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    A message from our Scrip Coordinators:

    "GVCS Administration has approved for us to implement a 90/10 rebate split starting September 1st!  This means even more savings that can be applied to your tuition statement or registration!   All rebates earned prior to 9/1 will still be subject to the 80/20.  When you request payout next, you may receive 2 reports to calculate your credit - one from your last payout through 8/31/2020 showing the 80/20 split and one from 9/1/2020 to the new payout date showing the 90/10 split."

What is Scrip?

Scrip is a program that enables families to earn rebates that can be applied as credit to their GVCS tuition bill. Scrip is just another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards.

You set up an account with Shop with Scrip, then purchase gift cards through that account. Once your order is placed, it will be sent to the GVCS Scrip Coordinator.  The coordinator will then submit the order to Great Lakes Scrip Center for the cards at a reduced price. The difference is an instant rebate for your tuition. It’s really that simple!  Each retailer determines the rebate amount they offer.

Please note that GVCS does an 90/10 split of the rebates earned, the 10% is used to offset administrative costs of the program.  Payouts are offered in December, January, March (registration) May, and August.

The below chart is an example of what an average family can earn monthly in rebates. 

Based on this conservative example, the annual tuition credit would equal $529.20, money easily saved with only a small amount of planning.  On average, Scrip rebates pay higher rewards than your credit card does!

If you need even further convincing, here are some REAL examples of tuition credits issued to individuals who are participating in the GVCS Scrip Program:

Participant 1: Credit Earned from 12/29/19 to 7/26/20 = $839.06 tuition credit

Participant 2: Credit Earned from 3/28/19 to 2/29/20 = $757.63 registration credit

Participant 3: Credit Earned from 3/28/19 to 2/29/20 = $482.92 registration credit

Great Lakes Scrip Center offers over 300 of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more. Just by using scrip to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work!  Sign up your family and friends to support your student(s) today!

Ready to get started?  Refer to the instructions on how to set up a Shop with Scrip account and Presto Pay account!

Note:  Rebates earned have no cash value and can only be applied to tuition or donated to the school.  Rebates cannot be transferred to other schools.

How to calculate your scrip payout:

1.  Log into your account at shopwithscrip.com.

2. Click on the dashboard tab at the top of the page.

3. Click on Family Functions from the menu bar on the left hand side of the page.

4. Under Family Functions, choose Reports.

5. Choose Family Order History Report.

* For Report Begin and End Dates, Choose Custom Range. 

   - For Begin Date: if you have had a scrip payout previously and are unsure of the exact date, you will need to refer to your last payout report. I email these out each time someone requests a payout.  The report has the payout dates listed on it. If you have never used a scrip payout, you can use 5/1/06 as the begin date, this is when our program started. 

   - Use the current date as the End Date. 

6. Run the Report.  At the bottom of the report, it will give the scrip rebate total.  This total does not account for our 90/10 split so you will need to manually calculate that.  For example, if the report shows your rebate total is $500, you will need to multiply that by 90%, (or 0.90) to get your actual credit amount of $450.  We do have administrative costs for the program, such as shipping fees and software costs, so we retain a portion of the rebates to cover these costs.

Rebates earned prior to 9-1-2020 are still subject to the 80/20 split.

3 Types of Scrip Cards Offered

 

Great Lakes Scrip Center now offers 2 convenient ways to order!  You can order online through your ShopWithScrip account or through the RaiseRight App.  Your log in credentials are the same for both your online account and the RaiseRight App.

3 Types of Scrip Cards Offered

1. Physical Gift Cards

Orders are placed online or through the RaiseRight app. Once placed, the order will be sent to the GVCS coordinator’s queue. The coordinator will submit all the orders to Great Lakes Scrip Center according to the deadlines noted on the ordering schedule.

Great Lakes processes and mails the gift cards for the national retailers to GVCS and GVCS Scrip volunteers order and pick up the gift cards for the local retailers. Scrip volunteers will fill orders and notify participants when orders are available for pick up in the school office.  Orders are due on Fridays by 1pm and are generally available for pick up on or before the following Wednesday around dismissal. 

2. Reload

Reload orders are placed online or through the RaiseRight app.  To be eligible for reload, the original gift card must be purchased through the Scrip Program. Simply keep your original card once it is empty and register it on your Shop with Scrip account. The next time you need to use it, log into your ShopWithScrip account and reload the desired funds!  Reloads are processed immediately and the funds are usually added to the card within 2-4 minutes!

3. ScripNow eCard

ScripNow eCards are electronic gift cards that can be purchased online or through the RaiseRight app. Order the eCard while you are at the store, wait approximately 2 minutes for it to process, and have the cashier scan your gift card barcode at the checkout!   You can also order it before you leave the house and print the eCard to hand to the cashier at time of payment.  eCards work just like physical gift cards.

NOTE: Not all retailers offer each gift card option so please refer to each retailer to determine what ordering options are available to you!  This information can be found online at ShopWithScrip or on the RaiseRight App. For example, our local retailers like Hy-Vee only offer physical gift cards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Do Physical Gift Card Orders Work?

A: Physical Gift cards are not available for instant use like eCards and Reloads.   When you place an order for physical gift cards, your order will go into a queue and remain there until the Scrip Coordinator submits the orders to Great Lakes.  The Coordinator submits orders according to the dates listed on the ordering schedule. This can be found on the GVCS website on the Scrip page.   We submit bulk orders to help save on shipping costs and maximize the savings to our families. 

