Tuition Policy 2016-2017 School Year
Saint Joseph Catholic School is a religious school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Denver and a ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The school relies upon tuition, church support, grants and fundraisers to raise all monies necessary to operate. As such, we need the families of children enrolled to be actively involved in working with the school to keep tuition affordable. For the 2015-2016 school year the cost for educating one child was $7,638. The set tuition for Catholic affiliated students for the 2016-2017 school year is $4,300. For non-affiliated students the tuition is $5,300. The difference between the cost and set tuition is made up as follows:
The registration fee for K-8 students is $400 per family. Preschool siblings are $85 per student. The registration fee is non-refundable and must be paid in full (cash or check) to secure registration.
SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH SUPPORT:
Saint Joseph Catholic School is a ministry of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. The parish provides financial and spiritual support for the school.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE FUND (CSAF):
The rewards of an exceptional Catholic education benefit not only the child, but also our entire Catholic community. The Archdiocese facilitates support from all parishes in the diocese by collecting a percentage of parish revenue into CSAF. Part of CSAF is returned to schools as support for students affiliated with other parishes. Since Saint Joseph provides Catholic education for all of Fort Collins, it has many students who fall into this category. For the 2016-2017 school year, it is unknown at this point of what is expected to be received for each student who is affiliated with a parish other than Saint Joseph.
SPIRIT is the largest school fundraiser and contributes significantly to the school's operating budget. As part of your commitment to Saint Joseph Catholic School, each family shall procure or contribute at least one item for the auction or pay the $250 opt-out fee. We also ask that each family sell raffle tickets and volunteer time. If no item has been procured your TADS account will be billed $250.
The school sells Merchant Cards (gift cards) to different retail, restaurant, grocery store, and other service providers. We purchase the Merchant Cards at a reduced price and sell to families at face value. This valuable program raises approximately $50,000 a year. Each family is required to purchase on average $500 per month each school year or pay the $500 opt-out fee by August 30, 2016. If you choose to purchase Merchant Cards but do not average $500 per month, you will be billed the difference between the profit attributed to your purchases and the $500 fee.
Applications are made to various foundations, such as the Catholic Foundation, the Catholic Schools Assistance Fund (CSAF), and the Archbishop's Catholic Appeal campaign.
ABOVE & BEYOND FUND:
This is a fund for families who can afford to contribute a financial amount Above and Beyond the set tuition amount of $4,300. Any amount paid above required tuition may be a tax-deductible contribution. Your contribution will help offset the difference between the actual tuition cost of $7,638 and the set tuition amount of $4,300.
By registering your child/children at Saint Joseph Catholic School, commitments have been made to have the appropriate number of books, desks, teachers, and more to accommodate your child/ren. As such, should you leave during the school year, you agree to pay for the month you notified Saint Joseph Catholic School of your leaving, and the following month. If you register, but do not attend in the fall, you agree to pay for one month.