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Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates at St. Mary are in line with, or slightly lower, than those at other elementary schools within the Diocese of Arlington. The following tuition rates and fees are in effect for the 2017-2018 school year. Additional standard expenses, for example, acceptance, textbook, and technology fees, also apply. They are subject to change for the next school year.

St. Mary School uses FACTS as its online tuition and fee management service. Tuition and fees are payable to FACTS in 12 monthly payments, starting in June. There is a $50 processing fee assessed by FACTS. St. Mary also offers the option of paying tuition and fees in full through FACTS. Newly accepted families will receive instructions on setting up their FACTS accounts in their acceptance letters.

For families enrolled in our Extended Day Program, the corresponding fees will be added to their FACTS account withdrawn over 10 months (August - May).


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Eligibility for In Parish Tuition Rates

Eligibility for In-Parish tuition rates:

The In-Parish tuition rate is available to all Catholic families who are active members of St. Mary parish. For purposes of school registration or tuition rates, an “active parishioner” is defined as someone who has formally registered in the parish and is an active participant in parish life for a period of at least one year (as of April 1st). To qualify for In-Parish rates, you must also make regular financial contributions to the parish through the use of Faith Direct* or envelopes. The pastor of St. Mary parish determines parish status. St. Mary School defers to the pastor or his representative at the parish for examination of records to determine the membership of a family and their participation in parish life.

Recently transferred military families have the opportunity for an exemption to the 1 year parish member requirement in order to receive in parish tuition rates, provided that St. Mary School receives the Parish Acknowledgement form from your current parish andyou join St. Mary parish. You must advise the school that your move is a military ordered move and you are looking to join St. Mary parish. If approved, you are expected to be an active parishioner as outlined above and make regular financial contributions to the parish through the use of Faith Direct* or envelopes in order to maintain parishioner status for future school years.

If a parent is registered at St. Mary Church and the children are non-Catholic, the parent must pay the non-Catholic tuition rate.

Registered St. Mary Parishioner Families, who have not been fully active during the previous calendar year, will be charged the non-parishioner tuition rate for the upcoming school year. Tuition status will not change during a school year. Any changes to status will apply for the following school year.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the St. Mary Parish, please visit the parish website at:www.stmaryoldtown.org.

*Electronic giving with Faith Direct

Please consider enrolling in Faith Direct. Faith Direct allows you as a parishioner to make your Church contributions through either direct debit from your checking/savings account or through your credit/debit card. No more writing checks or searching for envelopes on the way out the door. Now you can apply the convenience of direct debit to your parish offerings in much the same way as you may now use it to make your mortgage, car or tuition payments. Faith Direct also offers you personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes for the collection basket. To enroll securely online, please visit www.faithdirect.net. Our parish code is VA713.

Withdrawal Policy

Tuition is withdrawn over 12 months starting in June for each academic year. If you notify us of your student’s withdrawal before the 15th of the month, future tuition payments will not be due. If notification occurs after the 15th of the month the following months’ tuition will be due regardless of whether your student is enrolled in that month. Once a month has started the tuition for the full month is due no matter how many days your student is enrolled that month. This notification timeline includes summer months and begins in May as tuition is withdrawn starting in June.

If a student withdraws at any point after March 1st, all remaining annual tuition is due. Transcripts will not be provided until these financial obligations are met.

Email notification to Mrs. Janet Cantwell, Principal is required and a withdrawal form must be completed (this will be sent to you after Mrs. Cantwell has received your notification email). Mrs. Cantwell can be reached at jcantwell@smsva.org. Tuition must be current and up to date before the withdrawal process can begin. The first month tuition, registration fees, acceptance fees, book/technology fees, tuition deposit, extended day registration fees, milk fees; financial aid and scholarships are non-refundable. There is no tuition refund for students expelled for disciplinary reasons.

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