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St. Mary Catholic School Tuition

Enrolling your children in St. Mary Catholic School enables them to experience a long-standing tradition of academic excellence that is rich in spiritual formation. Choosing Catholic Education is truly an investment in their future!

Through the spiritual and financial support of St. Mary Parish, SMCS is committed to keeping Catholic education affordable. Tuition assistance is available to Catholic families through their local parishes. SCRIP is the absolute best way to earn money toward tuition by simply using gift cards for all your shopping needs.  Start saving now!  

Tuition & Financing Education 2022-20223

NEW in 2022-2023: the Health, Art, iPad, and Chromebook fees are INCLUDED in tuition and  will NOT be billed separately at the beginning of the school year.

Tuition: $7,650

Discounts for the 2022-2023 School Year

St. Mary/St, Michael Parish Discount Other Catholic Parish Discount
First Second Child (PreK Full Day – 8th Grade) -$1,800 -$800
Third Child (PreK Full Day – 8th Grade)  -$2,600 -$1,780
Fourth Child (PreK Full Day – 8th Grade) Discount based on available funds Discount based on available funds

*  Registered and participating Catholic Parshioners 

PreK Half Day Tuition is $3,900

New Student Application fee: $100 (due upon submission of application), New student registration fee: $250 (due  upon acceptance of enrollment), Returning family re-registration fee: $300 per family due January 31, 2022 (increases to $350 per student after January 31, 2022), Home and School Association (HSA) dues: $50 per family  ($55 for late payment), Mandatory Raffle Fundraiser: $70 each trimester or $210 opt-out fee (per family), Family Commitment: 10 hours volunteer service per trimester and/or $30 per hour opt-out fee (per family).

Financing Education:

Flexible Payment Plans

Payments are made online through FACTS annually, bi-annually, or monthly for your convenience (https://online.factsmgt.com)

FACTS Education Grant & Aid Application

All SMCS families are eligible to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance using the FACTS Education  Grant & Aid Application. (https://online.factsmgt.com/aid)

Catholic Parish Support

St. Mary and St. Michael parishioners can apply for parish tuition assistance using the FACTS Grant & Aid  application. Deadline to apply for St. Mary & St. Michael assistance is April 1. Members of St. Ann, St. Joseph, St. James, and St. Augustine should contact your home parish pastors and ask what is available  for assistance. Your pastors are grateful to be able to assist you.

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. (http://www.educationmaryland.org/BOOST)

State of Maryland, 529 Savings Accounts

The State of Maryland, in partnership with T. Rowe Price, now allows Marylanders to invest in 529  savings accounts to help pay their children’s K-12 tuition. Those who invest and pay for K-12 tuition with  a Maryland 529 account enjoy tax-free growth and a state income tax deduction. https://maryland529.com/K-12

Child Care Tax Credit

Families with a Pre-K (4) student may be eligible to claim a tax credit under the child care tax credit as  long as the student was under our care while the parent(s) worked or were in search of work. Families  with a stay-at-home or unemployed spouse cannot claim the credit. Please consult with your financial  adviser for details before claiming this tax credit and refer to IRS Publication  

503: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p503.

SCRIP

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. (http://stmarycatholicschool.org/families-friends/scrip/)

Interested in Learning More about our Catholic School?

In choosing St. Mary Catholic School, you are investing in your child’s tomorrow. For over 145 years students and families have been entrusting SMCS for educational excellence – spiritually, academically, and socially. We invite you to visit our campus in historic Hagerstown, Maryland to learn more about our school as well as our school community.