Tuition Assistance

Duchesne Academy awarded more than $1.4 million in tuition assistance last year, putting a Sacred Heart education within reach for girls in the Houston area. To apply for tuition assistance, you must submit an applications online using Smart Aid

View instructions on how to apply for tuition assistance through Smart Aid.

Dates to Remember

November 1, 2019 - Tuition assistance applications are available online

January 31, 2020 - Online submission deadline for all Smart Aid applications

February 3, 2020 - Notification of tuition assistance awards made via email

March 20, 2020 - All tax information must be sent to Smart Aid

April 1, 2020 - Contract binding date for returning students

April 3, 20120 - Common reply date for 2019-2020 signed contract

May 1, 2020 - Contract binding date for newly admitted students

Application for tuition assistance does not influence the admission decision for a candidate. Tuition assistance applicants must meet the same requirements as all other candidates and must be accepted for admission to Duchesne Academy before tuition assistance awards can be granted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for tuition assistance?

Anyone who has submitted an application for admission to Duchesne Academy in grades PK3-12 may apply.

How is tuition assistance awarded?

Based on the information supplied by the family, Smart Aid provides the school with a report that gives the Tuition Assistance Committee a general assessment of a family’s ability to pay for educational costs. The report is used as a guideline for awarding grants.

How does my application for tuition assistance affect the admissions process?

Duchesne Academy does not use financial need as a consideration in determining a student’s eligibility for admission; therefore, your application for tuition assistance has no impact on the admission process.

Do I have to apply for tuition assistance before I know my child has been admitted?

Yes. You must apply for tuition assistance by January 31, which is before admissions decisions are sent out. However, if you wait to apply for tuition assistance until after the January 31 deadline, your chance of receiving financial assistance may be significantly reduced.

What if both parents are divorced, separated, or never been married?

In the case of divorced, separated, or never married parents, the non-custodial parent or joint custody parent must also complete an online application. The Tuition Assistance Committee will use information from both parties in its assessment of financial need. The School will not be bound by the assertion of one parent that he/she is not responsible for educational expenses, even in the case of divorce or remarriage.

Is tuition assistance automatically renewed each year?

No. Duchesne Academy requires families to reapply for Tuition Assistance each year.

Additional Tuition Assistance Programs

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston also offers a tuition assistance program. This is a yearly commitment by the Archdiocese to keep Catholic schools accessible and affordable to all families. The program uses the FACTS management application process for determining financial need.

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Janet Erskine Stuart Award


Each year, Duchesne grants Janet Erskine Stuart Awards for students entering the ninth grade. The award is named for a Religious of the Sacred Heart well-known for her vision and writings about the education of young women.

Janet Erskine Stuart Awards are made to outstanding eighth graders who attend Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The amount of the award will be $6,000, and the award is renewable, contingent upon the student upholding specific criteria. Award recipients will be notified in mid-March, when all admission decisions are mailed.

This award will be granted to students who can demonstrate the following:

  1. Competitive report cards in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades
  2. Competitive ISEE scores or a student portfolio
  3. Enthusiastic recommendations from math and English teachers that are endorsed by the school principal
  4. A strong desire to attend Duchesne Academy