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 2015-2016 school year is $17,300. In addition, a $600 non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of spring registration. Tuition may be paid in one payment or in ten installments.
Students must purchase a one to one device (the device for the Class of 2020 is yet to be determined) at the start of their freshman year and their own books and/or ebooks each year. (There is a device loaner program and financial support for book purchases and lunch for families who qualify for certain levels of tuition assistance.) There is also an annual activity fee of $250.
Tuition Scholarships *
Seattle Prep is committed to providing quality Catholic education that is affordable to families. To that end, we awarded $1,674,000 in tuition scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. 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.
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 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 scholarship 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, 26% of all students at Prep receive tuition scholarships.
Seattle PrepTuition and Work Grants
Families are invited to apply via the link at the bottom of the page for tuition assistance. Assistance is distributed in the form of direct tuition grants and/or work grants. Work grants enable students to 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. Students are paid $15-$20 per hour depending on the task. Work grants are usually $1,000 grants and reimbursement checks are sent directly to parents on a quarterly basis. For work grant guidelines for the 2015-16 school year, click here.
Seattle Prep Merit Awards
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. There is no separate application for these awards and students are notified of the award in their acceptance letter.
*Seattle Prep does not award athletic scholarships
Fulcrum Foundation Tuition Grants
Families are also invited to apply for a tuition assistance grant through the Fulcrum Foundation. For more information and to apply for a Fulcrum grant, click HERE. Families should consider applying to Fulcrum if any of the following are true:
- The family has been awarded Fulcrum tuition assistance grants in the past and their financial situation is relatively unchanged.
- The family qualifies for or receives free or reduced lunch.
- The family qualifies for or receives benefits through federal or state assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or Medicaid.
Families should not apply for a Fulcrum grant if the following are true:
- The family has applied for Fulcrum tuition assistance grants in the past, has never been awarded a grant and their financial situation is relatively unchanged.
- The family size is 4 or fewer with a current total household income greater than $60,000 and they have no extraordinary financial circumstances (major medical expenses, loss or change of employment status, etc.)
Applying for Seattle Prep Tuition Scholarships
Click here for complete step by step instructions.