The distinctive loving spirit of a Sacred Heart school is expressed by a deep concern for each child’s total development.
Our creative approach to education goes beyond instruction to enrich the life of the intellect and the spirit, to inspire genuine caring for others, to help each student develop keen judgment and the ability to express oneself. These characteristics, combined with thorough academic preparation, will stand a student in good stead to tackle the challenges of high school, college and life.
Pre-Primary (half-day program)
Primary (full-day program)
1st – 8th Class
Application Fee: $100
We are grateful that earnings from our Endowment and Scholarship funds allow us to offer need-based tuition assistance to families who qualify. During the 2016–2017 school year, 15.1% of Academy families are receiving tuition assistance. This represents 16.3% of our students, with an average award of more than $5,000 per student. Because the Academy operates within a tuition assistance budget, funds are allocated in the order in which applications are completed and all requested documentation is submitted. Application files are reviewed only after a student is accepted.
All information submitted is treated confidentially and is used solely to arrive at a fair determination of financial need. Need is defined as the difference between the tuition cost of attending the Academy and a family’s calculated ability to pay. Aid does not apply to any additional expenses.
Tuition assistance awards are made on the assumption that the family is allocating the maximum amount of resources to the educational costs of the children, after meeting necessary expenses. Therefore, the Academy expects the funding of educational costs to be the top priority in the use of discretionary income.
If a family’s circumstances change after submitting their tuition assistance application, contact the Business Office to submit new information. Do not submit an additional application form. Our Tuition Assistance Review Committee will consider the new information and adjustments will be made based on revised need and our remaining aid resources.
The Application Process
Again this year, the Academy of the Sacred Heart will be making use of FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to help us evaluate requests for aid.
If you would like more information about the company, feel free to visit their web site at www.factsmgt.com. FACTS works with nearly 5,000 educational institutions and over a million families each year, helping them achieve their goals. They have been in business since 1986 and specialize in working with schools like ours.
Please be aware that:
- Advance written request to be considered for aid is not required.
- Tax documentation is required and is sent directly to FACTS.
- It is an easy online application process.
- There is a low application fee.
Application Deadline for Current Families
In order to be notified of the results of your application before the re-enrollment contract is due and to ensure that you receive the maximum aid for which you qualify, the application deadline is December 21, 2016 for current families. This includes the submission of your 2015 tax returns and W-2 forms. While late applications are accepted, any aid granted will be dependent on the availability of remaining funds.
Families new to the Academy will receive information about beginning the tuition assistance process upon acceptance of their child.
For further information, please call the Business Office at 636-946-4517.
Fees and Financial Services
For the 2016–2017 school year, a non-refundable comprehensive fee of $355 for Primary through 8th Class and $155 for Pre-Primary covers all course fees (books, instructional materials, Sacred Heart Network dues) for the school year and is due in August.
Throughout the school year you may be billed for grade-specific fees such as First Communion fees, Graduation fees, or field trip fees.
Tuition and fees are paid through Smart Tuition.
Payment Due Date Options:
As an added convenience for each family, you may choose whether your payments will be due on the 5th, the 15th, or the 25th of the month.
Payment Plan Options:
- Payment in Full: Total payment due in August on your chosen payment due date.
- Semester Payments: Two equal payments due in August and January.
- Quarterly: Four equal payments due in August, November, February, and May.
- Monthly: Monthly payments over a period of 10 months beginning in August with final payment due in May.
Re-enrollment packets are mailed in January. All Smart Tuition information (due date, payment plan option, and method of payment) will carry forward from the previous school year. If you would like to make a change to your account information, you may call Smart Tuition during June of each year, to take effect in the coming year. Smart Tuition can be reached 24/7 at 1-888-868-8828.
The Enrollment Agreement and deposit of $500 per child is due as stated on the Enrollment Agreement (typically late January) in order to reserve a spot for the following school year. The first payment in August is reduced by the enrollment deposit.
