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Tuition and Fees

Sending your child to St. Mary’s Academy is a significant investment for your family. At the heart of St. Mary’s Academy’s mission is the commitment to provide a Catholic, college preparatory education to young women of all economic backgrounds.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid falls under two categories:

For the 2018-2019 School Year $1.4 million dollars in assistance was awarded.

Merit: based on a student’s academic performance

Need: based on the financial situation of the student’s family.

Merit Scholarships

Incoming 9th grade students who exhibit achievement both inside and outside of the classroom are recognized by our scholarship program. These awards are based on merit; not on financial need. For more information on merit based scholarships, please visit our financial aid and scholarships page.

Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)

Tuition and Standard Fees: $9,340 per child

Additional student from same family: $8,640 per child

Additional Fees

$500- Non-refundable registration fee

$500- Senior graduation and retreat fee

$200-Annual athletic fee first sport and $100 each additional sport

$50- Parent mandatory meeting no show fee

$10/hr- Parent involvement hours, billed $10 for each uncompleted hour- 35 hours required if receiving financial aid

$35- Smart Aid application fee

$48- Smart Tuition enrollment fee or $250 if not enrolled

Other: Please note that uniform costs and athletic spirit packs will vary.


Tuition and fees paid by families constituent a portion of the actual per pupil expenses, which is $12,870. The difference between the per pupil cost and the tuition charged is obtained in many ways, primarily through generous donations from foundations, corporations, alumnae, and individuals, from multi-faceted development programs and fund-raising activities.

St. Mary’s Academy partners with Smart Tuition for the processing and collection of our families’ tuition for the 2019-2020 school year.

Smart Tuition offers 12 and 10 month, quarterly, or annual payment plans. All families must enroll in Smart Tuition for payment processing; families who fail to enroll with Smart Tuition will be assessed a $250 annual processing fee.  Smart Tuition will assess an administrative fee of $48, which will be added to your first month’s tuition. To enroll in Smart Tuition, please click here.

529 Plan
Your 529 plan can now be used to fund tuition costs for private and religious K-12 education, up to $10,000 per child per year. While contributions are not deductible for California income tax purposes, earnings accrue free of state income tax. Any withdrawals used for qualified higher education expenses and outgoing rollovers to other qualified 529 plans are also state income tax free. This benefit alone gives some California 529 account holders a new way to save money for both current and future academic expenses.The costs of textbooks, supplies and other expenses for K-12 education are not covered under this new rule.

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