A: Additional fees (i.e., lunch, transportation, athletic fees, yearbook, etc.) are not included in the price of tuition

Q: Do you offer tuition payment plans?
A: Yes! If you are unable to make the payment in one lump sum, we offer installment options (semester, monthly through May, monthly through July)

Q: How long is the high school financial aid application process?
A: It typically takes 1-2 days to provide a financial aid package from the time we receive the completed application and supporting documents. The financial aid management instructions are also available in a Spanish language version.

Q: Do I have to reapply every year for financial assistance?
A: Yes.

Schedule a Tour 

If you’re looking for a positive learning experience and inclusive community to be a part of, we invite you to visit our campus and see for yourself what a Hillcrest Academy education can offer your family.