Financial Aid

Stepping Stones to Learning, Inc. is the parent company to Stepping Stones Christian Preschool and Little Steps Christian Learning Center.  Pertaining to all Financial Aid documents hereafter all ministries will be referred to as SS.

SS is committed to helping families who believe in the mission of SS by offering tuition assistance to families who otherwise could not afford full tuition. It is our desire to encourage families to apply to SS regardless of financial circumstances.

We wholeheartedly embrace the Apostle Paul’s call to “share with God’s people who are in need” (Romans 12:13) and strive to create a diverse community of varying financial circumstances. This is made possible through our fundraising efforts and from donations by SS benefactors who are committed to this mission.

Financial Aid is awarded to families based on financial need. Eligibility and aid amounts are determined by the SS School Board.  Since every situation is unique, there is no maximum income level or debt ratio restriction for families to be awarded assistance. However, depending on the size of the applicant pool and the available funds, those families in the greatest financial need will receive priority. Financial Aid is not designed to support lifestyle choices that result in heavy financial stress or indebtedness. Preference will be given to families with children currently attending SS. 

Note: June 1st is the application deadline in order to be considered for 10-months of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact with questions regarding financial aid?

Please contact Erin Dill, School Board Treasurer, at 253-851-2484 or email her at dillerin@hotmail.com with any questions you may have.

How do I receive my financial aid?

Financial Aid is credited on a monthly basis to that family’s account. They are responsible for paying the remaining portion when due.

Is financial aid a loan?

Financial Aid is not expected to be repaid.

Does SS provide full tuition financial aid?

No. SS believes that it is in the best interests of the ministry and our families if parents have a financial commitment to their children’s education and care.

Who has access to the information provided in the various applications and forms? Will our information be shared with other departments?

Application information and financial aid amounts will be held in the strictest of confidence by the School Board and Directors of SS and LS.

What happens if we decide that the financial aid we receive will not be enough for our family? Can we get our re-enrollment or registration fees refunded?

Yes, SS will refund the re-enrollment and registration fees IF you notify the school within 15 days of receiving the financial aid decision that you will not be able to enroll your child(ren). However, if school has already started then SS will not be able to refund any fees.

Stepping Stones to Learning Inc., does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, or physical disability.  As a religious institution, SS reserves the right to discriminate according to its religious convictions, beliefs, and practices.  SS reserves the right to refuse acceptance of board candidates, hiring of employees, or affiliating with individuals or corporations that do not share the school’s religious beliefs and/or meets its religious qualifications.

 Click on the links below to access Financial Aid forms