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
|SAGE Dining - Lunch Program||$995|
|Uniforms (from new, but used are available)||$200-$1,000|
|Athletics Fees (range, depending on sport)||$30-$750|
|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|
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.
- Headmaster Awards
- Board of Trustees Leadership Awards
- Middle School Leadership Awards
- Excellence in Achievement 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.
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.
- AIM Higher
- Fruen Scholarship Fund
- James S. Garberg, DSC, '41 Commandant's Legion of Valor Award
- Vernon J. Lovegreen '57 Memorial Scholarship
- Tom Malchow '95 Endowed Silver Scholarship Fund
- NewDay USA Foundation
- Operation Scholar
- Steele Family Scholarship Fund
- Lawrence and Patricia Timmons 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.
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.
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 current students who are members of the Academy's swimming program.
Scholarship is open to select Military Schools and Academies. The Foundation seeks to provide educational opportunities for children of our military service families.
- 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.
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA in a satisfactory amount of time
- Maintain behaviors that are consistent with the Foundation
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.
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.
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
- Achieving Dreams
- AOCG (Alumni of Concordia Group)/ MMSA (Maternity of Mary St. Andrew)
- Pioneer Foundation
- Tartan Area Youth Enrichment Inc.
Achieving Dreams (501c-3 organization) is a vessel for reaching out to the community to serve a mission of hope and offer youth and adults an opportunity to continue in organized activities and education that enlightens and improves the human condition.
Volunteers of Achieving Dreams are people willing to band together to help these youth and adults succeed. Our program is entirely comprised of volunteers. All proceeds are focused on our mission to help families afford meaningful and positive experiences in organized activities and education. Challenges
Below are some of the events Achieving Dreams need volunteers for:
Lynx and Timberwolves Games
For specific details regarding upcoming events, training, sign ups or questions please contact:
Holly at 763.424.2431 or email her at: email@example.com
The organization is set up for parent and their children to volunteer at an assortment of professional and college sports games. Their hours of volunteerism allows for the parents earn dollars that can go towards students tuition. For specific information, please contact Linda Huey at: 651.488.1222 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pioneer Foundation is a 501c-3 organization that provides opportunities for families to volunteer their time at a variety of events. Each month checks are distributed to designated organizations along with a report showing who worked to donate those funds. These monies do not belong to the workers; they belong to the organizations designated. The funds are not income for the volunteer and do not belong to the volunteers. The funds are paid to the Pioneer Foundation, which, in turn, forwards them to the churches, schools and charities designated by the volunteers at the events. These funds are to be used at the discretion of the churches, schools and charities for the general good of the group, not as income for individual members or payment of fees.
Below are some of the events Pioneer Foundation need volunteers for:
Gopher Sporting Events
High School tournaments
For specific details regarding upcoming events, training, sign ups or questions please contact the Foundation Bonnie Nelson by phone at: 651.303.9515 or email: PFFPA1987@aol.com
General Concession Volunteer Information
Tartan Area Youth Enrichment, Inc. has contracted with Delaware North at Target Field in Minneapolis, with Centerplate at the H.H.H. Metrodome, and other various event promoters to staff concession stands with volunteer workers in exchange for a percentage commission on all sales in those stands. This has been a very fun and profitable fund-raiser. What began in 2009 as a hockey fund-raiser has expanded to include the entire Tartan area and several neighboring communities. Volunteers have the opportunity to work at Twins baseball, Vikings football, high school tournaments, various trade shows and conventions, and many other special events.
Concession workers in our program are volunteers and are not paid for their work. They may designate a “share” of the proceeds of each event they work to various non-profit organizations to enrich the youth and/or community. Each month checks are distributed to designated organizations along with a report showing who worked to donate those funds. These monies do not belong to the volunteers; they belong to the organization designated. The funds are not income for the volunteers and do not belong to the volunteers. The stand commissions earned are paid to the Tartan Area Youth Enrichment, Inc., which, in turn, forwards them to the various non-profit organizations designated by the volunteers. These funds are to be used at the discretion of the various non-profit organizations for the general good of the group, not as income for individual members. Tartan Area Youth Enrichment, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501c-3 organization and, as such, files returns with the federal and state governments. Our exempt status is based on the premise that volunteers are not paid for their work and are not employees. Volunteers are not covered by any worker’s compensation benefits through Tartan Area Youth Enrichment, Inc., the companies for whom we volunteer or the non-profit organizations that receive donations.
Over $3 million dollars given in financial assistance.
Percentage of students receiving financial assistance.
Amount of college scholarships awarded to the class of 2018.
Satisfaction with faculty, academics and student life.