It is imperative that we have enrollment figures for planning and staffing decisions. Therefore, if the Enrollment Agreement and $500 deposit are not submitted by the due date, a late fee of $50 will be assessed every two weeks until they are received.
New family enrollment packets are mailed in March and include instructions from Smart Tuition as to how to register for the payment plan and payment due date of your choice. Methods of payment are arranged through Smart Tuition and include:
- bank authorization for an automatic transfer from checking or savings accounts (mandatory for the monthly payment plan);
- e-mailed invoicing for payment by written check, remitted to Smart Tuition;
- through VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. A convenience fee of 2.65% is charged for credit card use.
The due date for Enrollment Agreement and $500 deposit will be stated within the acceptance letter.
Please contact the Business Office (636-946-4517) with any questions regarding tuition payment options.
Smart Tuition FAQ
Our tuition management company, Smart Tuition
Why does the Academy use a tuition management company?
We use this outside service in order to offer more options to our parents, to respond to requests made by many of our families, and to do this in a way that still allows us to control our labor costs in the business office.
What is billed on my Smart Tuition invoice?
You will see all of the same items on your Smart Tuition invoice that you saw on your invoices that used to be prepared internally – tuition and various fees and service costs.
When will my payment be due?
You choose your due date from one of three choices: the 5th, 15th, or 25th of the month. You also choose whether to make one complete payment in August or to make two, four, or 10 payments. Since you are able to choose from three different due dates, the five-day grace period is no longer in effect. For example, if you choose to pay on the 5th, your payment will be considered late on the 6th and fees will apply. However, if you know that the 5th will not work for your upcoming payment, you can call Smart Tuition in advance of the due date and delay your due date for the upcoming payment. (Please allow five business days for this request.) Our use of Smart Tuition is all about flexibility for our families!
How will I be notified of my invoices?
Via e-mail from Smart Tuition.
How can I pay my bill?
You choose whether to pay by check, by phone, online, by credit card, or through automatic payments from your bank account. And you can change your payment method whenever you wish. (One stipulation, as in the past, if you choose to make monthly payments you are required to use automatic payments through your bank.)
Can I use a debit card instead of a credit card?
Yes, you can. Please be aware that credit card transactions have an associated 2.65% fee attached to them. (Banks charge a merchant for processing credit card transactions.) Your debit card payment will also be charged a 2.65% fee because it is processed like a credit card. However, if you just have your payments come automatically out of your bank account, there is no fee and the end result is virtually the same, but at no cost to you.
How do I make all of these choices?
For new families: You complete the Smart Tuition enrollment form that was included in your enrollment packet, mailed to you with your acceptance letter.
For returning families: You are automatically re-enrolled with the same payment date and payment method selected in the prior year. If you wish to make changes to your account, you may do that online at www.parents.smarttuition.com, or by phone, 1-888-868-8828, during the first two weeks of July.
I pay my tuition in full in August, do I still need to be enrolled with Smart Tuition?
Yes! In addition to tuition, fees throughout the year will also be processed by Smart Tuition. So all of the choices mentioned above need to be made for payment of these various fees – Early Arrival/Late Dismissal, field trips, First Communion, etc.
What if I have a question or want to make a change to my profile?
You can call Smart Tuition representatives at www.smarttuition.com. Of course, for questions about an item on your bill, you can still call the Business Office. But our hours remain 8:00–4:30, Monday through Friday.
How will I see my invoice information?
For new parents, once your Smart Tuition enrollment form has been processed, you will receive a welcome letter that will give you a login and password for your account. With those credentials you will have access to all of your billing and payment information. Returning parents can use their same login and password as in the 2011–2012 school year.
What about security of my personal information?
In over 20 years of operation, Smart Tuition has never had a security breach of their data files. They are PCI Compliant, 403™ Secured and treat your privacy and security as a number one priority! They will not share or sell any of your information.