Tuition/Fees and Financial Aid

2019-20 Tuition

By choosing to send your child to St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy, you are choosing to meet the tuition payments. All tuition and fees should be paid in the form of a check or money order, not cash. Please put your family account number on all tuition payments. There is a fee of $20 for any checks returned for insufficient funds.


Catholic Affiliation
Every Catholic family must be “affiliated” with their home parish to receive the Catholic-Affiliated tuition rate. In order to be considered “affiliated” with your home parish, a Catholic family must be registered with the parish, participate in the worship and life of their parish on a regular basis and financially support the parish. The affiliation will be verified with the local parishes to determine whether a family is eligible for Catholic-Affiliated tuition.

Nursery (Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
½ Days (M/W/F)
Catholic – Affiliated                            3850
Non-Catholics—Non-Affiliated       4750

Pre-Kindergarten (Monday – Friday)
5 Full Days
Catholic – Affiliated                            4950
Non-Catholics—Non-Affiliated       6650

Discounted Pre-Kindergarten (for families with a child or children in K-8)
5 Full Days
Catholic – Affiliated                            4000
Non-Catholics—Non-Affiliated       5300

1 child                                                   4750
2 children                                            8250
3 children                                            10950
4 children                                            13350
5+ children                                          15150

1 child                                                  5550
2 children                                            8950
3 children                                            11650
4 children                                            14050
5+ children                                          15850

Tuition payments are due on the 15th of the month beginning July 15th and ending April 15th. A $25 penalty will be charged for late payments.

Book and Materials Fee, Pre-K to 8th
The fee is $150 for all students in PK to grade 8- Due on November 1st 2019

Technology Fee, K to 8th
The fee is $50 for all students in K to grade 8- Due on November 1st 2019

Security Fee 
The fee is $50 for all families in Nursery to grade 8- Due on November 1st 2019

Lunch Fee, Pre-K to 8th
$100 per family – due at re-registration in January 2020

Graduation Fee, Grade 8

$225 per student- due on March 2nd 2020

Re-Registration Fee, all grades
$75 per student – due at re-registration in January 2020

Regents Fee- Grade 8 Regents Class

$50- due by April 3rd 2020

FACTS Management

Since the stability of our school and the quality of its programs are of the utmost importance, we are always seeking ways to make improvements to benefit everyone. After much research and investigation, we have partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program and financial aid assessment. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. We are excited to be working with them and are confident this program will offer greater efficiency and financial stability for the school while providing convenience to families.

One of our primary goals this year at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy is to concentrate our efforts on improving the business side of our school. By taking advantage of the security and convenience of payment processing and information technology offered by FACTS, we remain committed to this goal. Tuition payments for the 2018-2019 school year can be paid online, by phone, or by mail. You may also sign up for auto pay as well. Only in an emergency will payment be accepted in the school building and/or rectory.

For those families that have an Invoice Payment Plan, each month, 20 days before your payment due date, FACTS will send you an email or mail invoice letting you know that your invoice is ready.  If you want to mail in a payment, you will need to log into their FACTS account and click on the Actions button and choose the Mail In a Payment link.

You will be taken to the Mail In a Payment Screen that has the 3 step instructions.

  1. Click on the Print link next to each invoice for which you will be mailing in a payment.  Print out the invoice(s).
  2. Cut off the payment stub along the dashed line.
  3. Mail the payment stub(s) and your check to:

FACTS Management Company

P.O. Box 2597

Omaha, NE 68103-2597

Any questions please feel free to call FACTS at 1-866-441-4637


Financial Aid

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Elementary School Scholarship Program

The Columbus Citizens Foundation’s Elementary School Scholarship Program was established in 2003 at the directive of past Foundation President Lawrence Auriana and was implemented by former board member Richard J. Naclerio. The grants are available to students who will be entering grades K through 8. The grants, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please take a moment to learn about our requirements and the grant process.


  • Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • Students who show academic promise
  • Households where the total gross income does not exceed $20,000 per capita ($20,000 per person in the household) are eligible. For example, for a household of four, the maximum total gross income is $80,000 to be eligible.
  • Only students entering grades K through 8 are eligible to apply.
  • Students must  be citizens of the United States or residents of same status. 


  1. To be considered for a CCF elementary scholarship, an online application and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline that contains detailed and confidential personal information. It must be submitted online to FACTS, an independent financial review company that will determine eligibility based on financial documentation.
  2. The CCF Elementary Scholarship Committee reviews and evaluates the applications.
  3.  The Committee invites select applicants and their families to visit the Foundation for a mandatory interview (April/May).
  4. Approximately one month after all interviews have been held, the committee decides which applicants will be awarded scholarships. 
  5. Parents/Guardians/Applicants are notified by mail of the committee’s decision.

