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.


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.


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 Smart Aid, and through CEF annually.

The 2020-2021 financial aid application timeline will become available by the end of September 2019. The information below applies only to the 2019-2020 school year.


St. Mary’s Academy works with Smart Aid to administer our financial aid program.

Applications must be filed online beginning October 8, 2018. There will be an application fee of $35.

Click Here to enter the Smart Aid Process

Please note that the application deadline for need-based aid is December 17 for the class of 2023; applying early allows us the opportunity to provide a decision regarding aid prior to the March registration deadline.

Transfer students should apply for aid no later than May 15, 2019.

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) on-site 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 II, Red Ties Class of 2023. Effective Fall 2019, scholarships to cover 75% of SMA tuition are available through the Onward Scholars program. For information on prerequisites and how to apply, click here.



Current families receiving financial assistance must apply each year.




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Smart Aid online application opens.

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SMA Financial Aid Information Night- CEF and Smart Aid for prospective families and returning families in the GYM from 6:00 PM. - 7:15 PM. Attendance at this meeting is required to  receive a CEF on-site processing appointment. Returning families who are unable to attend the October 30 workshop, may attend the November 6 Information Night.

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SMA Financial Aid Workshop- CEF and Smart Aid for returning  families in the GYM from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Attendance at this meeting is required to receive a CEF on-site  processing appointment.





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Catholic Education Foundation Financial Aid On-site Application  Processing from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Development Office.

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Online due date for Smart Aid financial aid application AND
deadline for submitting a MAIL-IN CEF application to SMA (for incoming and returning students).

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Financial aid award letters are mailed to returning students and  incoming freshmen along with acceptance letters.






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Early Bird Registration Days







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Response by admitted and returning students must be received by  April 12 or the merit scholarship and financial aid awarded will be rescinded  and given to another student.