Once the order is submitted, it takes Great Lakes a few days to process the order and ship the cards to GVCS.  During this time, scrip volunteers also order and pick up needed cards from our local retailers, such as Fareway and Hyvee.

We do our absolute best to get your scrip order in your hands as soon as possible.  Our order deadlines are on Fridays at 1pm and our goal is to have your order filled by the following Wednesday.

Q: Can I order Physical Gift Cards at Any Time?

A: There is nothing that prevents you from ordering physical gift cards at any time, but your order will remain in queue until it is submitted to Great Lakes by the GVCS Scrip Coordinator.   We try to place an order every 2 weeks (exact ordering dates can be found on the GVCS website on the Scrip page).  For example, if today is August 9, 2020 and the next GVCS ordering date is August 21, 2020, you can submit your order for physical cards any time before August 21 at 1pm  but you will be charged for your order when it is submitted and it will remain in queue until August 21st.  So this really is a personal preference.  Some participants order on payday even if they don’t get their cards immediately, others would rather not have their funds tied up longer than needed.

Q: Is Presto Pay Safe?

A:  Yes.  I have used presto pay for 5 years and have never had any issues.  However, if anyone is uncomfortable linking their bank account to scrip, we would suggest setting up a separate bank account that you can transfer fund into and use only for Scrip.   We do have participants that have chosen to go this route.

Q: Do you accept checks?

A: No, we do not accept checks.  We use Scripware, a software program offered through Great Lakes to manage our program and the software does show a “pay by check, given to coordinator” option at check out.  We do not own the software so we cannot remove this option from the payment screen, but unfortunately, we do not accept checks.  If you place an order and mark “pay by check”, we will cancel your order and notify you that it has been cancelled.  The payment options we accept are presto pay and credit cards. Using a credit card will cost you a 2.6% fee.

Q:  Is my rebate earned when I purchase the gift card or when I redeem the gift card?

A:  All rebates are earned at the time the gift card is purchased, not when the gift card is redeemed. 

Q:  How to my credits get applied to my tuition statement?

A: We offer payouts in January, March (registration), May, August, and December.  When payout time approaches, the Scrip Coordinator will send an email regarding the payout and you will just need to respond to the email stating you want to be included in the payout.  Your coordinator will calculate your payout and email you the amount of credit that will be applied to your statement.  Your credits will continue to accumulate until you choose to have them applied to your statement.

Q: Why does GVCS retain 10% of my earned rebate?

A:  There are administrative costs to the Scrip Program.  We have costs for using the software that helps us manage the program, shipping fees, banking fees, local vendor fees and office supply fees.   Unlike other schools, our program is run by volunteers to help keep our fees at a minimum.

Q: Can Teachers that have students at GVC participate in Scrip?

A: Absolutely! Teachers can use their scrip credits to cover academic fees, registration fees, sports fees, music fees, etc.  Teachers can also use the scrip money they earn to purchase items for their classrooms! Let scrip work to your advantage when paying for all that coffee you need!

Q: How do I calculate my Scrip Payout?

A:

1.  Log into your account at shopwithscrip.com.

2. Click on the dashboard tab at the top of the page.

3. Click on Family Functions from the menu bar on the left hand side of the page.

4. Under Family Functions, choose Reports.

5. Choose Family Order History Report.

* For Report Begin and End Dates, Choose Custom Range. 

   - For Begin Date: if you have had a scrip payout previously and are unsure of the exact date, you will need to refer to your last payout report. I email these out each time someone requests a payout.  The report has the payout dates listed on it. If you have never used a scrip payout, you can use 5/1/06 as the begin date, this is when our program started. 

   - Use the current date as the End Date. 

6. Run the Report.  At the bottom of the report, it will give the scrip rebate total.  This total does not account for our 90/10 split so you will need to manually calculate that.  For example, if the report shows your rebate total is $500, you will need to multiply that by 90%, (or 0.90) to get your actual credit amount of $450.  We do have administrative costs for the program, such as shipping fees and software costs, so we retain a portion of the rebates to cover these costs.

Rebates earned prior to 9-1-2020 are still subject to the 80/20 spilt.

 

Instructions for Ordering Physical Gift Cards from Inventory

Please email the scrip coordinator at scrip@gvcsmail.org for a list of physical gift cards currently in inventory.   The school office does not handle the scrip program, so please do not stop in and ask to purchase inventory.  

The scrip coordinator will respond within 24 hours regarding inventory availability.  We will do our best to fill your inventory order in a timely manner but cannot guarantee same day requests since we are a volunteer run program.

Confirm with coordinator what you wish to order and submit payment for your order.   Please only include the cards you are ordering from inventory on the order.  If additional non-inventory cards are included, we will not be able to fill the inventory cards as we cannot do a partial fill.  Please confirm with coordinator that payment has been submitted.  Orders must be paid prior to being filled.  If payment is not submitted within 24 hours, the scrip coordinator will no longer hold the cards for you.

Coordinator will fill your order and text you to let you know it is ready for pick up in the school office.   All inventory orders will be filled at elementary office only.  You will be responsible for picking up your order or contacting your student to pick up your order for you.  Once orders are signed out of the school office, we no longer assume responsibility for any issues related to the order.

If you submit an order for inventory without verifying what is available FIRST, we cannot guarantee that it will be filled if we don’t have the cards ordered in inventory.  The order will remain in the coordinator’s que until the next order date for physical gift cards. 


 


 


 

 

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