Tuition & Affordability

At first my husband and I doubted we could afford the Academy for our children’s education. Now, looking back and seeing the successful adults they have become, we realize it was never “How could we afford it?” It was “How could we NOT afford to enroll our children!”

— CA, parent of alumni

Tuition at the Academy of the Sacred Heart is an exceptional investment in your child’s future. The greatest gift a parent can give a child is an outstanding education embedded with character and leadership.

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.

For some families, the cost of full tuition can stretch resources beyond the limit of their annual budget. The Academy is committed to working with families to provide an unparalleled education regardless of a family’s circumstances.

  • 35%

    Of Academy students received some financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • $4,005

    The average amount of tuition assistance granted per student for the 2020-2021 school year.

Awards are made at grade levels from Primary thru Eighth Class and are for one year. Awards are based on financial need and the availability of funds. Although recipients must reapply each year, returning students are given priority for funds. Future awards assume students remain in good financial, academic, and behavior standing and continue to demonstrate financial need. Tuition assistance requests have no impact on the acceptance of a student.


2021-2022 Tuition & Course Fees

Primary School (3PK, PK & K)

  • Little Acorns (3PK) Half-Day 3 Day Program: $4,240 plus $225
  • Little Acorns (3PK) Half-Day 5 Day Program: $6,143 plus $225
  • Pre-Primary (PK) Half-Day Program: $6,694 plus $225
  • Primary (K) Full-Day Program: $12,858 plus $425

Lower School (1st-4th)

  • First Class: $13,143 plus $425
  • Second Class: $13,143 plus $425
  • Third Class: $13,143 plus $425
  • Fourth Class: $13,143 plus $495

Middle School (5th-8th)

  • Fifth Class: $13,143 plus $655
  • Sixth Class: $13,143 plus $655
  • Seventh Class: $13,143 plus $755
  • Eighth Class: $13,143 plus $875

Application Fee: $100

Course Fees are non-refundable comprehensive fees which cover books, instructional materials, Sacred Heart Network dues, field trips, and technology costs for the school year. In Middle School the fees also help cover retreats and laptops. First Communion fees are handled separately for 2nd grade.

Gift the Gap

While full tuition at the Academy of the Sacred Heart funds a major portion of the cost to educate, it does not fully cover the cost of education. The Academy relies on the generosity of alumni, parents of alumni, current parents, and friends of the Academy to supplement the “gap.” Earnings from the Annual Appeal, the Academy Classic Golf Tournament, Country Fair, and Chemin de Fer Dinner Auction make a significant impact to the cost of education. Parents who wish to “Gift the Gap” may be eligible for a tax deduction. Please contact the Advancement Office for more information.


Academy Tuition Assistance Application

We are grateful that earnings from our Endowment and Scholarship funds allow us to offer need-based tuition assistance to families who qualify. 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 their children, after meeting necessary expenses. 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

The Academy of the Sacred Heart uses FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to help us evaluate requests for aid.

Apply Online for Tuition Assistance

If you would like more information about the company, feel free to visit their web site at 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 the Academy. You can contact FACTS via phone at 1-866-441-4637 or email at info@factsmgt.com.

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 January 31st enrollment renewal date and to ensure that you receive the maximum aid for which you qualify, the application deadline is December 15, 2021 for current families. This includes the submission of your most current 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.

Other Tuition Assistance Options

Families are welcome to explore additional resources for Tuition Assistance through other sources including, but not limited to:

Beyond Sunday K-8

Funded through contributions to the Beyond Sunday campaign, the Beyond Sunday Education Fund Scholarship Program provides tuition assistance to middle-income families seeking a Catholic education for their children. Beyond Sunday is open to students of all faiths, with preference given to Catholic students whose families are Catholic and registered in a parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Elementary school awards renew through the eighth grade.

Click here for more information or to apply.

The Steward Foundation

More information coming soon!

The Daykin Scholarship

Through the generosity of the Dick, Betty and Rick Daykin Scholarship Fund, children and grandchildren of eligible full-time employees (2 years or more) of the St. Louis County Department of Transportation can apply for renewable grants covering up to full tuition to attend the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Apply here: http://ttef-stl.org/daykin/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $222 million in scholarships to over 2,800 students. For more information, visit: https://www.jkcf.org/

Young Scholars Program

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Visit: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/young-scholars-program/ for more information

The Children’s Scholar Program

Provides children of low-income families with tuition assistance in grades K-8, and supports expanding educational opportunities for all children. For more information: https://scholarshipfund.org/about/ 

Optional Program Fees (Early Arrival/Late Dismissal and Stay & Play)

Early Arrival / Late Dismissal Charges (Per Trimester)

Early Arrival: 6:30-7:40 a.m.

  • 1 Day – $44
  • 2 Days – $88
  • 3 Days – $132
  • 4 Days – $176
  • 5 Days – $220

Late Dismissal: 3:45-6:00 p.m.

  • 1 Day – $74
  • 2 Days – $148
  • 3 Days – $222
  • 4 Days – $296
  • 5 Days – $370

Both EA/LD

  • 1 Day – $118
  • 2 Days – $236
  • 3 Days – $354
  • 4 Days – $472
  • 5 Days – $590

EA/LD AS NEEDED – $16.50
AFTER HOURS – $18 (every 15 minutes)
SPECIAL PASS – $54

STAY & PLAY CHARGES (Little Acorns/Pre-Primary)

Trimester Plan (Billed Sept., Dec., Mar.)

  • 1 DAY – $246
  • 2 DAYS – $492
  • 3 DAYS – $738
  • 4 DAYS – $984
  • 5 DAYS – $1,230

Monthly Plan (Billed August thru April)

  • $82 per month
  • $164 per month
  • $246 per month
  • $328 per month
  • $410 per month

AS NEEDED – $24 per day

Financial Services

Tuition and fees are paid through FACTS Tuition. Payments are due on the 20th of the month.

Payment Plan Options:

  1. Payment in Full: Total payment on July 20th.
  2. Quarterly: Four equal payments due in June, September, December, and March.
  3. Monthly: Monthly payments over a period of 10 months beginning in June with final payment due in March.

Enrollment at the Academy of the Sacred Heart is continuous. The enrollment process was modified to adopt a mindset that “every Academy student is an Academy Graduate”. Parents are asked to sign an enrollment agreement only one time at the start of the student’s enrollment. This continuous enrollment agreement automatically renews each year on January 31st. If you chose to withdraw your student for the upcoming school year, you must withdraw your student via e-mail or letter to admissions@ash1818.org by January 31st.

It is imperative that we have enrollment figures for planning and staffing decisions, therefore, if a student withdraws after the January 31st deadline, late withdrawal fees will apply. Please refer to the enrollment agreement for terms and conditions.

New family enrollment packets include instructions from FACTS Tuition as to how to register for the payment plan of your choice. Methods of payment are arranged through FACTS Tuition and include:

  • bank authorization for an automatic transfer from checking or savings accounts (mandatory for the monthly and quarterly payment plans);
  • e-mailed invoicing for one payment plans, by written check, remitted to FACTS Tuition.
  • through VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. A convenience fee is charged for credit card use.

Please contact the Business Office (636-946-4517) with any questions regarding tuition payment options.

FACTS Tuition FAQ

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