Right-sized tuition: Variable Tuition Program

Why Variable Tuition?

  • Our goal is to increase enrollment in our schools.
  • We want to make a Catholic education an affordable option for our Catholic families, particularly middle-class families with several children.
  • The Variable Tuition Program is modeled on what many of our successful schools already do on a case-by-case basis. This program simply creates a standard framework across all our schools.

Key Aspects

  • Adjusts tuition to the unique circumstances of each family
  • Participation is voluntary for families. Those who opt out can choose to pay full tuition.
  • No family will pay more than the actual cost of educating their child
  • Increased enrollment will lead to healthier, more sustainable schools
  • Implementation begins 2018-19 in select schools

How It Works

If family elects to complete the variable tuition/financial aid application:

The family visits the school website or meets with the school rep to create an online account and enters its financial information, which creates a record for the family in the secure Seeds of Hope database. The school sets the family’s tuition based on: Shared formula; adjustments; 2017-2018 tuition; Taking into account a family’s eligibility for outside scholarships and aid. The school then communicates tuition and scholarship application responsibilities to the family via letter or contract from the pastor, principal and business manager.

If family chooses not to apply for financial aid or declines to share any personal financial data

The family pays full tuition (with multi-child discounts, if applicable).

Tuition Adjustment

In some cases, a family’s tuition may decrease based on its financial position.

If there is a large disparity between what a school currently charges and the per-student cost to educate, a family’s tuition in 2018-19 may increase slightly.

In either case, there will be no more than a 10 percent decrease or increase in tuition a family pays under the new Variable Tuition Program in 2018-19 versus what they paid in 2017-18.

Who Will Implement the Program?

Here are the schools that will be implementing the Variable Tuition Program in 2018-2019:

  • Annunciation
  • Assumption
  • Guardian Angels
  • Holy Trinity
  • Notre Dame
  • St. Bernadette
  • St. Catherine of Siena
  • St. Francis de Sales
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Pius X
  • St. Rose of Lima
  • St. Stephen
  • Sts. Peter and Paul

To apply for the Variable Tuition Program at one of these schools, click here.

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