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Tuition and Financial Aid

 

Enormous Value for Your Investment

At St. James’, your tuition goes farther than at other schools; we cover with tuition what other schools might charge additional fees for:

  • Before and after-school care;
  • Beyond School! after school classes
  • Field trips to local museums, aquariums, or theatrical performances;
  • Out-of-town, multi-night trips for 4th – 6th grade students.
  • Co-curricular classes in Spanish, Music, Art, Science, Library, P.E./Health, and Religion.

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees 

Total tuition includes a $1,600 non-refundable annual Enrollment Fee that is due at registration.  

Total Tuition- Preschool: $20,800

Total Tuition- Kindergarten Readiness Program: $22,310

Total Tuition- Kindergarten-4th Grade: $28,940

Total Tuition- 5th-6th Grades: $26,850

New Student Fee: $1,950


Affording St. James'

As part of its mission as an Episcopal school, St. James' is committed to serving children in our community, regardless of a family’s ability to cover the full cost of tuition. We offer a high-quality educational experience for your child in a kind community where families are partners with our school.

Unlike federal college loans that need to be repaid, financial aid at St. James’ is granted to families to help lower their annual tuition costs. The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining relatively low tuition through careful fiscal management and has established a specific endowment to provide additional income for future tuition assistance grants.

Families may qualify for financial aid grants ranging from 10% up to 90% of annual tuition. Extenuating circumstances like short-term unemployment or caring for a sick grandparent may mean your family needs additional help to meet St. James’ tuition obligations. Your investment in the cost of a St. James’ education is a significant investment in your child’s future. Providing you with the maximum value for your tuition investment is our goal while keeping costs as affordable as possible for the members of our community.


Financial Aid Application

To assist in determining need and to protect the privacy of applicant families, St. James’ uses Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST), an autonomous firm serving many independent schools. The confidential FAST report helps a school assess a family’s ability to contribute toward the cost of tuition.

The Financial Aid Committee carefully evaluates this report for each family applying for aid and distributes available financial aid funds according to demonstrated need. 

All financial aid awards are reviewed and recalculated each year, so re-enrolling families are asked to re-submit updated financial information and tax returns. Priority goes first to students currently receiving financial aid, then to returning students applying for financial aid for the first time, and finally to newly admitted students.


Financial Aid Application Steps

  1. Complete an online FAST application by Monday, November 30, 2020 for families applying for preschool and current elementary families, and Friday, December 4, 2020 for families applying for elementary school. (There is a $45 non-refundable fee when submitting your FAST application).  Please note, in order for an application to be considered complete and on time, you must upload the requested documentation to FAST by the deadline (see step 2 below).   

  2. Make a copy of your signed 2019 Federal Tax Form 1040, including all W-2 and/or 1099 forms and schedules for both parents. Submit these forms directly to FAST; they will provide instructions after you complete the online application.

Please Note

  •  It is imperative to complete your 2019 taxes so that you can meet the financial aid application deadline.
  •  Priority will be given to applications received by the deadlines. Late applications will be considered only if financial aid funds are still available.
  •  Divorced or separated parents must each submit a financial aid application.
  •  The Financial Aid Committee is unable to review applications until they are complete.
  •  Financial aid awards are re-calculated each year for re-enrolling students and reflect any changes in a family’s financial situation.