Tuition Policy Statement
The S.C. General Assembly appropriates funds annually in order for the citizens of South Carolina to take advantage of the programs which John de la Howe School has to offer. High quality residential services are very expensive. The board and administration agree that it is a wise policy for families to be financially involved, both to offset a small portion of the cost of care and for families to feel a sense of commitment to the agreed upon family treatment plans.
The John de la Howe Board of Trustees is responsible for determining tuition, and at their discretion may update amounts when deemed necessary.
|Total Annual Net Income||Monthly Fee|
|Less than $12,000||$50|
|$12,000 to $23,999||$100|
|$24,000 to $ 35,999||$150|
|$36,000 to $47,999||$200|
|$48,000 to $ 59,999||$250|
|$60,000 to $71,999||$300|
|$72,000 to $83,999||$350|
|$84,000 to $95,999||$400|
|$96,000 to $107,999||$450|
|$108,000 and up||$500|
Approved by the John de la Howe School Board of Trustees July 15, 2014.
Annual Family Net Income
The tuition amount is based on total annual family net income. Net income includes total income from all sources. Calculation is gross income, less Social Security, state and federal tax withholdings. Net income does not necessarily mean take home pay. The aforementioned taxes are not optional deductions for an employee, whereas payroll deduction such as credit union, retirement, insurance, bonds, etc. may be controlled by the employee and therefore counted as income. For self-employed persons, net income will be determined by either (1) subtracting the business expense from the gross income, or by (2) using the amount reported to the IRS for quarterly self-employment tax.
Calculations from supplied documentation will be annualized and used to calculate the monthly fee.
The first month’s tuition will be adjusted as follows: Full tuition if placed the 1st through the 15th of the month. Half tuition if placed the 16th through the 22nd of the month. No tuition for placement month if placed after the 22nd of the month. The last month’s tuition will be adjusted as follows:
- No tuition if discharged the 1st through the 7th of the month.
- Half tuition if discharged the 8th through the 22nd of the month.
- Full tuition if discharged after the 22nd of the month.
Due to extended home stay, for the months of June, July, August, and December half tuition will be charged. All other months, including November, will be billed at full tuition.
Tuition Due Date
Tuition is due by the 10th of each month.
Completes and signs the Family Financial Agreement Form (FFAF) which states the annual family income amounts. This form is used to calculate the monthly tuition amount. Documents to be supplied include at least 2 consecutive recent pay stubs, or the previous year’s W2s, or unemployment or welfare payment documents. Child support payments must also be included.
Calculates the monthly tuition amount based on the FFAF and inserts that amount on line 2 of the Commitments of the Family portion of the Placement Agreement.
Signs the Placement Agreement, committing to the monthly tuition amount.
For changes in annual family net income, the parent or guardian is to provide to the Intake department an appropriate legitimate document as evidence of the change in income. Tuition will be adjusted accordingly.