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Fair Share Tuition FAQs

On this page you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our unique Fair Share Tuition Program. 

For priority registration, incoming freshman families who wish to access Fair Share Tuition should submit a Fair Share Tuition application with supporting Federal Tax return documents before January 12, 2024 and submit applicable W-2s as soon as they are received at the beginning of February.
Families may still apply for Fair Share Tuition after that date, but may not be eligible to receive scholarships and additional financial assistance is limited. It takes 2 weeks to process your financial aid application through the FACTS Grant & Aid platform, so early submission is recommended.

No, all students who are admitted to Gonzaga Prep may apply for financial assistance through our Fair Share Tuition program.

We ask all families to pay as much toward the full tuition as they can but at least as much as our published tuition guidelines. Our Fair Share Tuition guidelines are based on your gross family income and family size. Please see the Fair Share Tuition guidelines.

The FACTS online application for Fair Share Tuition will ask for the following information:
Name, information from your most recent federal income tax return, other non-taxable income, including social security benefits, SNAP & TANF benefits, retirement distributions, and military/clergy housing benefits, as well as certain monthly or annual expenses, debt payments, savings and investment balances.

You will also need to upload the following documents to your application:
 • 2022 federal income tax return - all schedules
 • 2023 W-2 for all applicants earning W-2 wages
 • Business owners: Please submit Schedule C or Schedule E from your 1040 and any K-1's from LLC's or S Corporations.
 • Supporting documents for Social Security Income, welfare, child support, food stamps, workers compensation and TANF.

We consider the following in the Fair Share guidelines:

• Salaries
• Investment income
• Self-employment income
• Social security payments
• Disability payments
• Rental income
• Income or cash distributions from LLC’s, S Corporations, or partnerships
• Retirement/pension distribution
• Child support
• Other income
• We may make adjustments from what is reported on your income tax return for things like net operating losses, capital loss carried forward from previous years, depreciation deductions or self-employment taxes.

In situations where a student’s parents are not married, the Fair Share Tuition will be calculated based on both parents income, including any step parents. Each parent should separately complete the FACTS online Fair Share Tuition application. We can have separate tuition contracts for each parent, if the family desires.

No, families generally only apply for Fair Share in their first year at Gonzaga Prep. In future years, the Fair Share amount will be increased by the rate of tuition increase – (e.g. if tuition increases next year by 5%, your Fair Share tuition amount will increase by 5%.) Tuition renewal statements made available each spring as part of a student reenrollment in the enrollment portal. We may ask you to re-apply for Fair Share Tuition if:
   • A new student from the same family enrolls at Gonzaga Prep.
   • It is anticipated the family’s income or financial situation may change in the near future (e.g. a new job or sale of business).

Yes. We recognize that our published guidelines may not take into account all situations. Each family who applies for Fair Share Tuition assistance may schedule an appointment with a Fair Share facilitator to request additional assistance. Your request will be considered by our Fair Share Review Committee before being approved.

No. During your initial Fair Share meeting with a facilitator from the Treasurer's Office, we will gather any additional information needed for the Fair Share Review process. You may be asked to submit a written statement describing your situation. The Fair Share Review Committee will take into account the number of students in Catholic schools, medical expenses, recent changes in employment, or other unique circumstances. All information is confidential.

We invite incoming freshman to apply for scholarships as part of their application for admission to Prep. We have many scholarship which recognize academic excellence, leadership, integrity and service to others, and are awarded based on financial need. We do not have any full tuition scholarships. We do not have athletic scholarships.

No, all families must pay 100% of the fees. Fees are in addition to tuition and are paid over the same billing schedule and payment method that you select for tuition.

The cost of textbooks generally ranges between $50 and $150 each year, depending on your student's class schedule. The cost of the iPad generally ranges from $300 to $400, depending on the accessories or support plans. The minimum specification for the iPad can be view HERE.

We have limited funds available for financial assistance to purchase iPads or text books. Families who need financial assistance for the iPads or text books should email a request to the Treasurer’s Office at [email protected] by June 15th.

We offer the following payment plans through FACTS Tuition Management:
Annual plan (August)
Semi-Annual plan (August and January)
Quarterly (August, October, January, and March)
10 month plan (August through May)
12 month plan (July through June) 

We use FACTS Tuition Management to process tuition and fee payments. Tuition payments will be processed by FACTS through electronic funds transfer from a bank account or a credit card. You may choose your payment date: 5th, 18th, or last day of the month. Service fees may apply for credit card payments. If you wish to remit your tuition payment by check, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (509) 483-8515.

We respect the family’s privacy related to their financial situation. All financial information, including the amount of the Fair Share Tuition for students, is kept confidential and is stored securely in the Treasurer’s files. Teachers, counselors, or other school personnel do not have access to this information.