Tuition, ESA & Financial Aid

Tuition, ESA & Financial Aid

Tuition & Financial Aid at Hillcrest Academy

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.

How much does it cost?

As you consider Hillcrest Academy, we welcome your questions about variable 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.

After financial aid and discounts, our families at Hillcrest can expect to pay:

Tuition 2023-24
Grade Level Tuition
Grades 9-12 $3,700 – 9,735 per year
Grades 6-8 $4,300 per year


Affording a Hillcrest Academy Education

High School

With variable tuition, scholarships, and other financial assistance opportunities available, affording a high school education at Hillcrest Academy might be easier than you think.

Here are available options that can help alleviate the cost:

  • 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.
    *only available for grades 9-12

  • STO Tax Credit

    We also encourage families to look into the School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit offered through the Iowa Department of Education. Learn more here.

Middle School

We want a middle school education at Hillcrest Academy to be available to every student. Our simple middle school tuition model allows us to accommodate any family who wants to be a part of our school.

Below are additional opportunities that can help alleviate the cost:

  • Sibling Tuition Discounts At the middle school level, we offer sibling tuition discounts of $300 for the second and $500 for the third student.
  • STO Tax Credit Middle School families may also be eligible for  STO Tax Credits and encouraged to apply.

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

Have a question about your Education Savings Account?

We at Hillcrest Academy, are committed to keeping you informed regarding the Student First Act and your ESA. Check out our FAQ page for more information. 

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Affording a Hillcrest Academy Education

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.