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TUITION & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 
The Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee is proud to be part of a community that supports each other emotionally, spiritually, and financially.  As a not-for-profit organization, tuition prices are determined  based on the cost to deliver an excellent educational experience for your student.  It is our hope that every student who wants to be part of the Lightning Family has the opportunity to do so. 
 
Financial circumstances are always difficult for families considering a Private, Christian High School education for their children.  We make every effort to offer a fair tuition price as well as creative tuition assistance options.  After you explore the options below, please reach out so we can creatively work with you and your specific, financial situation.  It all starts with a conversation!  
 

60% of students receive tuition assistance.

 

Donor-Funded Financial Aid

Lake Country Lutheran has an amazing group of donors and supporters that give annually to the Lightning Fund. These donors allow families in need to receive financial aid.  Currently, students' financial aid awards roll-over for all 4-years to give families confidence in their budget planning.  Only new students apply for financial aid.  
 
LCL uses TADS to assist with determining levels of donor funded financial aid for its families.  Please apply early and give yourself enough time. 
This entire process can take up to 2-4 weeks.  The TADS Financial Aid Application can be completed after April 15th, however, the majority of financial aid will be awarded to those families that meet the April 15th deadline.
 
Application Instructions
Please visit mytads.com and select, “Financial Aid Assessment” to login or create your TADS account using your username (email) and self-chosen secure password.  (If you need to create an account, please click on the grey “create a new account” button; No set-up code is needed. Please select, “I would like to apply for Financial Aid link to create your account.)

 

Once logged in, you will see the “Welcome to the TADS Financial Aid Application!” page. Please select the State (Wisconsin), City (Hartland) and School Name: (Lake Country Lutheran High School) in the dropdown menu near the bottom of the page.

    • Please fully complete each section to the best of your knowledge (using most recent income/expense documentation). Please note: one application is required per household, per school year. *You may come return to complete your application at a later date if you select the “Save and Continue” button at the end of each page.
    • Please Note: You are not able to log back in and edit your application once submitted, however you may request updates by contacting the TADS Support Team once you have an assigned application reference number (E.g. TADS ID 1234567). Applications for the 22-23 school year will begin with “46”.

Required Supporting Documentation to Complete Application Process:

    • Your entire 2020 Federal Tax Return (2021 when available and per deadlines)
    • All 2020 W2 statements (2021 when available and per deadlines)
    • A most recent pay stub from each current employer.
    • Most recent corporate/partnership tax return and schedules (schedule 1, Schedule C, E, F, K-1, first five pages of 1120S and/or 1065 business tax returns, if applicable).
    • Documentation for all other sources of income (social security, welfare, food stamps, unemployment, child support, workers compensation, 2020 1099’s, etc.)
    • Outstanding debt (credit card, bank loans, education debt, etc.) documentation reported on application.

Please upload documentation (preferred method; significantly reduces processing time) or send documentation via fax (612.548.3326) as soon as possible. Please continue to check your email for any additional questions or required documentation requests from TADS in order to complete the application process in a timely manner.

A TADS financial aid application can be submitted with a previous year tax return at any time.  However, the most recent calendar year tax information will still need to be submitted to TADS by April 15th to verify that award amount. LCL reserves the right to change the financial aid award due to significant change in the financial situation of the family from year-to-year.
 
For further questions about the TADS application process or tuition assistance considerations, please contact the Director of Admissions, Mr. Carson Cantwell.
Apply for Financial Aid
 

Partnership Congregation Discount

Lake Country Lutheran is supported by 30 congregations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod who are fundamental in creating communities rooted in Christian values, and inspiring and shaping students through an education in Christ.  These churches support our high school ministry by giving chapels, being present on-campus, offering youth groups, praying for our families, through financial support, and governance of our organization.  Lightning families who are members of these congregations receive a tuition discount of up to $2,000 per year.  To see if your church is on the list or if you would like to become a member at one of these churches, check out the list below.
 
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Benediction Lutheran Church
Berea Lutheran Church
Bethany Lutheran Church
Blessed Savior Lutheran Church
Brookfield Lutheran Church
Christ the Life Lutheran Church
Covenant Lutheran Church
Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church
Elm Grove Lutheran Church
Gospel Lutheran Church
Grace Lutheran Church-Oak Creek
Hales Corners Lutheran Church
Hope Lutheran Church
Holy Ghost Lutheran Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Lamb of God Lutheran Church
Mission of Christ Lutheran Church
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
 Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
 Our Father’s Lutheran Church
 Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
 Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
 Pilgrim Lutheran Church
 St. Martini Lutheran Church
 St. Paul Lutheran Church-Oconomowoc
 St. Paul Lutheran Church-West Allis
 St. Peter Immanuel Lutheran Church
  Zion Lutheran Church
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)

The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) offers assistance for students who live outside of the cities of Milwaukee or Racine.  To qualify for this program you must live outside the cities of Milwaukee and Racine and you must meet the income requirements.  Applications must be submitted between the application dates.  Please contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
Application Dates:  February 1st - April 15th

Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP)

Students who have a current or recent IEP may qualify for significant financial support through SNSP.  Students who qualify and receive a seat in this program, will only be responsible for a maximum of $4,000 in tuition.  

