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Financing a Saint Thomas Academy Education

We are committed to working with you to clarify the financial aid process and explain financing options.  Last year 49.6% of Academy students collectively received over $3.2 million dollars in financial awards and assistance.

 

I know that I am lucky to be here.  It is a great school for a lot of reasons: the academics, the facilities, the military and the tradition.  But what I like most about Saint Thomas Academy are my classmates.  It's a great group of kids that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life.  I have three brothers with me here but I know I will leave school with a lot more.
- Connor O'Brien '20

Tuition INFORMATION

Tuition and Other Expenses

2018-19 Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition for grades 9-12 totals $22,600
  • Tuition for grades 7-8 totals $21,100
  • Tuition for grade 6 totals $18,500
  • A non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit, payable at time of registration, is applied to the tuition amount

Other Expenses

SAGE Dining - Lunch Program $995
Uniforms (from new, but used are available)        $200-$1,000
Athletics Fees (range, depending on sport) $30-$750
Transportation                                                     $1,350-$1,500
Social Events (dances, out of uniform, etc.)       $5-$50
Optional College Prep (ACT test prep, etc.)       $100-$675
Senior Fee for Retreat and Party $175

 

Payment Options

Full, Quarterly and Monthly Payment Plans via SMART Tuition

Payment options include one-time payment in full (August), quarterly (July, Sept, Nov & Feb), and monthly payment plans. The monthly plan has two options:  twelve or ten monthly payments both beginning in May.

 

 

APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

All tuition assistance applicants must complete a Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) application. TADS is used by all Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to determine a family's tuition need. TADS applications can be filled online or can be printed and mailed to you from TADS. Completing your TADS application online will expedite the process.

Submitting TADS applications after the deadline may affect a student’s financial award, as we have limited funding. Funding cannot be allocated to TADS applicants unless the student has been granted admission to Saint Thomas Academy. TADS may be filed prior to the admission decision, but notification of potential tuition assistance qualification will not be sent until after a student is admitted.

Submit TADS Application

Financial Aid

Academic Scholarships

Headmaster Awards

Headmaster’s awards recognize students with strong academics who reflect Saint Thomas Academy's core values of faith, excellence, integrity and respect.  Varying amounts are given for up to four years.

Board of Trustees Leadership Awards

The Board of Trustees Leadership Award is a merit-based scholarship for students entering Grade 9 at Saint Thomas Academy.

This award recognizes outstanding boys who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and leadership promise. As a merit scholarship, this award is made without consideration of the student's financial need. Students entering Grade 9, with or without financial need, are eligible to apply. The award is open to current Saint Thomas Academy students as well as to students applying for admission to Grade 9.

Middle School Leadership Awards

The Middle School Leadership Award is a merit-based scholarship for students entering Grade 6, 7 or 8 at Saint Thomas Academy.

This award recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement and leadership promise. As a merit scholarship, this award is made without consideration of the student's financial need. Students entering Grade 6, 7 and 8, with or without financial need, are eligible to apply. The award is open to current Saint Thomas Academy students as well as to students applying for admission to Grades 6, 7 and 8.

Excellence in Achievement Awards

Each year the top students who place highest on the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities) placement test given in January will receive a one-year academic scholarship. No application is required.

Financial Assistance Scholarships

AIM Higher

Established in 2016 by the AIM Higher Foundation to support middle school students who pursue Catholic based education at a Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  Funds will support the student through the eighth grade.  

Fruen Scholarship Fund

Established in 2016 by David A. Fruen '58 to allow one student to experience the quality education, mentorship of faculty and administrators and the great camaraderie with fellow students that defines Saint Thomas Academy.  The fund will provide tuition assistance for a determined amount per year for a single freshmen student throughout his Saint Thomas Academy enrollment.

James S. Garberg, DSC, '41 Commandant's Legion of Valor Award

Established in 1998 by James S. Garberg '41 to honor and reward the top Leadership Development student in the Junior Class.  The award consists of a medal and payment of a portion of the senior's tuition.

Vernon J. Lovegreen '57 Memorial Scholarship

Established by his classmates and family as a living tribute to Vernon J. Lovegreen '57 in honor of his memory.  Grants from this fund will help future junior and senior Rifle Team members with demonstrated financial need to experience quality education, mentorship of faculty and administrators and the great camaraderie with fellow students that define Saint Thomas Academy.

Tom Malchow '95 Endowed Silver Scholarship Fund

Established by Tom and his parents at the time of his silver-medal winning performance in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.  This fund will help perpetuate the strong swimming tradition at Saint Thomas Academy by providing tuition assistance for qualified students who are members of the Academy's swimming program.

NewDay USA Foundation

Scholarship is open to select Military Schools and Academies.  The Foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities for children of our military service families.
Criteria:
- Application should be from Gold Star families
- Or, son of a veteran who is completely and permanently disabled due to their combat service.  The service member's family must have been significantly and negatively impacted financially due to their disability.
- The following are taken into consideration: academic performance, behavior, essay submitted by the applicant, financial need of the family and overall compelling nature of the veteran family's situation.
Maintaining eligibility:
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA in a satisfactory amount of time
- Maintain behaviors that are consistent with the Foundation

Operation Scholar

Established in 2016 by Michael Purdy '99 and Eric Patterson '99.  Grants from this fund shall provide tuition assistance for two or three families per year for the duration of the student's enrollment at Saint Thomas Academy.  Grants from this fund will help future students with demonstrated financial need experience the quality education, the mentorship of faculty and administrators and the great camaraderie with fellow students that define Saint Thomas Academy.

Steele Family Scholarship Fund

Established by Tom '58 and Mary Steele in 2006 to provide one (1) full tuition scholarship to a student who qualifies for financial assistance and who participates in co-curricular activities, specifically football.  He need not be a starter, a star, or play a specific position, but must emulate the qualities of the Academy especially in the public promotion of school spirit, an active involvement in school life and show a willingness to challenge himself and others so that the Saint Thomas Academy Community and the world is a better place for all.

Lawrence and Patricia Timmons Scholarship Fund

Established in 2016, this fund is to provide one or more scholarships annually to student(s) at Saint Thomas Academy.  Additional proceeds will become available through annual gifts provided by the Timmons family and is open to contributions from non-family members.  The family's preference is that the scholarship be awarded to student's who meet the following:
1. a GPA of 2.0 or above
2. are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior
3. in need of financial aid

By The Numbers

$3m

Over $3 million dollars given in financial assistance.

49.6%

Percentage of students receiving financial assistance.

$16.1m

Amount of college scholarships awarded to the class of 2018.

100%

Satisfaction with faculty, academics and student life.