School of St. Mary

Tuition and Fee Policy

2017 - 2018 Academic Year

 
Thank you for your interest in our learning community. Recognizing you as the primary educators of our students, we embrace you as partners in the entire educational process.
 
Our Parish Business Office will invoice and collect tuition as well as comprehensive fees. The Admissions Office will inform the Parish Business Office of each new enrollment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your school invoice, please contact Cindy Luetje, Tuition and Fee Coordinator, at the Parish Business Office by phone (847-582-2505) or email (cluetje@churchofstmary.org).
 
Application Fee for New Families
 
  • New student applications are accepted throughout the year depending on class availability.
  • If you are enrolling your family for the first time at the School of St. Mary, the Application Fee for each new family is $300, regardless of the number of children. This non-refundable fee must be in the form of a check made payable to the School of St. Mary and sent to the address below:
School of St. Mary
Attention: Admissions
900 West Everett Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
 
Re-Enrollment Fee for Current Families
 
  • If you are enrolling a sibling of a current student, there is no additional Application Fee.
  • The online Re-Enrollment Application and a $200 returning family fee is due March 1, 2017.
  • For families who re-enroll after March 1, 2017, the Re-Enrollment fee is $300.
  • This non-refundable fee must be in the form of a check made payable to the School of St. Mary and sent to the address below:
School of St. Mary
Attention: Admissions
900 West Everett Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
 
Comprehensive Fees
  • The Parish Business Office will invoice all families for comprehensive fees on or around March 15, 2017.
  • All comprehensive fees are due April 1, 2017.
  • Comprehensive fees are non-refundable.
Tuition Payment Plans
 
The Parish Business Office will invoice all families for tuition according to the plan each family selects on the New Family Application or Re-Enrollment Application. The plans are as follows:
 
  • If you wish to pay tuition with one payment, it is due by July 1, 2017.
  • Ten equal tuition payments due by the 1st of the month, according to the following schedule:
    • July 1, 2017
    • August 1, 2017
    • September 1, 2017
    • October 1, 2017
    • November 1, 2017
    • December 1, 2017
    • January 1, 2018
    • February 1, 2018
    • March 1, 2018
    • April 1, 2018 = final tuition payment
We are pleased to offer families three options for paying tuition and comprehensive fees: check, direct debit, or credit card.
  • A personal check may be either handwritten or electronic and sent to the address below:
Parish Business Office
Attention: Mrs. Cindy Luetje
201 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
 
  • Returned checks will incur a $25 per check processing fee to cover bank charges.
  • Parents may authorize direct debit or direct withdrawals to cover their school financial obligations.
  • The Parish Business Office accepts American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
    • All credit card payments incur a processing fee of 2.75% of the total transaction, per transaction.
Extracurricular Activity Charges
 
The school offers a rich variety of extra-curricular activities for additional fees.
  • Families must pay in full by check for extracurricular offerings prior to the start of the activity.
  • Families who are not current with tuition payments may not register for extracurricular activities.
Tuition and Fee Delinquency
 
All families are responsible for fulfilling their tuition obligation to the School of St. Mary on a timely basis. Should you have difficulty meeting tuition payments, it is your responsibility to notify the Parish Business Office in order to make special arrangements and adjustments to your tuition plan.
 
Payment is due on the date specified in the Payment Schedule. If you choose to delay payment beyond payment schedule date, you are also choosing to interrupt your child/children's attendance at the school. You are also choosing to interrupt your child/children's participation in athletic and extracurricular activities.
 
Accounts must be current by the following dates:
  • August 23, 2017
  • November 1, 2017
  • January 1, 2018
  • March 1, 2018
Furthermore, the school will not release official records until families have completed all financial obligations. If the parish has granted financial assistance to a family, the assistance award cannot be applied if tuition or fees are past due.
 
Tuition Balance and Enrollment
 
In the event of delinquent tuition or outstanding fee balances during the re-enrollment period for the subsequent academic year, the registration and enrollment will be placed on hold. All tuition and fees must be paid-in-full prior to re-enrollment.
 
Parishioner Rate
 
The parishioner rate for tuition is available to those Roman Catholic families who are approved, registered members of the Church of St. Mary.
 
  • In addition to being registered, the families must also regularly participate in Sunday mass at the Church of St. Mary while supporting the mission of the parish by donating their time, talent, and financial resources.
  • Financial donations in the church collections can be made through the use of the parish offertory envelope or Give Central.
  • Families who wish to take advantage of the Parishioner Rate for the school must regularly contribute to the offertory collection of the parish. The final determination on parishioner status and rate rests with the Pastor of the Church of St. Mary.
  • Please understand that the average actual cost of educating a student at the School of St. Mary is $7,300.
  • The School of St. Mary Parents’ Association fundraisers and the Church of St. Mary subsidy offset the difference between tuition and actual educational costs.
  • Active parishioners of St. Patrick Church are eligible for the parishioner rate with the approval of their pastor.
    • If the pastor of St. Patrick Church does not approve parishioner status for a family, the School of St. Mary will modify that family’s tuition status to non-parish.
  • The respective pastors in consultation with the principal may adjust the status of a family from parishioner rate to non-parishioner rate if a family does not meet the necessary criteria.
Refund Policy
 
The school offers faculty and staff contracts as well as purchases materials based upon the March student enrollment.
 
  • Both new and returning students are required to pay non-refundable registration and comprehensive fees.
  • For students who withdraw from the School of St. Mary, the Parish Business Office will only process tuition refunds if the family moves out of Lake County.
  • Tuition is required for any month in which a student is in attendance, regardless of the number of days.
  • Tuition is non-refundable for a family who remains in Lake County but withdraws students from the School of St. Mary.