Affording St. Patrick's

Independent school education - particularly at a school with St. Patrick’s configuration and quality of program - is an investment in your child’s most formative years. As part of our mission to create a socioeconomically diverse learning community, St. Patrick's is committed to providing the opportunity for students from various economic circumstances to attend the Day School, offering a wide range of grants each year to families of varying financial circumstances. The Day School assists families with moderate to significant need.

St. Patrick’s provides only need-based financial aid to qualified students. There are no merit awards. To achieve our goal of a socioeconomically diverse learning community, the Board of Trustees designates funds for the Financial Aid Program each year. In 2019-2020, the school is providing approximately $2.6 million in grants to one out of four St. Patrick's students.

2019 - 2020 Tuition Schedule

Tuition is set to cover all normal, regular expenses of operating the School. Additional fees include lunch, other activities, and some incidental expenses. 

Nursery School

Nursery (age 3) half-day dismissal is at 11:50 am, and full-day dismissal is at 2:50 pm Monday through Thursday. PK (age 4) dismissal is at 2:50 pm Monday through Thursday.

All Nursery School students (Nursery and PK) are dismissed at 11:50 am on Fridays. Extended Day is available every day and closes at 6:00 pm.

Nursery (Age 3) Tuition
Nursery - 5 mornings $19,560
Nursery - 5 mornings and 2 afternoons $25,060
Nursery - 5 mornings and 4 afternoons $30,560
PK (Age 4) Tuition
Full Day $30,560

 

Lower School

Grades Tuition
Kindergarten - Grade 3 $35,735

Upper School

Grades Tuition
Grades 4 - 8 $37,505

PAC - Pals After Class (Formerly Extended Day)

Program (2019 - 2020) Total Fee
5 Days 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nursery - Grade 5 $3,605
Grades 6 - 8 $2,420
4 Days 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nursery - Grade 5 $2,884
Grades 6 - 8 $1,936
3 Days 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nursery - Grade 5 $2,163
Grades 6 - 8 $1,452
2 Day 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nursery - Grade 5 $1,442
Grades 6 - 8 $968
1 Day 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Nursery - Grade 5 $721
Grades 6 - 8 $484
Nursery and PK students
Fridays 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM $721

Lunch and Activity Fees

Activity Fees  
Nursery $184
Kindergarten - Grade 3 $412
Grades 4 - 8 $1,303

 

Lunch Fees  
Kindergarten - Grade 8 $1, 171

Nursery School students staying for the afternoon bring lunch from home.

Applying for Financial Aid

St. Patrick's strives to provide financial aid grants to all qualified applicants for admission with demonstrated need. In some cases, however, a qualified applicant may be offered admission along with a space in our financial aid wait-pool. Grants are awarded to students in the financial aid wait-pool if funds become available during the spring.

Financial Aid Process

Step 1: APPLICATION

To ensure objectivity, St. Patrick's uses Tuition Aid Data Service (TADS) to evaluate applications. Based on a family's financial information, TADS provides us with an estimated amount that your family can contribute towards educational expenses, which helps us make objective and fair financial aid decisions.

SUBMIT APPLICATION:

Applicant and currently enrolled families must submit the online financial aid application to TADS by January 24, 2020.

Please download the application worksheet so that you may gather all necessary information prior to applying online.

Click here for worksheet:
Click here to apply at tads.com

Click here to begin your application:

Click here to apply at tads.com


You only need to complete one application, even if you have several children applying to a school. You will create a user name and password so that you can save information and return to it at a later date before submitting it. From there, select DC, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. You can associate your application to other schools at the end of the online application. If you have questions about the TADS submission process, you may call TADS directly at 800-477-8237 FREE for more information.

Step 2: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

MAIL, FAX, OR UPLOAD SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO TADS.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (which should be submitted directly to TADS) are:

  • A copy of both parents' or guardians' 2019 1040 federal tax return with all schedules and W2’s.
  • If either parent or guardian is self-employed, a copy of the 2019 corporate tax return.
  • Supplemental Information Form, which will be provided by TADS upon completion of the on-line application.

Currently enrolled families must submit the supporting documents directly to TADS by February 14, 2020.

Applicant families must submit the supporting documents directly to TADS by January 4, 2020.

