We are replacing our longstanding single fee and “scholarship application” process with an income-based tiered scholarship program. The new system applies tiered percentage discounts to the true cost of the program based on your household’s income level. We hope this change helps families of all economic backgrounds access Ravenwood programs. Also, we feel this fee schedule change will help our donors contribute more directly to those who need it, 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 feel the same and celebrate our intention to make all Ravenwood programs attainable for all families.
The chart below shows our scholarship levels organized by family size and income. 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.
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 $79,000 per year, find the “4” column then look down the column. Since $79,000 is higher than the Median income limit of $69,000 but lower than the Moderate income limit of $85,000, the household falls into the Moderate tier, or a Level 6 scholarship. That household will enter the case-sensitive code “Level 6” at registration and they will get an income-based scholarship that covers 15% 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 tier.
We use income data from the Flathead County office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 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 paying staff for their field time, rent for sites, and insurance.
What if my household is too complicated for this chart (such as divorced households or extenuating circumstances)?
We know there will be pinch points at the cusp of each tier and we support and trust you to do what works for your family if you find yourself “on the cusp.”
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.