Financial Aid & Scholarships

 

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

 

Financial Aid falls under two categories: merit (based on a student’s academic performance) and need (based on the financial situation of the student’s family). Eligible students may receive both merit and need-based assistance.

 

MERIT

Refers to funds granted based on merit, for example: academic recognition in a specific subject (math, science, arts, journalism, etc.), overall academic achievement, pursuit of a Career Path, academic qualifications based on specific donor designations, and other types of merit programs.

NEED-BASED

Refers to funds granted based on financial need and other specific donor designations. This includes funds received from Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, families must apply online through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, and through CEF annually.


 

St. Mary’s Academy 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.

Click Here to enter the FACTS Grant & Aid Process

Please note that the first round application deadline for need-based aid is January 7, 2021 for the incoming 9th grade class; applying early allows us the opportunity to provide a decision regarding aid prior to the March 2021 registration deadline. Transfer students should apply for aid no later than May 15, 2021.

Merit Scholarships

St. Mary’s Academy offers academic scholarships to incoming 9th grade students based on merit; not financial need. To be considered for a merit scholarship, applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at St. Mary’s Academy. A committee headed by the Principal will then oversee the selection and awarding process. Merit scholarships are awarded annually. Requirements for maintaining merit scholarships include earning a 3.0 or above GPA and following SMA’s high standards of conduct.

Onward Scholars

Be part of Onward Scholars at SMA-Cohort IV, Green Tie Class of 2025. Effective Fall 2021, scholarships to cover 75% of SMA tuition are available through the Onward Scholars program. For information on prerequisites and how to apply, click here.

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

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FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment online application opens.

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Virtual Open House & High School Information Night 

Our program includes an explanation of the SMA application process, an overview of academic and co-curricular programs, information on the interpretation and use of HSPT scores, an introduction to the Onward Scholars program, and a description of SMA scholarship and need based financial aid opportunities. This virtual event from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

 

 

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Catholic Education Foundation Financial Aid

Application Processing

 

 

 

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Virtual Open House & High School Information Night 

Our program includes an explanation of the SMA application process, an overview of academic and co-curricular programs, information on the interpretation and use of HSPT scores, an introduction to the Onward Scholars program, and a description of SMA scholarship and need based financial aid opportunities. This virtual event from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

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Early Bird DEADLINE! 

SMA Admission and Financial Aid applications!

Complete and submit the online SMA admission application, personal insight essay, financial aid application (with all supporting financial aid documents), immunization record, birth certificate & Career Path Essay (if applicable) by December 15, 2020 and your application fee will be waived. Incomplete admissions and Financial Aid applications cannot be processed and will not be eligible for the application fee waiver. 

 

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First Round DEADLINE!

The deadline for first round SMA admission applications, scholarships and financial aid consideration is January 7, 2021. Online admission and financial aid applications received after this date, will be accepted on a rolling basis as space and scholarships funds allow.

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SMA Admission, Onward Scholars Program, Scholarship/Financial Aid decision letters mailed

 

 

 

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SMA Early Bird Commitment Days!