by Jay Wintermeyer
SPANGLE, Wash. - Upper Columbia Academy announced an innovative tuition incentive plan offering all students interested in obtaining the UCA experience significant discounts of up to 50 percent off full tuition.
The pioneering program, Tuition Incentive Plus (TIP), offers families the ability to incrementally reduce their student’s tuition over time. The longer the enrollment, the greater the financial benefit.
Under TIP, first-year students pay full tuition. The second year, they receive a 20 percent tuition discount. The third and fourth year, discounts are even more dramatic: 30 and 50 percent, respectively.
The plan began as the brainchild of Weston Davis, a UCA supporter and businessman in Spokane, Wash.
“I’m the product of Adventist education,” says Davis, “and I wanted to find a way to make our boarding academies more affordable for families looking for that experience.”
After researching Adventist educational finances and enrollment, Weston took his knowledge of business incentive models and went to work. Over two years, with the help and input of other business minds, Weston came up with the radically different incentive plan.
“I’m convinced the Lord has had direct involvement in us thinking out of the box,” says Davis. “Many of our young people are not attending Adventist schools because their families simply can’t afford it. I really believe TIP can make a big difference for these families.”
Debbie Nelson, vice president for finance at UCA, agrees with Davis. “TIP has the potential to revolutionize Christian Adventist education, making it more affordable for families in these difficult times” says Nelson.
Troy Patzer, UCA principal, emphasizes how TIP brings extra support for families and recognizes the significant investment families make when they enroll their students in UCA.
“We’re excited about the potential TIP has to give more students continued access to a Christian Adventist education,” says Patzer. “This plan is especially geared for students not currently attending an Adventist school and those who do not have access to a local Adventist school.”
For more information on TIP, visit www.ucaa.org or call (509) 245-3600.