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Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is committed to enrolling students from diverse economic, ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. The purpose of our financial aid program is to build a bridge between the expenses of St. Martin’s and a family’s ability to contribute.

St. Martin’s works with families to make the school accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of their ability to pay full tuition. Tuition assistance is based on demonstrated financial need. Nearly 50% of St. Martin's families receive some sort of tuition assistance. The average aid is $10,500.

It is difficult to predict whether a family qualifies for tuition assistance since individual circumstances vary so widely, and the overall demand may vary from year to year. However, the information here, together with frequently asked questions, may help you decide whether to apply for tuition assistance.

This fall, in addition to Open House, St. Martin's will host Tuition Assistance 101 on Sunday, October 28, 1-2 p.m.
 
Join us in The Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design as Admission Director Will Fletcher debunks common myths and misconceptions regarding affording a St. Martin’s education. St. Martin’s awards tuition assistance to make the school accessible to as many students as possible, regardless of their families’ ability to pay full tuition.

This presentation is geared toward parents with children applying to St. Martin's Lower, Middle or Upper School. Reserve your space at the presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Who can apply for tuition assistance?

    Families who have students entering Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to apply.

    Parents often ask, "What is the cut-off point for my income?" There isn't one. Every family has varying circumstances, such as family size, number of children in tuition-charging schools, assets, and debts that impact the parents’ capacity to contribute to the costs of education.

    Families are encouraged to apply for assistance if they anticipate that the cost of attending St. Martin's Episcopal School is greater than their ability to contribute.
  • How is financial need determined?

    Like many other independent schools, St. Martin's uses the needs analysis system of a third party vendor to assess the ability to pay.

    Parents complete an application which evaluates a family's income, assets, debts, family size, and the number of children in tuition-charging schools, with allowances for required taxes and basic necessities. College tuition for older siblings may not be considered in the calculation.

    St. Martin’s Tuition Assistance Committee reviews the external evaluation, tax information from the family, and any extenuating circumstances identified by the family in its decisions regarding financial aid.

  • How do I apply for tuition assistance?

    Tuition assistance letters with complete instructions are mailed in November to current families receiving aid.

    New families may apply for tuition assistance online. Tuition assistance packages are only offered to accepted applicants.

    Contact the admission office at 504.736.9980 or  if you would like to receive tuition assistance information.
  • Does applying for tuition assistance affect my child's chances of being admitted or enrolled?

    No. St. Martin's Episcopal admits and re-enrolls students without regard to a family's financial need.

    The tuition assistance process is separate from the admission and re-enrollment process. Prospective families are encouraged to apply for admission and tuition assistance at the same time to ensure that the Tuition Assistance Committee is able to make decisions in a timely manner.
  • Who will see my financial information?

    All information received by St. Martin's Episcopal School tuition assistance office is held in the strictest of confidence and will only be reviewed by members of the Tuition Assistance Committee.
  • What about divorced or separated parents?

    In the case of separation or divorce, the assets of all parents are taken into consideration. Both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete the tuition assistance application and submit the necessary documentation. In cases where information will not be forthcoming from both parents, communication with the Director of Admission should be made in advance of the application deadlines.
  • Only one parent works outside the home. Must both parents be employed to receive tuition assistance from St. Martin's?

    No. However, income will be imputed for a non-employed spouse if there are no preschool children at home or if the non-employed spouse is not attending school. An exception can be made if the parents are caring for a disabled or critically ill individual who resides in their home. Consideration may also be given to the parent who is home-schooling other children in their family.

  • Does St. Martin's award academic, merit, or athletic scholarships?

    St. Martin's does not award academic or athletic scholarships. St. Martin's awards up to four Bishop Brown Scholarships each year to students who meet the criteria. This scholarship is need-based.
  • What kind of tuition assistance awards can I expect in the following years?

    Tuition assistance awards are subject to review annually. Families must file a new application each year.
  • If we do not qualify for tuition assistance this year, can we apply again in future years?

    Yes. Tuition assistance awards are subject to review annually. If your financial situation changes, you may qualify for need-based assistance in the future.
  • Who should I contact if I have questions?

    Please feel free to contact the admission office at 504.736.9980 or  for more information about the tuition assistance process.