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Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

St. Mary's Springs Academy strives to ensure that no family is denied an opportunity for a Catholic education due to financial circumstances. This section is dedicated to discussing the tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities that the St. Mary's Springs Academy community of supporters makes possible. For questions regarding your family's particular financial situation, we encourage you to contact Carol Ellestad at (920-322-8002) or our Admissions Office for additional information. 

Tuition Assistance

Payment plans are sometimes not enough to make a St. Mary's Springs Academy education affordable. We offer need-based tuition assistance to assist families with additional funding needs. Tuition assistance is available for students at all grade levels. 

The financial information used to determine need-based tuition assistance includes:

  • Income, both taxable and non-taxable

  • Assets (home equity, other real estate, savings, stocks, etc.)

  • Number of dependents

  • Taxes

  • Medical and dental costs not covered by insurance

  • Personal debt

  • Unusual expenses such as nursing home costs, legal fees, child support, etc.

Range of Assistance Awarded

The tuition assistance awarded to qualified applicants per pupil per year ranks between $250 to more than $3,000.

About TADS

The Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) has been selected by St. Mary's Springs Academy to conduct financial need assessments for families that may need assistance in paying tuition. The application process is fair and confidential. Each family wishing to apply for aid fills out a TADS application form online (one per family) at

TADS performs a calculation and produces a report which estimates how much the family can afford to spend on educating its children for the year. In addition to submitting a TADS application online, parents must send a copy of their W2 forms and federal income tax returns directly to TADS. These tax documents and the report from TADS are maintained in a confidential tuition assistance application file. Once the file is complete, the SMSA Tuition Assistance Committee will review all applications and make fair and objective decisions on awards of aid for each child that is interested in registering for the upcoming school year. 

The Tuition Assistance Process

In order to be eligible to receive need-based aid, parents must complete the TADS application. TADS is a third-party provider that allows SMSA to estimate each family's ability to pay. The TADS applications must be received according to the following timeline: 

The 2017-2018 application for financial aid is now available.  Please complete the application and update your file with your new tax data as soon as such information becomes available to you. You can contact TADS directly if you would like a paper application. The TADS fee for the tuition assistance form is $34.00.

Note: New families and transfer students should also submit their Application for Admission at this time. 

Tuition assistance award letters will be mailed to all families with a completed TADS application in early May.