Tuition Assistance

SLC donors have made it possible for my children to have the best experiences of their lives!

– SLC Parent

Commitment to Tuition Assistance

We believe that a Surprise Lake Camp experience should be accessible for every Jewish child, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. SLC’s commitment to tuition assistance has been core to its mission ever since the camp’s founding in 1902.

In fact, according to the Foundation for Jewish Camp, SLC’s capacity to welcome families of all economic means is unparalleled by almost any other Jewish camp in North America. We’re proud of the diverse community this creates–and we’re grateful to the generous donors who share this passion by supporting the Scholarship Fund.

We encourage you to apply for assistance early, when we have the most assistance available and not yet distributed to others.

How Tuition Assistance Works

We allocate tuition assistance using a fee scale based on family size, expenses, and income.

Please apply as early as possible. While funds are substantial, they are still limited. You will have your best chance to receive a greater allocation when you apply right away. The application is open in August for the following summer.

Families must reapply for assistance each year. If your family situation remains the same from year to year, your award will likely be quite similar as well.

Application Deadlines

Families applying for tuition assistance for the first time:

Please complete your application as soon as possible. More funds are available in the fall than in the spring.

Families re-applying for tuition assistance:

If your family’s financial situation is similar to what it was when you last applied…

By October 15, 2018
Get the same assistance you received in the prior summer!

By December 1, 2018
Get assistance after short re-review. May be the same as what you received in the prior summer, but not guaranteed, because we will start allocating funds to new families, too.

By January 15, 2019
Get assistance after re-review. Could be somewhat less than what you received in the prior summer, depending on the volume of applications we have already received.

By April 15, 2019
Get assistance after re-review, if available.

After April 15, 2019
Assistance is only available to new families or for significantly changed circumstances.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the camper application by logging into the CampInTouch system.
  2. Submit a deposit of $250 per session, per camper. If the tuition assistance you ultimately receive does not meet your needs and you choose not to enroll, Surprise Lake Camp will return your deposit in full.
  3. Create or log in to your Surprise Lake Camp account on FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, our partner in managing the application process. Follow instructions there for completing the application and submitting the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS.

FACTS Requirements

Copies of these supporting documents are necessary for FACTS to complete your application:

  • Your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules and W-2s.
  • Supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF, if applicable.

You may submit these materials online by uploading them in pdf format within your FACTS account.

Or, if you prefer, you may fax or mail them to FACTS (not to Surprise Lake Camp). Please include your applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence. Your applicant ID will be created when you create your FACTS account.

  • Fax to: 866-315-9264
  • Mail to:
    FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
    P.O. Box 82524
    Lincoln, NE  68501-2524



Please contact Abbe, Camp Registrar, for a confidential conversation about any questions, concerns, or needs in the Camp office at 845-265-3616 or [email protected]. Please call FACTS Customer Care at 866-441-4637 for help with your FACTS application.