EDUCATION ASSISTANCE POLICY Revised June, 2019
South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship (STAF) is committed to Adventist ChristianEducation which we believe to be essential to the development of a child’s mental, social,physical, and spiritual well-being. We desire to inspire and motivate the church to furthersupport Christian Education based on a belief that all true wisdom and knowledge comesfrom God.We desire to make it possible that any member who desires Adventist Education for theirchild(ren) be able to send them to a Seventh-day Adventist school. By investing in ouryouth, we are further enabling them to develop a life of faith in Jesus and preparing themfor citizenship in this world and the World to come.
Because STAF is not a constituent member of any Seventh-day Adventist School, tuitionfees for the member may be substantially higher than constituent rates. Accordingly, theSTAF leadership Board has established an Education Assistance Policy—the “STAFPromise”—to subsidize the higher tuition costs.
Financial assistance of 1) For K-8: 50% of tuition--up to $2,500 or 2) ForAuburn Academy $1,000 one time--for the 2019-2020 school year ispledged through the STAF Ministries Budget. It is awarded to studentsmeeting the eligibility requirements as funds are available and will be paidto the school, $1,250 each semester the child is enrolled, or for Academystudents $500 at the start of the Fall semester. This policy is as funds areavailable, and will be reviewed by July and January of the school year bySTAF’s Finance Committee or Board of Elders.STAF PROMISE Page 2 of 3
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A. The applicant’s primary caretaker(s) must be a member of STAF.1. For 2017-2018, no length of membership is required, andindividuals with membership in active transfer are eligible.2. For 2018-2019, applicant must be a member of STAF for atleast six months prior to eligibility.3. For 2019-2020 and onward, applicant must be a member ofSTAF for at least one year prior to eligibility.B. Each applicant family must be an active participant in the ministriesof STAF.1. Family participation and regular Sabbath School and Churchattendance. (Two Sabbaths per month minimum—includingfellowship dinners, social events, VBS, Church BusinessMeetings, special weekend celebrations (about four per year),leadership responsibilities as asked, etc.--indicate “activeparticipation” and “regular attendance”.)2. Members should choose at least one area of ministry they arepassionate about and become involved. STAF conductsabout two evangelistic outreach series per year, and familiesare expected to be involved with at least one.C. Applicant families must be faithful in both their tithes and offerings toSTAF. To ensure eligibility, families are encouraged to either give atthe church website or by using an offering envelope in the pew atchurch.D. Students enrolled must maintain a C average with no Ds or Fs atquarterly reporting. Consideration will be given for specialcircumstances.
A. STAF PROMISE Applications are available from the STAF OfficeAdministrator or through the church website. The forms must be fullycompleted and submitted to the STAF Office by August 10. It shouldbe noted that applying for the STAF PROMISE does not includeapplication to a church school. That is done separately and
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independently from STAF by applicants at the school of their choice.Applications are for the immediate next school year only.B. Evaluation and Approval1. Applications will be reviewed by the STAF Finance Committeeor Board of Elders.2. Recommendation of eligible applicants will go to the ChurchBoard.3. Applicants will be notified via letter or email of acceptance intothe STAF Promise, and the available amount they can counton during the current school year.4. Accompanying the acceptance letter will be a letter for theschool stating the amount of tuition STAF will provide foreligible students.
STAF Church Member – A person who either by baptism, profession offaith, or transfer of membership from another SDA Church is reflected as amember of the South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship through themembership records maintained by the STAF Clerk.
Primary Caretaker – A person who is a parent, grandparent, or legalguardian of a child. This person is actively involved in the exercise of andperforms parental duties including the emotional, disciplinary, spiritual, andfinancial support of a child.
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