Frequently Asked Tuition Assistance Questions
Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $14,880.
- Textbooks - Bellarmine students buy their own textbooks. A student who buys all new books for one school year can expect to pay approximately $500-$600. (For most students, however, the overall textbook expenditure is considerably reduced by buying and selling of used books).
- iPad – between $630 and $850 if purchased through the school. This cost includes AppleCare insurance.
- iPad apps - +/- $30
- Technology Fee - $50
- Campus Ministry Retreats - $45-$140
- Music Classes (Choir & Band) – costs vary depending upon involvement
- Yearbook - $60. This will be billed to your tuition account in January.
- Activity Card - $50. This will be billed to your tuition account in January.
- Lunch (drink and entrée) - +/- $6.00 per day
What are the payment options?
The Board of Directors’ policy is to have tuition pre-paid. The first 10% of tuition is due by April 30th, (at the time of registration for incoming students), and is non-refundable. Tuition is billed as follows:
- 10% billed on March 31st – due by April 30th (for new students, this is due at registration)
- 30% billed on May 1st – due by August 1st
- 30% billed on August 1st – due by November 1st
- 30% billed on November 30th – due by February 28th
Any family may request to pay their tuition on a monthly basis. Please contact Mary Graves, Student Accounts Manager, for more information.
Bellarmine accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for tuition payments. All payments by credit card will be assessed a 2.61% surcharge.
How much assistance is available?
Bellarmine is committed to enrolling students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. As part of this commitment, the school has established a strong tuition assistance program for families. The school has allocated $2,100,000 of tuition assistance for the 2017-2018 school year, about 40% of our students receive tuition assistance, and the average grant is $6,000.
What other grants are available?
The Fulcrum Foundation also offers a $1,350 (2017-18) grant to our families of greatest need. Each year, Fulcrum gives hope to many families throughout Western Washington who understand the value of a Catholic education. Through the tuition assistance program, Fulcrum provided grants of $1,250 to nearly 1,000 students in the Seattle Archdiocese for the 2016-17 school year.
Please Note: Fulcrum is partnering with FACTS to manage the collection and processing of Hossfeld Tuition Assistance (TAP) applications. Award decisions will be made by Fulcrum and will still be based on financial need.
Each family will pay a $24 fee to FACTS to apply for Fulcrum tuition assistance. The $24 fee covers all Fulcrum applications for 1 year, and will be fully reimbursed so long as their student(s), regardless of whether they are awarded a Fulcrum grant or not, enrolls in a Catholic school for the 2017-2018 school year.
Should our family apply for tuition assistance?Each family’s set of financial circumstances is unique. The most helpful guideline comes from your own knowledge of your family’s finances. A good rule of thumb is: if in doubt, apply. So many factors are considered that there is no workable ‘filter’ for determining in advance who might receive tuition assistance.
Few families find it “easy” to pay private school tuition. Most adjust their spending priorities, maximize both parents’ earnings, and carefully manage assets. Some will need tuition assistance no matter how carefully they fine-tune family finances. We would like to provide guidelines to help you decide whether to apply for assistance, but we have found that each family’s combination of circumstances is unique. Can you find a way to pay roughly $1,400 each month for your student’s education? If not, you may be a candidate for tuition assistance.
The chart below is intended to provide guidance as you consider applying for tuition assistance.
How do we apply for assistance?
All 2018-2019 tuition assistance applications must be done online. FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the financial need analysis for Bellarmine Preparatory School for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Families applying for tuition assistance will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by February 2, 2018. Although you will be able to apply for assistance after this date, please remember the need for assistance in our community is great, and although we do have a strong tuition assistance budget ($2.1 million), we are not able to guarantee aid if you submit your form after the deadline.
Are there athletic scholarships at Bellarmine?
We do not offer athletic scholarships.
What other grants are available?
The Fulcrum Foundation also offers a $1,350 (2017-18) grant to the neediest families. Each year, Fulcrum gives hope to many families throughout Western Washington who understand the value of a Catholic education.
What costs are covered by tuition assistance?
Only the cost of tuition is covered. Separate scholarships are available for specific activities such as Campus Ministry retreats.
Who decides my ability to pay?
Parents submit a tuition assistance application to FACTS. FACTS is an organization serving the tuitio assistant departments of many private schools, including Bellarmine. FACTS applies a standardized method of evaluation which considers income, assets, extraordinary expenses, and some forms of indebtedness. These are factored in with family size, the number of children attending tuition-based schools, and the years remaining to parent’s retirement, to determine the family’s discretionary income. FACTS sends the confidential evaluation back to the school. This report suggests the amount the family should be able to contribute to their child’s education. In general, the higher the discretionary income, the higher the family’s contribution towards tuition will be. The Bellarmine Tuition Assistance Committee reviews all applications, and makes a specific award of tuition assistance.
Will applying for tuition assistance affect my application for admission?
No, as long as the tuition assistance deadlines and the admissions deadlines are met.
I know another family at my school makes much more than I do, but they were granted a scholarship and I wasn’t. How can this be?
There are many factors beyond earnings that are considered by the need assessment formula. These include family size, number of children at private schools, age of parent, assets available to the family, lifestyle choices, etc.
What happens if the assistance is not enough for a family?
Parents should contact Mary Graves, Student Accounts Manager, requesting a review of their tuition assistance. At this point, you will be asked to submit a letter, or an email, explaining why you would like a review, along with a monthly budget for your family. Other documents may be requested at this time.
How do I begin the process?
How can I get information and advice if I need it?
If you need help assessing your circumstances as you decide whether or not to apply for assistance, or with any part of the tuition assistance process, please contact Mary Graves in the Student Accounts Office.