Tuition Reduction Incentive Program
In order to create a smoother TRIP store experience, please pre-register your family at www.shopwithscrip.com . You can email the office for the enrollment code. Enter tuition or lunch under teacher name to indicate your preference. If you have already registered online, you will not need to register again.
All TRIP Orders must be placed by 10:30am on Monday on scheduled order dates and will be available for pick up in the office after 8am on Friday of the same week.
T.R.I.P. -Tuition Reduction Incentive Program
Remember to plan ahead for vacations, weddings, birthdays, etc.! Happy Savings!
If you have a favorite retailer or restaurant and would like them to join TRIP as a local vendor, please give them a TRIP order form as an example of how the program works and ask them to email Jill (email address is available on the TRIP order form).
The Tuition Reduction Incentive Program is available to ALL school families regardless of income. Families earn tuition Credit when they purchase gift certificates/debit cards to be used at local and national vendors. The vendors that participate in this program are ones from whom many people normally buy various products and services. If you are already spending the money, it will benefit you financially.
Ankeny Christian Academy purchases the gift certificates/debit cards at a discount. Your family will receive the tuition credit when you purchase the certificates from the school (not when you spend the certificates). The gift certificates and percentage of tuition credit varies by retailer, anywhere from
2%-25%. On the order form beside each vendor name you will find a percentage. This is the total percentage that the vendor will give directly to the school. Then ACA keeps 30% of the savings to cover the cost of the program and your family will receive 70% of the savings as a tuition/lunch credit.
Your family tuition or lunch account is credited four times a year. If you should leave the school, your credit will be transferred to the ACA scholarship fund and you will NOT be issued a refund. By IRS laws, no cash can be transferred (only credits) in the program.
To order, complete an order form and attach cash or a check for the total dollar amount that you are ordering. Bring your order to the office by 10:30 am on Mondays. Another adult or your student can bring the order in but it must be dropped off in the office box.
Orders are ready to be picked up each Friday, by 11:00 am. You may choose to pick up your order in the main office yourself or you may choose to have another adult or your student pick it up for you. Remember, these gift certificates are like cash. Anyone who picks up the order will be asked to sign for it. The school is not responsible for your order once it has been signed out. If you cannot get to the office before it closes, you may request pick up from the Preschool/Child Care Office.
The only draw-back to this program is remembering to plan ahead! Participating families can earn $25 to $1,200 a year using this program!
Do not expect retailers to give change when using paper certificates. Try to have your purchase amount meet or exceed the certificate amount. Read the Retailers/Merchants Policies on the certificate for any rules or restrictions that may apply. This list is also available at www.glscrip.com under the “Retailers” section.
BUSINESSES: If you own a business or have family and friends that have businesses you could be a wonderful help to them. Many businesses give gift certificates as gifts/bonuses/incentives to their employees. You could help by ordering the gift certificates though ACA TRIP. The money you earn will be applied to your child(rens) tuition! If you would like us to contact them, please call Jon Heisterkamp at 515-965-8114!
There have been a few questions about how out of town relatives can support ACA families through the TRIP program. Shop With Scrip (shopwithscrip.com) is a website where anyone affiliated with ACA can place orders. To register, you need to contact Jill Hugen for our enrollment code.
All of our local vendors and all of the retailers available through Great Lakes Scrip can be ordered on this website. Most orders placed here will be processed through Jill Hugen on regular order dates and need to be picked up at the school on regular pick up dates.
There are two ways orders can be paid for on Shop with Scrip. Families can choose to turn in a check, in the TRIP box, by the Monday 11 am deadline. If Jill doesn’t have a check, she won’t process an order unless arrangements have been made with Jill. The other way is to enroll in Presto Pay which will automatically debit your checking account plus a $0.15 fee.
The only exception to picking up gifts cards at school is if you or your out of town family member order from the Scrip Now selections. There are a number of retailers who offer electronic gift cards – around 60. However, not all the Great Lakes retailers are available through Scrip Now and none of our local vendors have this option.
If an e-card is ordered it will be sent via email directly to the email account provided. If the purchaser paid with Presto Pay, this will happen shortly after the purchase is made. If the purchaser opted to pay by check, Jill will need to confirm payment before she releases the order.
Look at the three documents below for further explanation.