Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates at St. Mary’s are in line with, or slightly lower, than those at other elementary schools within the Diocese of Arlington. The following tuition rates are in effect for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional standard expenses, for example, acceptance, textbook, and technology fees, also apply.

Pre-kindergarten - Per child: $5,220 (parish status is not considered)

1 Child 2 Children 3 Children 4 Children  5 or more children
In-Parish Families $6,860 $11,960 $16,590 $20,255  $20,255 +
Out of Parish Families $8,645 $16,695 $23,475 $28,090 $28,090 + $2,390 for each additional child 
Non Catholic Families $9,690 $18,635 $26,630  

The In-Parish tuition rate is available to all Catholic families who are active members of St. Mary's 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’s parish  determines parish status.  St. Mary’s 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 they submit in writing a letter of good standing from their current parish outlining that they are an active member of their current parish and join the St. Mary’s parish.  This letter must be sent to the attention of the school registrar for review by the pastor.  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’s Church and the children are non-Catholic, the parent must pay the non-Catholic tuition rate.


Registered St. Mary’s 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.


*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 Our parish code is VA713.


St. Mary’s School uses FACTS as its online tuition and fee management service.  Tuition and fees are payable to FACTS in 12 monthly payments, June through May.  There is a processing fee.  St. Mary’s 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 corresponding fees will be added to their FACTS account and spread over 12 months.