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March 2017 Update:
The first quarter tuition payment is due on 4/1/17.
Families that are currently enrolled in Smart’s system using the 4 payment option and do not make the quarterly payment on time will be assessed a $20 late payment fee in addition to changing the quarterly payments back to the “undiscounted”
amounts. Accordingly, please make payments on time.
Families that plan to use the one payment option where tuition is paid in full before 8/1/17 (and therefore qualify for a 5% discount) should make sure they are set up in Smart’s system for the one payment option. Otherwise, if a family is in the system to make quarterly payments, and does not pay by 4/1/17, the family will be subject to the $20 late fee.
As announced previously, this year we are offering a 10 month payment plan for those families that prefer the convenience of smaller payments. Again, in order to qualify each family must give Smart Tuition the authorization to make automatic monthly ACH debits beginning on 4/1/17. Please call them at 888.868.8828.
Credit cards and debit cards are subject to bank fees of 2.85%. If you give them your account and routing numbers over the phone (which are on the bottom of your checks anyway) there is no bank fee at all.
Note that each year your family ID number will change to indicate the school year to which your payments are to be posted. Please make sure to use the new family ID number for future payments and update you bill pay account number at your bank if you are using bill pay. Example: 1339716009999 will change to 1339717009999 in 2017 and to 18 next year etc. . .So please make sure to reference the new family ID number.
If you want to make a change to your payment plan option, you must re-enroll and select the option you now want. The instructions are attached and Smart Tuition can help you if needed (888.868.8828).
Joseph M. Dougherty, Parish Business Manager
ST. DOROTHY SCHOOL TUITION REFUND POLICY
When St. Dorothy students leave our school before the first day of the following months, the below listed Refund percentage shall apply:
BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF:
September – 100%
October – 85%
November – 75%
December – 65%
January – 55%
February – 40%
March – 30%
April – 20%
May – 0%
June – 0%
Note: Kindergarten deposits are non-refundable and therefore are NOT to be included in the Refund calculation.
St. Dorothy School continues to offer the lowest Catholic school parishioner tuition rates in the area. The Finance Committee recommends on-going, small, consistent tuition increases rather than intermittent, large, and inconsistent increases.
Many thanks to the Development Committee and the Home & School Association (and their many volunteers) for helping to minimize Parish tuition increases over the past 10 years and for helping to make St. Dots such a high value option. The Development Committee and the Home & School Association also enhance the school experience for our children by supporting the art, language, and kindergarten programs, by making investments in technology and other equipment, and by marketing the many benefits of our School. In response to a recommended school improvement, we also added an advanced Math program (and classroom) this year.
As a separate issue and reminder, Parishioners pay a reduced tuition compared to non-Parishioners because of the underlying assumption that Parishioners make contributions to the Parish through their Sunday offering. For your general information and to continue transparency, as an exampls, the approved School Budget for the 2016-2017 school year reflects Income of $1,255,436 and Expenses of $1,589,045 yielding an anticipated net loss of $333,609. This projected loss represents the budgeted amount to be subsidized (21% of total school expenses), primarily by Parish Sunday Offerings.
Please remember that Scrip purchases and the “Dot’s Dollars” programs can help reduce your tuition obligation by purchasing gift cards from a variety of grocery and retail stores at face value with a rebate applied to your tuition. This is a great way to purchase the food and other items that you will purchase anyway. See the Home & School section of the school website or contact the school office for additional details. Food gift cards (Scrip) are also sold at the Rectory.