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.
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.
- Who can apply for tuition assistance?
- How is tuition assistance awarded?
- How does my application for tuition assistance affect the admissions process?
- Do I have to apply for tuition assistance before I know my child has been admitted?
- What if both parents are divorced, separated, or never been married?
- Is tuition assistance automatically renewed each year?
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.
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.
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:
- Competitive report cards in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades
- Competitive ISEE scores or a student portfolio
- Enthusiastic recommendations from math and English teachers that are endorsed by the school principal
- A strong desire to attend Duchesne Academy