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 a variety of merit scholarships to incoming 9th grade students based on an applicant's demonstrated excellence. 

To be considered for any merit scholarship, applicants must register for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at St. Mary’s Academy on Saturday, January 15, 2022 (8:30AM-12:30PM).  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.

Principal Distinction Scholarship

100% tuition for 4 years

Valued at over $45,000 in total scholarship

Awarded to the Onward Scholar with the top HSPT scores


*Onward Scholars Program

75% tuition for 4 years

Valued at over $35,000 in total scholarship

Includes robust personalized mentoring and programming

Limited to 12 students

Based on excellence in:

  • Academics (target 3.5 GPA or higher in core subjects-math, English/Language Arts, science, & social studies)
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Onward Scholars essays
  • HSPT
  • performance during Onward Scholars group and individual interviews

* Must submit the Onward Scholars application to be eligible. For information on prerequisites and how to apply, click here.


St. Joseph Distinction Scholarship

65% tuition for 4 years

Valued at over $30,000 in total scholarship

Limited to up to 15 students who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in one or more of the following areas:


  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Specified talents
  • Academic excellence
  • SMA interview
 

Belle Distinction Scholarship

25% - 50% tuition for 4 years

Valued at $11,500 - $25,000 in total scholarship

Limited to 10 students who demonstrate a great level of excellence in one or more of the following areas:


  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Specific talents
  • Academic excellence
  • SMA interview

 

Matching Scholarship

St. Mary’s Academy will match any parish or school award up to $500 per parish or school

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

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 $40. 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 $40. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must apply each school year.

 

Click here to create your FACTS Tuition Management Account

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Virtual Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Application Processing Dates

November 16 & November 17, 2021


 

 

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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.