One mom of three boys opens up about her family's approach to the challenge of paying for private high school...and why it is worth it.
Tuition, Scholarships, and Assistance OLD
We value your son and your commitment to his education.
We acknowledge the sacrifices families make when they invest in private school. We take our stewardship seriously and encourage families to apply for tuition assistance and our scholarship. Our recently established tuition index program was developed to make exceptional education accessible to a broader range of well-qualified students who otherwise may not have been able to attend our school.
|2020-2021 Tuition and Fees|
|Tablet Lease-to-Own Annual Fee||$675|
|Spartan Association Fee||$20|
|Freshman Orientation Fee||$125|
|Sophomore Retreat Fee||$150|
|Junior Retreat Fee||$150|
|Senior Graduation Fee||$350|
I wasn't sure if I could afford De Smet Jesuit as a single parent financing it totally on my own, but thanks to the amazing people at De Smet, tuition assistance, a flexible payment plan, and a home equity line of credit, what initially seemed to be out of my reach became a reality. In truth, I couldn’t afford not to send my son to De Smet. Beth, mom to a Spartan, Class of 2019
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scholarship money awarded to the Class of 2020
who received at least 1 scholarship offer
26% of our families
offered to students
go on to college or military academies
In September, prior to the next school year, families may access and submit an online application with FACTS Management. We consider many factors in determining each family’s tuition responsibility. Along with carefully reviewing FACTS Management recommendations through your completed application, and other qualitative information provided by your family, our committee will determine a sustainable need-based award for your family while enabling our ability to maintaining our mission and commitment to our community. In order to better determine a timely estimate of your need-based tuition assistance award, we highly encourage our incoming families to submit their completed FACTS Management application prior to the January 15 deadline.
Tuition does not include the cost of books, lunch, or PE uniforms. These costs can vary depending on student needs. Books can range from $150-$350 per year; students can bring lunch from home or buy in the cafeteria; and PE uniforms are a minimal cost during the semesters your son is in PE.
There may be other sources of tuition assistance available to you. We encourage you to review the options listed below for a potential fit.
- Scholarships through your parish school
- De Smet Jesuit’s Merit Scholarship
- The Beyond Sunday Scholarship Program through the St. Louis Archdiocese.
- The Missouri MOST program.
- Help from relatives
We are also happy to meet with you in person to discuss flexible payment plans.
We understand that the process of choosing a high school and determining finances is stressful. It is our sincere hope that by providing this information early in the process we will help you make the best decision for your son and your family.
Each family must reapply annually before the established application deadline for the following school year. Changes in your income and family status may result in and increased or decreased award.
No. Need-based tuition assistance applications do not affect admission decisions; admissions and financial need are kept strictly confidential and are considered separately by the school’s admissions and business offices.
Please link to our free download. This is an estimate and is non-binding. When reviewing our index please keep in mind the number of awards per bracket may be limited.
As the needs of our families have changed over time, so has our model in helping families and students from diverse financial backgrounds. Our tuition index tool provides a flexible tuition model designed to remove barriers for families seeking a Jesuit education at our school. Families who previously did not qualify for tuition assistance may now find an education at De Smet Jesuit High School more accessible. Our tuition index is part of our Jesuit mission and allows us, in partnership with our families, to build a school community that reflects the socioeconomic diversity of the greater St. Louis Area.
All students qualifying and awarded need-based assistance will be required to participated in our Work Grant program. We contact each recipient the spring prior to the upcoming school year to schedule their required duties (such as emptying recycling bins or sweeping floors). In addition to assigned work duties, each recipient must maintain good academic and discipline standing.
Yes. In order to obtain a complete financial profile, regardless of marital status, or their financial obligation, De Smet Jesuit requires both of the student’s natural parents/guardians to complete a FACTS application. If you would like to discuss your unique circumstances, please contact Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-785-1225 so we can discuss the potential of moving forward with your request for need-based assistance.
BA, Spanish, University of Missouri - St. Louis