Tuition and Fees
There is no cost to apply for admission to Saint Juliana School. Upon acceptance, there is a one-time admission fee of $165 per student. Enrollment is not confirmed until the FACTS family profile has been activated and the admission fee paid. Please note that the admission fee is non-refundable in any circumstance.
Tuition rates are charged on annual basis and are all-inclusive; there are no recurring or annual fees for registration, instructional programs, supplies or technology. The first payment (equivalent to one-tenth of the applicable annual tuition rate) is due in June and is non-refundable for any reason. Tuition charges for mid-year enrollment, departure or session change will be prorated based on a per-diem of the annual rate. Sacrament fees apply in second (First Communion) and seventh (Confirmation) grades and students in eighth grade enjoy several extracurricular excursions and events which require participation fees.
Tuition billing and payments are handled exclusively and securely by FACTS Tuition Management. FACTS registration is free* and is required of all families even if tuition is paid in fuil in advance. Families may view charges and transact payments 24/7 on FACTS' mobile-friendly website, or by calling their customer service department at 866.441.4637. Agents are available 24/7 and multiple languages are supported.
*Families who confirm a FACTS tuition and enrollment agreement, withdraw entirely from St. Juliana School and then later re-enroll for the same school year will be assessed a $40 FACTS reinstatement fee.
Payment Options and Due Dates
FACTS provides multiple payment plans and due-date choices. Billing for a school year begins in June and ends the following May. You may opt for automatic recurring payments and never worry about a late charge, or choose to receive an email invoice reminder prior to your monthly due-date. Electronic payment methods include ACH withdrawals from checking/savings accounts, and credit/debit cards. Paper checks must be mailed directly to FACTS for the most efficient handling; the monthly invoice includes a remittance coupon. FACTS charges a convenience fee for the use of credit/debit cards; all other payment methods are free.
To ensure timely posting and avoid late charges we strongly encourage families to remit electronically to FACTS online or by calling customer service. Paper checks must be mailed directly to FACTS at the lockbox address printed on your invoice remittance coupon. Please allow ample mailing time as a $30 late charge is assessed for payments that FACTS receives five (5) days after the due-date.
Cash tuition payments must never be sent with students; an adult must visit the parish office to make a cash payment and obtain a proper receipt.
Saint Juliana Parish is committed to helping families obtain a quality Catholic education and is able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to registered, active parishioners with students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade at Saint Juliana School. We have contracted with FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment to evaluate applicant families' needs and designate award amounts from funds the parish sets aside for this purpose. Factors considered during the review include:
- FACTS Determination of Need
- Sunday Mass attendance
- Active participation in parish/school life and activities
For the 2019-2020 school year, financial assistance applications and supporting documents must be submitted online to FACTS. Only applications with complete and verified documentation will be reviewed by the committee.
There is a $25 application fee paid directly to FACTS, however, if you have already established a FACTS account for a high school or college evaluation, you will not have to pay an additional fee; add St. Juliana School (our FACTS institution ID is 118768) as an authorized viewer of your financial data and your application will automatically be submitted to our school. All family financial data is stored only with FACTS, on their secure, PCI-compliant system. FACTS requires documentation and instructions will be provided during the application process.
In 2017 the state of Illinois passed the Invest in Kids Act, to spur donations that will fund scholarships to K-12 non-public schools for families who qualify. Learn more about this program and how to apply here.
A balanced budget is necessary to effectively run our school and timely receipt of tuition payments is critical to meeting cash flow projections. Collection activity on past-due tuition will originate with FACTS Tuition Management, including emails, phone calls and mail notifications.
We understand that financial hardships may occur and in such cases a temporary modified payment plan may be requested. At our discretion, a family may be required to complete a FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment application in order for a modified payment plan to be considered and approved. Once the school receives a completed, verified FACTS assessment, a meeting with the family and school/parish administrators will be scheduled to review the tuition status, FACTS analysis, and any extenuating circumstances, with the goal of establishing a mutually-agreed modified payment plan designed to bring the tuition account current.
