Seattle Preparatory School is an independent Catholic Jesuit secondary school governed by a Board of Trustees comprised mostly of lay persons. It depends on tuition, fundraising, and its own resource management for its financial operation and viability. It receives no regular funding from the state or Church.
While every effort is made to keep tuition costs at a reasonable level, tuition is subject to increase each year. The tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $16,300. In addition, a $500 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of spring registration. Tuition may be paid in one payment or in ten installments.
Students purchase their own books and supplies for approximately $200 – $500 each year.
Seattle Prep is committed to providing quality Catholic education that is affordable to families. To that end, we awarded $1,250,000 in tuition assistance for the 2012-13 school year and anticipate increasing that budget for the 2013-14 school year by about 10%. We encourage low and middle income families to apply for assistance. For all application instructions and deadlines, click on the link at the bottom of this page.
Factors considered in the tuition application process include income, assets, non-mortgage debt and number of children in tuition charging schools. In addition to need based factors, we also consider merit based factors such as academic record, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in service, leadership or the arts and the family’s commitment to Catholic education.
Below are five examples of current Prep students and their awards. As there are many qualitative and quantitative factors at play in each scenario, awards may vary, even given similar financial profiles, depending on the relative merits of the students and funds available.
Seattle Preparatory School’s policy for determining tuition assistance is based upon the belief that all those ethically and/or legally responsible for a child’s upbringing must participate in the process. This principle applies to all parents, including those who are separated or divorced. Because of this, Seattle Prep requires parents to submit a tuition assistance application and the corresponding backup before their child’s file can be considered for assistance. In the case of separation or divorce, each parent should submit their backup documentation and application separately. Once all files are complete, they will be evaluated to determine an “ability to pay” per family. It is the parents’ responsibility to determine the amount each parent will contribute to tuition. Non-working parents may have minimum wage imputed if all children in the home are school aged.
New applicants are notified as to the amount of assistance received at the time of acceptance to Seattle Prep. Currently, 21% of all students at Prep receive tuition assistance.
Assistance is distributed in the form of direct tuition assistance grants and/or work grants. Work grants enable students help defray the cost of their tuition by satisfactorily completing a job assignment after school at Seattle Prep, usually from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on school days. Work grants are usually 100-hour, $1,000 grants and reimbursement checks are sent directly to parents on a quarterly basis.
Each year Seattle Prep awards a small number of St. Ignatius and Honors-at-Entrance Scholarships to incoming freshmen who have demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, spirituality, and/or service in middle school. Students are notified of the award in their acceptance letter.
Applying for Tuition Assistance
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