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Explanation of tuition. Fees charged in the form of tuition cover only part of the cost of educating your child at St. Michael School. It does not support the entire budget necessary to maintain operations for a school year. The actual cost per student for the 2014-2015 SMS school year was over $7,500.00 per student. The parish provides a substantial subsidy to SMS. All students benefit from this subsidy regardless of any other financial assistance a family may receive. Additional sources of funding come from the SMS Endowment Fund, Car Raffle, the Annual Legacy Fund, the Erie Diocese, St. Michael Church’s 40 Club, the EITC (Pennsylvania Tax) program, and private donations and scholarships. However, all tuition payments, regardless of the amount, directly assist SMS in its day-to-day operations. Therefore, it is extremely important that the projected income from tuition is timely submitted in order to meet budget requirements.
The Administration is entrusted with the task of developing an annual budget and, as a part of that task, setting tuition rates and policies. They take all expected funding into account in the course of setting tuition rates, and put forth much effort in making tuition as affordable as possible.
The tuition rates for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:
PreK-8 grade: 1 child $3000.00
2 children $5,000.00
3 children or more $7,000.00
Tuition payments will be accepted by SMS in one of two ways:
  1. Paid in full by August 1, 2016; or
  2. Paid monthly via automatic checking transfer system through the FACTS program in the following options:
    1. half tuition by August 1, 2016, then half tuition by January 31, 2017
    2. a 10-month plan; or,
    3. a 12-month plan
All families are required to sign the SMS tuition agreement indicating the method of payment chosen.
New for the 2016-17 School Year is a Middle School Technology fee for 6-8, per student, in the amount of $150.00....this fee can be rolled into your FACTS payment account. and the $100.00 registration fee is NOT included in your Tuition Agreement, it is to be paid upon registering your child at the school. 
Financial hardship
The Administration of SMS understands that sometimes unforeseen events, such as job loss, take place that may affect a families’ ability to make timely tuition payments. If this happens, it is your responsibility to contact the school’s business office to make the necessary arrangements to adjust your tuition payment schedule. SMS will make every effort to secure additional assistance in the case of an unforeseen event. There is no guarantee that funding will be available. Any and all adjustments to a tuition contract shall be in writing and signed by the parent(s) and a member of the school finance committee.
Regardless of the reason of the nonpayment of tuition, the following procedure will take place for families enrolled and with the desire to remain at SMS:
  1. Parents will be notified via a letter and phone call from the school business office that the tuition payment was not received
  2. Parents will be given 30 calendar days to either a) bring the tuition current or b) to meet with representatives of the school business office and sign a tuition repayment agreement
  3. Enrollment of the student(s) will be terminated after the 30th calendar day if neither of these options is complete.
Past due balances
If your family has outstanding tuition due, registration of your child will not be accepted until the past due tuition is either paid in full or a tuition repayment agreement is signed and is being paid as agreed. No family will receive scholarship money or financial assistance without these items being in place.
Past due balances of families no longer enrolled in SMS will be sent a letter from the school business office for a final opportunity to pay the past due balance. If the past due balance is not paid, or agreed to be paid through a tuition repayment agreement, the unpaid balance will be turned over to a collection agency for formal collection procedures.

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