Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

FAQs and Case Studies

We hope the information below helps to answer any questions you may have about the Tuition Assistance process. If you find your question is not answered here, please contact the Office of Admission at 541.382.0699 x132.

What is tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance is a program that reflects Cascades Academy’s commitment to attracting and retaining a diverse student body and making a Cascades Academy education accessible to families of all income levels. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition based on their financial situation and pay a tuition amount based on their demonstrated need.

Why does Cascades Academy offer tuition assistance?

At Cascades Academy, we are determined to make education accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds. We want our school community to mirror the Central Oregon community, and we seek to enroll strong students whose families embrace the mission of the school, regardless of socio-economic background.
How do I know if our family qualifies for tuition assistance?We understand that every family’s financial situation is different. We encourage families to apply for tuition assistance if you think you may qualify. We consider a variety of factors when looking at the family’s financial situation, including income, expenses, and net worth.
What merit scholarships are available to high school students at Cascades Academy?The Impact Scholarship was created to award academic excellence in students who are making an impact in their community. This scholarship will cover from $1,000 to $12,000 of tuition costs for students entering grades 9-12. The Kelly Young Scholarship is a need and merit based scholarship that was created in honor of Kelly Young, who believed in providing access to educational opportunities and resources to students of diverse backgrounds. Cascades Academy is honored to offer this scholarship in her name.

Case Studies

Case Study #1

This is a family of three: two parents and one child who attends a tuition charging school. The combined income of the two parents is $63,000. The couple rents their home and has claimed a business loss of $14,000, along with $39,000 in medical expenses. Their net worth is calculated at -$9,000. According to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) calculation, this family could afford to pay $730 toward the tuition expense.


Case Study #2

This is a family of six: two parents and four children. One child attends a tuition charging school. The combined income of the two parents is $127,000. They own their home. The family’s net worth is $39,744. According to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) calculation, this family could afford to pay $2,880 toward the tuition expense.


Case Study #3

This is a family of four: two parents and two children. One child attends a tuition charging school. The combined income of the two parents is $94,000. One parent stays home with the youngest child. They own their home. The family’s net worth is $121,000. According to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) calculation, this family could afford to pay $5,200 toward the tuition expense.


Case Study #4

This is a family of four: two parents and two children. Both children attend tuition charging schools. The combined income of the two parents is $180,914. They own their home. This family experienced some unexpected medical and car repair expenses in the prior year. The family’s net worth is $167,395. According to the School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) calculation, this family could afford to pay $12,775 toward the tuition expense for each child.

Cascades Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status in the administration or educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.