Tuition accounts/modified payment arrangements must be in good standing at the end of each trimester in order for students to be admitted for the following trimester. A family who remains severely past-due, does not complete the FACTS Grant & Aid assessment application and attend the follow-up meeting, and/or is not meeting their modified payment plan commitment, will be asked to remove their child(ren) from Saint Juliana School.
Managing Tuition Costs
We recognize and appreciate the sacrifices that families make in order to provide a quality Catholic education for their children. An important and ongoing priority for us is identifying and securing additional sources of revenue that help us keep tuition costs as manageable as possible. Some programs are for the greater good, meaning their income helps reduce our overall expense burden and accordingly, tuition. Other programs allow participating families to earn credits that directly reduce their own tuition billing:
- Commission and rebate programs such as Amazon Smile, Box Tops for Education, paper and ink cartridge recycling for the greater good.
- TRIP is a win-win program for everyone as every purchase directly benefits the participating family and earns greater-good dollars for the school at the same time
- Bingo worker and lunch aide shifts enable families to directly reduce their individual tuition payments; contact the school office for more information.
Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)
For more than 30 years the very popular TRIP program has enabled families to earn direct tuition credits through their everyday purchases of groceries, gas and more. We offer weekly orders as well as cash-and-carry for the most popular certificates, such as Jewel, Happy Foods, Home Depot, Starbucks, Kohl's, and more.
Convenient automatic withdrawals through AutoTRIP can assure you're never without TRIP certificates for those necessities. Instant ScripNow! and reloadable cards through shopwithscrip.com make this program more convenient than ever. With TRIP, every family can be earning hundreds of dollars in tuition credits every year without spending an extra penny!
BINGO IS CURRENTLY ON-HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Friday night Bingo at St. Juliana Parish is a tradition that dates back more than 50 years! It takes a solid crew of workers to keep Bingo successful and school families can help by signing on as a Bingo worker. Work a monthly Bingo shift (13 times during a 12-month period) and earn credits toward your monthly tuition billing. The longer you work Bingo, the more you earn:
- First Bingo year: $250 annual stipend / $25 credit applied over 10 months
- Second year: $500 annual stipend / $50 credit applied over 10 months
- Third year and beyond: $750 annual stipend / $75 credit over 10 months
There are a limited number of Bingo shifts available and they're filled on a first-come, first-served basis. As families "graduate" from SJS, new positions open; contact the Bingo committee to apply.
Auxiliary Group Activities
Our parish is proud to have four very active groups whose activities generate income for various church and school needs. Your support of their activities helps underwrite a variety of special programs that enrich the lives of our students while at St. Juliana School:
Other outside sources of income for our school that do not require or involve direct donations include the following organizations; all donations received from these and similar programs are directed to our School Support Fund, which helps reduce the tuition cost for all families:
Employer Matching Gift Programs
Many of our parents participate in matching gift programs through their employers; some corporations match as generously as 3-to-1! Please check with your employer; questions and paperwork can be directed to Mr Ray Balcarcel.
Employer Dependent Care Accounts
Tuition for preschool and prekindergarten, as well as extended care fees are generally covered expenses under pre-tax flexible spending/dependent care accounts. FACTS provides family reports designed to provide the necessary information to claim these covered expenses from your plan. Please consult the terms of your employer's plan for specifics and contact FACTS or let us know if you need additional documentation.
Is your employer changing its address or phone? Abandoning a marketing program? Upgrading furnishings or equipment? Consider asking for the still-usable materials often rendered obsolete by such situations, such as outdated letterhead (we print on the reverse) and envelopes; filing cabinets, office desks and conference tables, etc. Outdated computer and peripheral hardware is generally unsuitable for our needs, but we welcome inquiries; contact Mr. Ray Balcarcel.