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

March 13, 2020 - Notification of admission and 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, 2020 - Common reply deadline for 2020-2021. Signed contracts for newly admitted students are binding on this date.

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

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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Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship

The Ninfa Laurenzo Scholarship is open to students attending a Catholic high school. The award ranges from $5,000 - $10,000. Selection criteria is based on the applicant's academic merit and 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