What is GOAL?
In 2008, the State of Georgia passed House Bill 1133 which allows interested tax payers to receive a tax credit for donations made to approved Student Scholarship Organizations (SSO). These organizations then fund individual scholarships for students seeking private school enrollment. The program is targeted towards low to moderate income families who are looking for an alternative to public education. The GOAL Scholarship Program may award up to 85% of the total tuition to qualified applicants. Cherokee Christian Schools has partnered with GOAL Scholarship Program to make such scholarships available.
Am I Eligible?
In order to receive a GOAL Scholarship, your adjusted gross income must not exceed $88,000 and your child must currently be enrolled in a public school or eligible to enroll in kindergarten or first grade. If you currently home school, are enrolled at CCS, or are enrolled in another private school, you are not eligible for this scholarship.
How much do I qualify for?
The amount of the scholarship is based on your income level and family size. Note: Scholarship amounts are determined by the GOAL Scholarship Program and Cherokee Christian Schools and may be less than the maximum scholarship amount when actually awarded.
What If I Have More Than One Child?
Scholarships are available for each eligible child in your household. For example, if your income level and family size qualifies you for a 50% GOAL scholarship, then each of your eligible children would qualify for a maximum of 50% towards their individual tuition costs.
How Do I Apply?
Application for a GOAL scholarship must be concurrent with your application for enrollment. No application for a GOAL scholarship or financial aid will be considered without an application for enrollment.
A Cherokee Christian Schools Financial Aid Application must be submitted during the enrollment process. The application may be completed online (CCS Financial Aid Application) or you may obtain a hard copy from the school office. Students must first be accepted into Cherokee Christian Schools before a request from the school to GOAL is made on behalf of the parents. Once your child has been accepted for enrollment, CCS will forward the appropriate paperwork and a school recommendation to the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program for processing. Program officials will then review the recommendation and either approve, modify, or reject the request based on program funding.
Note: The GOAL Scholarship Program does not accept applications directly from individual parents or guardians.
If you have any other questions concerning this program, or any other questions concerning enrollment, please contact Mrs. Kim Howell at 678-494-5464 or via our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.