SMCS recognizes the financial investment families make when choosing a Catholic school education.
Although families and extended families take primary responsibility for the cost of a student’s education, we are committed to helping parents who need assistance afford the choice of a SMCS education. SMCS offers need-based financial aid.
- Flexible Payment Plans:
Payments are made online through FACTS annually, bi-annually, or monthly for your convenience (https://online.factsmgt.com)
- Maryland BOOST Scholarship:
BOOST is a State Maryland Program, enacted in 2016, to ensure lower-income students could afford the K-12 education best fit for their needs. BOOST provides scholarships to eligible students to enable them to attend a nonpublic school.
The State Department of Education currently plans to open 2021 BOOST Applications early, contingent upon legislative authorization. MSDE has stated current plans to open the applications on or about March 1, 2020. Apply: http://www.educationmaryland.org/BOOST
- FACTS Education Grant & Aid Application:
All SMCS families are eligible to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance using the FACTS Education Grant & Aid Application. Deadline to apply for Archdiocesan assistance is February 28. NOW IS THE TIME TO APPLY ONLINE (please click on link): FACTS
- Catholic Parish Support:
Saint Mary and Saint Michael parishioners can apply for parish tuition assistance using the FACTS application. Deadline to apply for Saint Mary & Saint Michael assistance is April 1. Additional information is available in the school office.
Members of Saint Ann, Saint Joseph, Saint James, and Saint Augustine should contact your home parish pastors and ask what is available for assistance. Your pastors are grateful to be able to assist you. Archbishop William E. Lori is an advocate of Catholic education, so please ask your Church what She can do to help.
- Transfer Grants:
Students currently enrolled in public/private school who wish to transfer to St. Mary Catholic School may be eligible to receive $2,000 off the first year’s tuition and $1,000 off the second year’s tuition. A limited number of grants are available to students entering grades 1 through 7. Grants will be awarded the 1st of each month starting in March 2020. After each month, the grant program will be reevaluated to determine eligible grades. (http://stmarycatholicschool.org/transfergrants/)
Contact our office today to see if your child qualifies for a Welcome Grant: 301-733-1184.
- New Student Referral Program:
SMCS is implementing a New Student Referral Program for the 2020-2021 school year. Current SMCS families can earn a $300 tuition credit ($100 tuition credit per trimester for enrolled status) for each new student that is referred and actually enrolls in grades Pre-K full day through grade 8 and attends SMCS during the 2020-2021 school year. (Refer a family that enrolls two students and receive a $600 tuition credit. Refer a family that enrolls three students and receive a $900 tuition credit. Maximum tuition credit amount annually is $900). The tuition credit amount for referring a family who enrolls a student in the Pre-K half day program is $150 ($50 tuition credit per trimester for enrolled status). Read more about this program.
- State of Maryland, 529 Savings Accounts*:
- Child Care Tax Credit*:
SCRIP is a gift card program that generates “free money.” Our school families have been using SCRIP to reduce their own tuition. SMCS families have saved over a quarter of a million dollars in tuition costs using the SCRIP program. Start making Catholic education affordable today! Get started today: SCRIP.
*Nothing herein constitutes tax advice. Please consult a tax professional regarding any and all tax deductions or other tax planning, including changes to existing laws and limitations.Learn more about Grants & Aid