Financial

Policy and Procedures – Grades K-8

  1. Payments are to be made to School Tuition Program.  The payments will be made for ten consecutive months, beginning July 1 and ending April 1.
  2. There is an annual fee of $30.00 per family, to be included in the total tuition and divided over the yearly payments.
  3. All payments are due on or before the 1st day of each month.
  4. Each tuition payment must include a payment coupon, the amount of your payment and the date of your payment.
  5. There is a fee of $30.00 for any payment received ON OR AFTER THE 15th DAY OF THE MONTH.  Please include this late fee when your tuition will not get to us in time.
  6. If there is going to be a late payment, or if there is a serious economic hardship, please contact the principal at the school and arrange an appointment to discuss and resolve the matter fairly.
  7. Any tuition payment in arrears for 2 months will receive a MANDATORY meeting with the Tuition Review Board.  There will be no exceptions to this procedure.
  8. There is a $30.00 service charge on all returned checks.  If a check is returned more than once, only certified check, money order, or cash will be accepted for all further payments.
  9. All tuition for the year is to be paid in full by April 1.
  10. If you have any questions or concerns about your account please write to us at the following address: School Tuition Program, P.O. Box 140170, Howard Beach, NY 11414 or call 718-835-4155 x115.

Policy and Procedures – Pre-K3 and Pre-K4

  1. Payments are to be paid to St. Helen Catholic Academy.  The payments will be made for ten consecutive months, beginning July 1 and ending April 1.
  2. There is an annual fee of $30.00 per family, to be included in the total tuition and divided over the yearly payments.
  3. All payments are due on or before the 1st day of each month.
  4. Each tuition payment must include a payment coupon, the amount of your payment and the date of your payment.
  5. There is a fee of $30.00 for any payment received ON OR AFTER THE 15th DAY OF THE MONTH.  Please include this late fee when your tuition will not get to us in time.
  6. If there is going to be a late payment, or if there is a serious economic hardship, please contact the principal at the school and arrange an appointment to discuss and resolve the matter fairly.
  7. Any tuition payment in arrears for 2 months will receive a MANDATORY meeting with the Tuition Review Board.  There will be no exceptions to this procedure.
  8. There is a $30.00 service charge on all returned checks.  If a check is returned more than once, only certified check, money order, or cash will be accepted for all further payments.
  9. All tuition for the year is to be paid in full by April 1.
  10. Please mark your check with PK-3 or PK-4 and indicate if your child is in the Full-day or Half-day session.

Tuition Review Board

The Tuition Review Board consists of members appointed by the Academy Board.  The Tuition Review Board reports directly to the Academy Board.  The purpose of the tuition review board is to assist in all matters relating to the collection of school tuition payments, and will recommend changes and improvements regarding the tuition.  The Tuition Review Board also helps to maintain a uniform procedure for dealing with all delinquent accounts.  The Tuition Review Board also meets with parents, by appointment, to discuss all non-payment issues.

School Fees

At the time of student registration/re-registration, you are required to pay fees per child for each school year.  These fees help to cover the cost of religion books, workbooks, and materials not received under the NYS Textbook Law.  They also cover student insurance, computer instruction, standardized tests, Diocesan Educational Television, diocesan assessment per student, and classroom and teacher supplies. All registration/re-registration fees are non-refundable.

Fundraising

All St. Helen Catholic Academy families are encouraged to participate in all of our fundraising endeavors. In order to avoid significant increases in tuition, we need to meet our fundraising goals.  Your understanding, participation, and cooperation in contributing to our fundraisers is expected and of the utmost importance.  Participation in the following Fundraisers is MANDATORY: Walkathon (Grades PK-3 – 8), Candy Sale (2 boxes per family Grades PK-3 – 8), and Field Day (Grades K-8).

Tuition Assistance for 2017-18

TADS Financial Aid Assessment Service has been selected by Futures in Education to conduct fair and confidential financial need assessments for families that may need assistance paying tuition.

To apply, go to futuresineducation.org and click on Apply for Scholarships.  Please note there is a non-refundable $30 application processing fee payable by credit card, check or money order.  There is a $10 insufficient funds fee for bounced checks.  *If you are reapplying, please use your TADS login from the previous year.

For help, please call 800-477-8237, join a live chat at mytads.com, or email support@tads.com.  Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.