Do you teach in a faith-based school?
Morningside College offers a reduced tuition grant for educators working in an accredited non-public school. We do this as a way to recognize the unique calling and work of educators in faith-based schools.
To qualify for the reduced tuition grant, you must meet these criteria:
- Hold a valid teaching license
- Apply and be fully admitted to a master's degree and/or endorsement program prior to start of each term
- Be employed by an accredited, faith-based non-public institution listed in your respective state directory
- Submit the faith-based initiate verification form each term before the start of the term
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “faith-based, accredited non-public school”?
A faith-based, accredited non-public school is any school that is connected to a faith community (Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Orthodox, Jewish, etc.) and is recognized by the state in which the school is located.
How do I know if my school is a faith-based, accredited non-public school?
In Iowa: If your school is listed in the Iowa Department of Education’s Iowa Non-Public School Building Directory, then you are eligible to take advantage of the different price program.
In Nebraska: If your school is listed in the Nebraska Department of Education’s Index of Non-Public School Systems, then you are eligible to take advantage of the different price program.
In Alaska: If your school is listed in the website for either the Archdiocese of Anchorage, the Diocese of Fairbanks or the Diocese of Juneau, then you are eligible to take advantage of the different price program.
Do I have to enroll in an endorsement and/or degree program to be eligible for the different price programming?
Yes. You need to be enrolled as an admitted student in either an endorsement program and/or a Master of Arts in Teaching program.
If I have taken courses from Morningside in the past, is this different price programming retroactive?
No. This program began only with the fall enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year.
If I already have an endorsement from Morningside, may I use the program for another endorsement?
Yes. You may take as many endorsement programs as you wish using the grant program as long as you are employed in an accredited non-public school.
Once I am enrolled, how do I let Morningside know that I teach in a faith based school?
You are expected to keep Morningside College abreast of your employment status to faithfully fulfill the requirements of the faith based accredited non-public school grant program. You do this by completing an employment verification form each term you register for classes. The form must be received on or before the verification due date and are not accepted thereafter.
Am I required to notify Morningside College if my employment status changes?
Yes. If you leave the non-public school, then you are no longer eligible for any faith-based grant program. You are expected to keep Morningside College abreast of your employment status to faithfully fulfill the requirements of the faith based accredited non-public school grant programming by completing an employment verification form each term you register for classes.
Who are the primary contacts for the Faith Based Accredited Non-Public School Different Price Programming?
George Wm. Holland, graduate field coordinator
Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, dean of Graduate Program in Education
712-274-5353 or 800-831-0806, x.5353