How Does Pricing Work?
We have an income-based tiered scholarship program that applies percentage discounts to the true cost of the program based on your household’s income level. This structure helps families of all economic backgrounds access Ravenwood programs and helps our donors contribute more directly to families who need assistance, whether in the form of a small scholarship for a medium-income family, or a large scholarship for a very low income family. We hope you’ll join us in our intention to make all Ravenwood programs attainable for all families.
The chart below shows our scholarship levels organized by family size and income. These levels reflect the local cost of living and so will change as costs change. Use the chart to find your scholarship code under “Scholarship Level” and enter that code exactly at registration. (The code is case-sentitive.) Scroll down to see frequently asked questions about how to use the chart, why the change, and how we price our programs.
Persons in Houseold
|Scholarship Level||% Off off||2||3|
|Level 7||Actual Cost||≤$72,721||≤$81,811|
Persons in Houseold
|Scholarship Level||% Off off||4||5|
|Level 7||Actual Cost||≤$90,901||≤$98,173|
Persons in Houseold
|Scholarship Level||% Off off||6||7|
|Level 7||Actual Cost||≤$105,445||≤$112,717|
How do I use the chart?
The chart shows household size across the top, and Scholarship Level (such as Level 2 or Level 6) down the left side. Find your household size in the top row, then look down the column to find an income limit larger than or equal to your household income amount. Then find your corresponding scholarship level on the far left column.
For example, for a family of four that makes $73,000 per year, find the “4” column then look down the column. $73,000 is higher than the Level 4 income limit of $61,200 but lower than the Level 5 income limit of $75,100, so the household falls into the Level 5 tier. That household will enter the case-sensitive code “Level 5” at registration and they will get an income-based scholarship that covers 30% of the true cost of the program.
What is the Income Based Scholarship Program?
Based on household dynamics and income levels, we ask that you self-select the appropriate income-based scholarship level for your family.
We use income data from the Flathead County office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as real-time data collected from the local home rental market to link our scholarship offerings to need with as much accuracy and as little bias as possible. When you fill out your application, you’ll enter your income-based scholarship level code from the chart (for example, “Level 3” with the capital “L” and a space in front of the “3”). The registration system will give you a scholarship as a percentage discount off the true cost of the program.
How are Ravenwood programs priced?
Each program price represents the cost of running that program, with nothing taken out as a discount and nothing added to generate profit — the true cost of the program. The true cost covers everything it takes to make that program happen, such as staff pay, site management, insurance, fundraising, gear, etc.
What if my household is too complicated for this chart (such as divorced households or extenuating circumstances)?
We know that many households have diverse dynamics and don’t fall into neat boxes, and acknowledge that every household will need to use their best judgment to assess themselves.
We also know that divorced households that are maintaining two homes but supporting their children cooperatively can have a lot of complicated financial dynamics. We ask that you self-select into the income level that most accurately represents your situation. For example, a divorced mother who co-parents with her children’s father might identify as a household of “2” rather than “4” even though there are four people in her family, and then count only her income, in order to account for the additional costs of running her own household.
If your family cannot pay the remaining cost for program even after the needs-based scholarship is applied, you can apply for a deeper scholarship with our separate Deeper Scholarship Application. Send us an email for more information.
If your family is larger than is covered by the chart, send us an email and we’ll be happy to help you determine your income level.
For families who are able to pay more than the true cost of program and want to contribute, there is also an option to donate (tax deductible) to the Scholarship Fund. Thanks to those who are inspired and able to contribute beyond their tier-based fee level and cover operating costs for those who can’t.