Tuition and Financial Aid

Education is your best investment.


Financing a private school education is a major investment in a girl’s future. We are committed to making St. Joseph’s Academy accessible and affordable for the families of every student we admit, regardless of financial circumstances.

At SJA, we value a school community that includes students from a variety of economic backgrounds. Each year, our Administration and Board of Directors work to keep tuition increases to a minimum. We also offer tuition payment options and award nearly $700,000 in financial aid each year to approximately 150 of our families.

We will offer an informational Learning Lunch: Finances and Food program on Friday, October 4, and again on Friday, November 8, 2019, in the Mother Alice Hall Community Room, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents are invited to come learn more about tuition and financial aid opportunities from President Jan Breen and members of our Finance Team. We ask that you RSVP to Director of Admissions Meredith Smith at smithm@sjabr.org as a box lunch will be provided.

More information about the cost of an Academy education and applying for financial aid or for merit-based scholarships is included below.

 

Tuitions & Fees

Tuition, fees and registration costs are set each year by the Board of Directors, communicated at the time of registration, and available through the SJA Finance Department. These fees can be paid either in advance or through automatic monthly ACH Debit to your checking account.
 
For the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition is $11,455. Seniors pay an additional $440 senior fee for a total of $11,895. 

Financial Aid

In keeping with the vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph, no student has ever been denied admission solely on the basis of her family’s ability to pay full tuition. The philosophy of SJA’s tuition assistance program is that an Academy education be available to all young ladies who wish to attend and have the academic ability and motivation to succeed.

Families applying for tuition assistance must do so annually, since family circumstances can change and the amount available for tuition assistance changes every year. The application is done through Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST). This secure, online service is to streamline the data-collection process and ensure that financial aid is granted to those families who are most in need. FAST will collect and compile the data and make recommendations based upon factors specific to the local economy; however, the SJA Tuition Assistance Committee will make all final decisions regarding financial aid.

Applying for tuition assistance is done online. For 2019-2020, the application period begins February 1, 2019, and will close March 25, 2019. There is a $45 FAST application fee. For questions about Financial Assistance, please contact Jane Pardi at (225) 388-2234 or pardij@sjabr.org.

Tuition Policy

St. Joseph’s Academy is committed to providing an environment of excellence for young women in the Baton Rouge community. In an effort to maintain the fiscal operations of St. Joseph’s Academy, the Board of Directors has provided the following guidelines for tuition income:

  • St. Joseph’s Academy has two (2) tuition payment options.
  • Pay in full in advance on or before May 9, 2019; or
    • Pay monthly through electronic transfer:
    • Amount will be divided into eleven (11) monthly installments.
    • For students in grades 9, 10 and 11, payments will be debited* from one designated bank account on the 5th of each month (or according to the Tuition Draft Schedule below) beginning June 5, 2019, and ending May 5, 2020.
    • For students in grades 9, 10 and 11, no tuition will be drafted in February as registration for the 2020-2021 academic year is paid online this month.
    • For students in grade 12, payments will be debited* beginning June 5, 2019, and ending April 6, 2020, including February. The senior fee has been absorbed into the monthly drafts and is no longer paid separately.

Tuition Draft Schedule for 2019-2020
Below are deadline dates for changes to be made to the automatic draft for payment of tuition. These deadlines are necessary to meet banking regulations and to ensure that the debit will draft on the 5th of the month or next banking day if the 5th falls on the weekend. All changes must be turned in prior to 12 p.m. on the deadline date. Please note some dates are earlier than others due to bank and/or staff holidays.

Deadline Date Draft Date
May 23, 2019 June 5, 2019
July 1, 2019 July 5, 2019
July 31, 2019 August 5, 2019
August 28, 2019 September 5, 2019
October 2, 2019 October 7, 2019
October 30, 2019 November 5, 2019
December 2, 2019 December 5, 2019
December 18, 2019 January 6, 2020
January 30, 2020 February 5, 2020
(Seniors only)
March 2, 2020 March 5, 2020
April 1, 2020 April 6, 2020 
April 29, 2020 May 5, 2020
(Underclasswomen)

At the beginning of the academic year, a student will not be considered as registered if the monthly tuition amounts for June and July are not paid in full by the day before the August orientation.

If a payment delinquency occurs, the parent must apply for tuition assistance.

If a student’s tuition account becomes 30 days past due:

  • The student is subject to suspension from classes, NetSJA privileges and tablet computer privileges. She must immediately return her tablet. SJA reserves the right to suspend the bank account from the ACH program and require that tuition be paid in full for the remainder of the academic year. If the 30-day-past-due situation occurs during semester exams, a student may not take exams until all financial obligations to the school have been fulfilled and/or remedied.
  • Delinquent payments made immediately prior to exams must be made in cash, by cashier’s check or money order in order for them to be deemed received by St. Joseph’s Academy and allowing the student to take her exams.
  • The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by the President of St. Joseph’s Academy of such actions.

Should a parent fail to make alternative arrangements:

  • In keeping with the vision of the Academy, the President welcomes parents throughout the school year to discuss in advance of delinquency conditions that may prevent them from fulfilling their obligation to pay tuition to St. Joseph’s Academy. Tuition assistance may be considered, and/or funding from outside sources could be suggested. The President’s office is committed to assisting in providing a plan that will work best for the family’s particular situation.
  • Students and/or siblings of students with an outstanding tuition balance, including students who are siblings of graduated students with an outstanding tuition balance, may not register for the following academic year.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) of returning students who, during any prior year, have a student tuition account that has, at any time, become 30 days past due may be subject to the following:
    • Permanent suspension from the ACH program;
    • May be asked to find other funding sources;
    • May be required to pay tuition in advance for the year; and/or
    • May be asked to apply for tuition assistance.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) are liable for any collection costs, court costs and legal fees incurred by the school to collect delinquent accounts.

Merit-Based Scholarship: Josephine Bahlinger Award

Named in honor of St. Joseph’s Academy first graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877, this $4,000 award toward freshman-year tuition is given to five incoming 9th grade students. To learn more about the award, visit the Josephine Bahlinger Award page. 

Contact Us

For questions regarding admissions at SJA or the application process, please contact our Director of Admissions:
 
Meredith Smith
Director of Admissions
smithm@sjabr.org
(225) 388-2243
 

Kristian Vukojevic
Assistant Admissions Director
vukojevick@sjabr.org
(225) 388-2276

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