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Family Individualized Tuition

In the spirit of the Sacred Heart commitment to building community and removing barriers, we are implementing an innovative new tuition model called Family Individualized Tuition (FIT). FIT is designed to increase access to a high-quality Sacred Heart education for academically qualified students who can strengthen our community and advance the mission of the School. In a competitive independent school market, we want to be the top choice for your family!

A Sacred Heart education at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill is a transformative experience. We believe that students who are seeking a Sacred Heart education and ready to make the most of their school experience should not see tuition as a barrier. FIT makes this possible! Over 25% of our families currently receive individualized tuition, and families from 54 zip codes in the region and across the economic spectrum have found their home at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill. All of our students strengthen our school community with their gifts and talents!

Read more in this letter to our community from our Board Chair and learn why FIT is a part of the mission of Sacred Heart education as reflected in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education.

My Sacred Heart education has had a profound influence on my life. Because of our family situation, I would not have considered Villa to be a realistic option for us. I am so glad I started the conversation. Now, I am able to give my daughters the gift of a Sacred Heart education!

 -Villa Duchesne alum and current parent

A Sacred Heart Education at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

Learn more about Family Individualized Tuition at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill!

Tuition at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School

This chart reflects the top tier of tuition for each grade level, and serves as a starting point as you think about participating in FIT:

Grade

JK3 Half Days (M,W,F)

JK3 Full Days (M,W,F)

JK3 5 Half Days

JK3 5 Full Days

JK4 5 Half Days

JK4 5 Full Days

K-Grade 4

Grades 5-6

Grades 7-12

Top Tuition 2020-2021

$7,150

$9,900

$11,900

$16,500

$11,900

$16,500

$19,000

$19,800

$23,950

What could FIT look like for your family?

We want to start a conversation about FIT with our families as early as possible, so families have the information they need as they go through the admissions process. Below is a chart reflecting sample individualized tuition prices for families that applied in the 2018-2019 school year. Many factors are considered when determining your family’s tuition. Please reach out to us to discuss your individual situation.

Family Individualized Tuition Application Process

  1. The preferred deadline for FIT is January 31, 2021 for the 2021-2022 School Year. If you are learning about FIT after 1/31, please submit a FIT application! We do continue to accept and review applications after the deadline if funds are available. 
  2. To prepare to apply, collect the required supporting documents: most recent paystubs and W-2 forms for all jobs; most recently filed tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ with all schedules), most recently filed Business Tax return if applicable, and any supplemental income documentation (social security, welfare, food stamps, child support, 1099M forms, workers compensation, unemployment, veterans benefits, etc.).
  3. Visit Smart Tuition Aid and create an account or log in if you already have an account. Our School ID is 12537.
  4. Complete the information required by Smart Tuition Aid and submit the required documentation. There is a $35 processing fee.
  5. Once your information is processed, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School will receive a recommendation from Smart Tuition Aid, and that recommendation will be reviewed by our FIT Committee. Using Smart Tuition Aid’s recommendation and all other qualitative information provided by the family, the FIT Committee will determine a sustainable rate of tuition that prioritizes tuition as a top financial commitment but does not exceed your budget. Fairness and confidentiality are at the heart of this process.
  6. If you have questions about FIT, email FIT@vdoh.org. If you have questions about the Smart Tuition Aid application, you can contact support@smarttuitionaid.com or call 1.800.360.8027.

Scholarships

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School offers many scholarships. Review our Scholarship page to learn more about how to apply! 

529 Savings Plans

The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means 529 savings plans—plans that allow families to save for educational expenses—can be used for private school tuition grades K-12 as well college costs. More than 30 states, including Missouri, offer a tax deduction for households that contribute to a 529 plan. Please consult your financial advisor as to the tax consequences associated with 529 plans.

FIT Frequently Asked Questions