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Tuition And Financial Assistance

St. Mary School System is committed to keeping tuition affordable and to offer financial assistance where needed to ensure all families can choose an excellent Catholic education for their children. St. Mary allocates donor funds through our Fr. Lew White Assistance and Family Award Assistance as well as grant funding for Catholic and non-Catholic families with financial need.

2019-2020 Tuition

Preschool- 3 & 4 Year Olds

$2.00/day Before School Care 6:45-7:15AM*
*The time frame from 7:15 to 8:00AM is included in the options below:
$22.00/day Preschool Prime Time 8:00AM-11:00AM
$26.00/day Preschool Extended 8:00-2:30PM
$29.50/day Preschool and After-school Preschool Care 8:00AM-5:30PM

Preschool is offered Monday through Friday.
Students must enroll for a minimum of two days.
A $50 non-refundable fee is required at the time of registration to place your child on the preschool list.
Tuition Assistance is not available for preschool.

Tuition Grades K-12

Catholic Rates (Subsidized)

Grade Tuition Rate (Minus) Parish Subsidy Total Subsidized Tuition
K-5th $6,023 ($2,575) $3,448
6th-8th $6,181 ($2,575) $3,606
9th-11th $6,497 ($2,575) $3,992
12th $6,750 ($2,575) $4,175

Non-Subsidized Rates

Grade Total Tuition
K-5th $6,023
6th-8th $6,181
9th-11th $6,497
12th $6,750

Fees and Deposits

Blackbaud Smart Tuition Fee - $50 per P-12 family annually is required to set up tuition, preschool, and before/after child care payments through our 3rd party tuition payment system. - Fee is waived if K-12th tuition is paid in full.

Technology Fee - $60 per K-12 family annually to support technology hardware and software at all levels. - Fee is waived if K-12th tuition is paid in full.

Textbook Fee - $120 per K-12 student annually.

Registration Deposit - $50 per student is required for each K-12 student registering for the 2019-20 school year. This deposit is applied toward fall tuition.

All fees and deposits are non-refeundable.


After-School Program

St. Mary School System offers an after school care program for students in Preschool-8th grade Monday-Friday. The program is located at the elementary school and includes structured homework time, snack, and free play.

After- School Care

Cost (2:40PM-5:30PM) - $8.00/day

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is available for Catholic and non-Catholic families. Tuition Assistance is awarded to families who have successfully met the criteria for admission and have submitted the Tuition Assistance application completely.


Apply for Tuition Assistance

Follow these simple steps to apply for assistance:

  1. Complete the Registration Application.
  2. Complete the FACTS Tuition Assistance Application.
  3. Submit all tax forms and other supporting documents to FACTS.
  4. Once you have submitted the complete application, FACTS will notify the St. Mary Finance Office.

Tuition Assistance FAQs:

Subsidy is one way the local parishes support Catholic education and the families who choose a St. Mary education. This is not based on your income or financial situation. Participating parishes generously provide up to $2,575 per child per school year for families meeting the requirements of their parish. It is each family’s responsibility to contact their parish regarding how to receive subsidy. Subsidy is available for K-12th grade students.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Ashley Wright at ashley.wright@smss.org or 270.442.1681, ext. 286.

Students in grades K - 12 are eligible to apply for tuition assistance. Preschool is not eligible for tuition assistance.

Tuition assistance is based on need and funds available. Families must first complete a FACTS tuition assistance application. This information is verified through FACTS and provided to the System Director who will determine the amount of the award based on the funds available, the number of applicants requesting assistance, and the need of the family.

It is our goal that need-based financial assistance is provided as objectively as possible. Therefore, St. Mary utilizes a third-party system called FACTS to handle the tuition assistance application and verification process. Once the application is completed and returned, FACTS provides all of the necessary information for St. Mary to distribute need-based tuition assistance.

It does help to talk with the Director if there are extenuating circumstances or needs unable to be shared on the application for tuition assistance consideration. All information provided by the family through FACTS or in talking with the Director is held in the strictest confidence.

Once you have completed the registration application and been accepted, you may then apply for tuition assistance. The bulk of assistance is awarded before the school year begins. It is important to apply for assistance as early as possible to ensure availability.

A family’s financial situation may change from year to year. Therefore, all families seeking tuition assistance must reapply each year.

Yes! There are other ways to reduce tuition that do not involve need based tuition assistance. SCRIP- To learn more about Scrip and how you can easily use it to reduce tuition, please click HERE.

Referral Program- If you love St. Mary, tell your friends! They will receive a discount if they enroll and so will your family!

St. Mary does not charge tuition for the fourth (or more) child concurrently enrolled at St. Mary and attending kindergarten - 12th grade.

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