Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships

The purpose of the St. Mary’s Academy Financial Aid Program is to offer students’ families with financial support in order to provide access to a Catholic education which might otherwise be inaccessible and to ensure the academic success of their daughters.

Financial aid at SMA falls under two categories: merit and need-based. Eligible students may receive both merit and need-based assistance.

Merit Scholarships

St. Mary’s Academy offers scholarships to incoming 9th grade students based on an applicant's demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • academics
  • standardized test scores
  • leadership
  • SMA interview
  • specific donor guidelines

Students do not need to apply for merit scholarships other than Onward Scholars.

Onward Scholars

Be part of Onward Scholars at SMA Cohort V, Gold Tie Class of 2026! The program offers 12 scholarships that cover 75% of SMA tuition . For information on prerequisites and how to apply, click here.

To be considered for any merit scholarship, applicants must either register for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at St. Mary’s Academy on Saturday, January 15, 2022 (8:30AM-12:30PM) or, if taking the HSPT at another school, request those scores be emailed to admissions@smabelles.org. A committee headed by the Principal will then oversee the selection and awarding process. Requirements for maintaining merit scholarships include earning a minimum GPA of 3.0 and following SMA’s high standards of conduct.

 

Need-Based Aid

St. Mary’s Academy works with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to administer our financial aid program. There is an application fee of $35. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must apply each school year.  Need-based aid includes funds awarded by the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) and other sources. Eligibility is determined annually through the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment via its online application and CEF income guidelines.

FACTS applications will become available on October 23, 2021.

Please note that the first round application deadline for need-based aid is January 14, 2022 for the incoming 9th grade class and transfers. Applying early allows SMA the opportunity to provide a decision regarding aid prior to the March 2022 registration deadline. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR FINANCIAL AID

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FACTS Applications are Available

SMA works with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to administer our financial aid program. There will be an application fee of $35. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must apply each school year.

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Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Application Processing Dates

Dates for CEF to be determined. 

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Open House and High School Information Night 

Our program includes an explanation of the SMA application process, an overview of academic and co-curricular programs, an introduction to the Onward Scholars program, and a description of SMA scholarship and need-based financial aid opportunities. This event is from 4:00PM-7:00PM. Click here to RSVP.

 

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Open House and High School Information Day 

If you missed our first Open House in October, join us at this event for an explanation of the SMA application process, an overview of academic and co-curricular programs, an introduction to the Onward Scholars program, and a description of SMA scholarship and need based financial aid opportunities. This event is from 6:30PM-8:30PM. Click here to RSVP.

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Early Bird Deadline for SMA Admission and Financial Aid Applications! Complete and submit the SMA admission application, personal insight essay, financial aid application with all supporting documents, immunization record, birth certificate and career path essay (if applicable) by today at 11:59PM to waive the $75 application fee.

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 First Round Admissions Consideration Deadline!

Today is the deadline for first round admission and financial aid consideration. Applications received after this date will be accepted on a rolling basis as space and scholarships funds allow. All elementary and middle schools must submit transcripts, standardized test scores, discipline record, attendance record, and Archdiocesan Common Evaluation Forms to SMA by this date.

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Decision

All admissions, scholarship, financial aid, and program notifications will be mailed and emailed on this day for all complete applications.

 

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SMA Early Bird Commitment Days!

Register within this time frame to take advantage of our discounted registration fee of $350. Registration will increase to $500 after March 18.