Recipients receive three-year grants, with the exception of when a recipient is entering 7th or 8th grade, in which the grant is then two years or one year in length, respectively. In the final year of a grant term, parents/guardians can re-apply to the Elementary School Scholarship Program to receive future scholarships. For example, if an incoming Kindergartener is awarded, parents/guardians would re-apply for a future scholarship when the recipient is in 2nd grade.

NOTE: CCF scholarships are partial scholarships and will not cover all tuition costs.

How To Apply

The scholarship application process is now OPEN for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please read all instructions before applying. The application deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020.


STEP 1:  Click here to download and print the 2020 CCF Elementary Scholarship Guidelines and Academic Performance Verification Form that must be completed by a school guidance counselor or principal. The Academic Performance Verification Form is on page 3.

STEP 2: Click here for the 2020 CCF Elementary Scholarship Application.

– Create an account if you do not already have one.

– When prompted to choose a school, you MUST choose Columbus Citizens Foundation Elementary Scholarship Program. DO NOT CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCHOOL. Later in the application, you will be asked to enter your school name and address.

STEP 3: Complete the online application and submit to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment by the February 7, 2020 deadline.

STEP 4: Submit all required support documents directly to FACTS (by fax or uploaded to your application) by the February 7, 2020 deadline.

DEADLINE: The deadline for applications and supporting documentation for the 2020-2021 academic year is Friday, February 7, 2020.

An application fee of $35 will be applied on submission.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



Diocesan Academy Tuition Policy

The success of our Academy relies on the commitment of our families to make Catholic education a financial priority. The Academy has full‐year contractual and financial obligations that must be met, such as teacher salaries, utility bills, building maintenance and improvements, and other expenses. Families that seek enrollment are required to satisfy the annual tuition by specified due dates.

These policies are not intended to deprive anyone of a Catholic education. It is our desire to maintain a fair approach to collection of tuition and to provide a sound financial policy for the overall welfare of our families. We encourage all responsible parties to maintain open communication with the business office to ensure a complete understanding of each family’s financial obligations. The goal of our academy is to provide a Catholic education to every student who desires one, but only by mutual cooperation can we make certain that this goal is met. Parental non‐payment or delinquency in meeting financial obligations creates an additional burden for the Academy.

  1. Tuition contracts specifying a payment schedule should be published and shared with families. All families must sign an enrollment contract that guarantees the family will be responsible for the full payment of tuition for the academic year.
  2. Academies should arrange for all tuition and fees to be collected through FACTS Tuition Management.
  3. Tuition payment schedule should follow the most appropriate schedule for the academy and parents: monthly, one payment, or three installments.
  4. Academies reserve the right to place severely delinquent accounts in the hands of a collection agency or its attorneys for collection. It is not our desire that any family should incur unnecessary legal fees or suffer further embarrassment or inconvenience in this regard. Again, we encourage prompt communication with the academy in an effort to avoid litigation.
  5. In order to withdraw a student, the parent must submit written notice to the principal in advance of the withdraw date. This enables the academy to prepare necessary information and settle accounts. No student records will be forwarded to another academy or school until all accounts have been settled.Following the terms of the enrollment contract, refunds will be made only in accordance with the stated guidelines and/or at the discretion of the administration. The refund must be requested prior to the start of the period for which payment would be made.
  6. Delinquency Management
    • By standard practice, FACTS will send payment reminders prior to any due date, returned payment notices in the case of a failed payment, and will make automated phone calls to delinquent payers. It is the responsibility of each academy to closely monitor delinquencies. Payers who fail to communicate with the academy and resolve the delinquency through a payment schedule approved by the academy will result in suspension of services for the student.
    • Students will not be permitted to attend class at the start of the trimester should any balance be past due.
    • No student will be permitted to begin an academic year unless all registration and other required fees are current. Registration and other required fees are paid through FACTS Tuition Management at enrollment. Enrollment for students whose families are not current in the registration or other required fees by June 30 may be cancelled at the discretion of the academy. In no event will students be permitted to attend class at the commencement of the academic year unless the delinquency is paid in full.
  • In order to participate in graduation activities, all debts for eighth grade students must be cleared by the first Monday of May. Eighth grade transcripts will not be released to the high schools if the financial obligations have not been met.
  • All fees must be paid in full before records or progress reports will be processed. It is the sole discretion of the academy to withhold trimester exams, report cards, transcripts, records, and diplomas until all financial obligations are satisfied in full.

7. A Tuition Assistance Committee must be in place at every school/academy