Tuition Assistance

Duchesne Academy awarded more than $1.3 million in tuition assistance last year, putting a Sacred Heart education within reach for girls in the Houston area.

Tuition assistance applications are available online using Smart Aid.

View instructions on how to use Smart Aid.

Dates to Remember

November 1, 2018 - Tuition assistance applications are available online

February 15, 2019 - Online submission deadline for all Smart Aid applications

March 8, 2019 - Notification of tuition assistance awards made via email

March 20, 2019 - All tax information must be sent to Smart Aid

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

May 1, 2019 - Contract binding 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.

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Tuition Assistance

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.

View more information about the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance program here.

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