BY MAIL:

TADS
1201 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite 100
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

BY FAX: 612-548-3326

UPLOAD: www.tads.com/upload

Please do not send either the application or supporting documents to St. Patrick's.

Questions regarding the financial aid process may be directed to:

Lindsay Spector
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
202-342-2831

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for financial aid?

Anyone who applies to St. Patrick’s may apply for financial aid. Financial aid awards are allocated on the basis of need as determined by the Financial Aid Committee based on recommendations from TADS. Although we try to accommodate as many families as possible, we are not always able to meet all requests for financial aid.

Will my application for financial aid affect my child’s chances for admission?

The Admission Committee is not aware of who has applied for financial aid. Admission decisions are independent of financial aid decisions.

What factors does the Financial Aid Committee consider when making financial aid decisions?

TADS uses a formula to calculate how much a family can contribute to their child's independent school education. It takes into consideration a family's income, assets, and liabilities, as well as factors including, but not limited to, family size, living expenses, and the number of children in tuition-charging schools. As the Financial Aid Committee looks at financial aid applications, it differentiates between necessary expenses and money spent for lifestyle choices. With respect to the latter, beyond a certain point, we are unable to provide aid to offset “lifestyle” expenditures that could have been directed to education.

How does St. Patrick’s process financial aid applications if parents are single, separated, or divorced? If a parent is divorced and remarried, is the new spouse required to contribute to the student’s education?

In general, if an applicant’s parents are living separately, both custodial and non-custodial parents must complete the financial aid application and submit required documentation through TADS unless there is a legal agreement stating explicitly that a particular parent bears no financial responsibility for education. Most often, the Financial Aid Committee expects that both parents will contribute to the education of their child. If the non-custodial parent’s whereabouts are unknown, a letter (from a third party, such as a teacher or minister) will be required to verify that this parent has no contact with the applicant. Because the Financial Aid Committee considers the entire family’s ability to pay tuition as part of its review process, new spouses must also submit financial information. St. Patrick’s recognizes that each family’s situation is unique and always welcomes a conversation and/or additional documentation to clarify a family's financial picture.

Must both parents be employed to receive financial aid from St. Patrick’s?

If all dependent children in a family are attending school, our expectation for a family receiving financial aid is that both parents are employed outside the home. The Financial Aid Committee will consider exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances. 

I have multiple children at tuition-charging schools. How does this factor into my financial aid application?

Families applying for financial aid who have children at other institutions that offer financial aid (including, but not limited to, other primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and universities) are expected to apply for financial aid at those other institutions as well.

Is financial aid available for other programs and services beyond tuition?

Yes. Families who receive financial aid for tuition are eligible for financial assistance for our Extended Day program, tutoring, and other miscellaneous fees across the school year.

Is there financial aid available for late applicants (those who submit an admission application after January 15)?

Late applicants should speak to admission staff directly before applying to the school or for financial aid, as most of St. Patrick’s financial aid budget will have been distributed to applicants who applied by the deadline. However, it is not impossible for aid to become available at a later date—please contact us by email.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?

Families must reapply for financial aid every year. 

When will I be notified about my child’s financial aid award?

New applicants will be notified of their award when they receive their admission decision in early March. Returning families will also receive their financial aid award in early March. Generally, financial aid awards remain fairly constant year-over-year. If a family’s financial circumstances have changed significantly, a financial aid award may be modified to reflect the change.

Timeline

October 1, 2019
TADS begins accepting online applications

Financial aid applications DUE:

January 24, 2020
Applicant Families & Currently Enrolled Families

Financial Aid Supporting materials DUE:

January 24, 2020
Applicant Families & Currently Enrolled Families New to Financial Aid

 

 

February 4, 2020
Currently Enrolled Families

Financial AID Decision letters SENT:

March 6, 2020
Applicant Families

Early March 2020
Currently Enrolled Families

We feel blessed to be part of this community of caring parents and teachers all of whom have both feet on the ground and see the potential in each child. Our daughter has been blossoming since she started at St. Pat's and is looking forward to school every day. She has become a stronger learner, a better friend, and she found her artistic voice as well. Among the five schools she has gone to at her young age, this one is by far the best fit.

Current St. Patrick's Parent