Paper applications are available for each school year from July 1st to June 30th.  New and Transfer SNSP applications for the 2022-23 school year begin July 1st, 2022.  Applications must be submitted to LCL's SNSP administrator.  LCL is limited in the number of seats available each year.  If your student has an IEP, please reach out right away so we can discuss our SNSP program, the requirements, and the timeline.  

 

Student Emergency Fund

Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we now have a fund specifically for families in desperate financial situations.  Similar to financial aid, this is donor-funded financial support.  Donors designed this fund to support returning students whose families are experiencing extreme financial circumstances. These are temporary financial awards and do not roll-over from year-to-year.  Please reach contact the Director of Admissions for more information.  

 

Wisconsin Tax Deduction

Beginning with the tax year 2014, the State of Wisconsin introduced legislation (Wis. Stat. § 71.05(6)(b)49), in which private school tuition payments paid on or after January 1, 2014 are eligible for an annual income tax deduction. Qualified taxpayers may potentially claim up to the deduction limit ($4,000 in 2021) for each dependent child in grades Kindergarten through 8th and up to the deduction limit ($10,000 in 2021) for each dependent child in grades 9th through 12th. Tuition claimed must be paid in the tax year in which it is being filed. 
 
For more information on how to claim these expenses, click on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue form: Schedule PS - Private School Tuition. In preparing the form, taxpayers will need our FEIN which is 39-0889672, as well as the amount of tuition paid last year. 
 
To obtain your tuition payments, log into your TADS account and click the billing tab. Enter the tax filing year into “Household Paid Tuition Tax Report” and hit submit. TADS can be reached at 612-548-3320 and will address questions about accessing the report.
 
The presented information is not legal or tax advice. The LHSAGM is prohibited from giving or providing tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor for specifics on your personal circumstances.
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Class of '22, Emily

"When I was a freshman, I wasn’t sure where I would be involved. I was thinking volleyball, maybe basketball. One of my friends convinced me to try out for the winter musical. I ended up getting the lead part, which I wasn’t expecting… Since joining theatre, I have been able to put myself out there more and be more confident in who I am. And I have also been able to be more confident in who God made me."

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are a great option for donors to invest in the lives of students based on the donor's specifications.  Eligibility is based on need, merit, or both.  Please see the details of each scholarship below.  If you are interested in starting a scholarship fund, please reach out to Mr. Carson Cantwell, Director of Admissions.

BRETT LACKEY SCHOLARSHIP

Sponsored by Doug Lackey in honor of Brett Lackey (LCL class of 2011).  For a student that has a true financial need to make the LCL experience come true.   Complete the TADS Financial Aid application to apply for this scholarship.
 
 THEODORE AND MARILYN SCHOLARSHIP

 A legacy left by Theodore and Marilyn Batterman.  Annual scholarships for needy and deserving students of all LHSAGM schools. Complete the TADS Financial Aid application to apply for this scholarship.

HALQUIST STONE SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship established to help give a sound Christian education for kids of Halquist Stone Company Inc. employees.   If you qualify for this scholarship, please reach out to the Director of Admissions for more information.  
 

OLIVER W AND EMMA W ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

The Oliver W and Emma W Allen High School Scholarship was established in 2021 as a fund in the LCMS Foundation. Both Oliver and Emma Allen attended Valparaiso University and were passionate about Lutheran education. This scholarship is a great memory of their passion and heart for giving. 
 

DOUG AND BARB BRAUN SCHOLARSHIP

Doug and Barb Braun are big believers in Christian education and have been strong supporters of the schools of the LHSAGM. Doug Is the CEO of Sciforma, a provider of Strategic Portfolio and Project Management Software. He recently completed a Doctorate in Business Administration in Leadership at Temple University and current serves on the LHSAGM Foundation Board. The Brauns reside in Hartford, WI.

 
Carson Cantwell
Mr. Carson Cantwell, Director of Admissions
CCantwell@LakeCountryHS.org | 262-367-8600 ext. 380

Additional Responsibilities: Assistant Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach, Director of Thunder Basketball

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Concordia University Wisconsin (Major: History, Minor: Education)

Volunteer Activities: Serve as a leader for Divorce Care Ministry at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church, Serve on Call Committee at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church

"I serve at LCL to Share Jesus, Shape Lives, and Develop Leaders. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through Him who gives me strength."

Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Tuition Questions
StudentAccounts@lhsagm.org | 414.421.9100