Scholarships and Financial Aid
Affording St. Francis
Available to all rising freshmen, including current St. Francis eighth graders and new Upper School St. Francis families, The St. Francis Merit Scholarship recognizes students with a combination of exceptional character, academic achievement, and influential contributions to their school community through service, the arts, or athletics.
The scholarship committee meets and reviews each student’s academic and co-curricular profile to determine awards. Students applying to St. Francis will be notified of their award at the time of their admission decision. Current St. Francis students will be notified after re-enrollment. The award is eligible to be renewed through graduation as long as the recipient is in good academic standing, remains a contributing member of the school community, and is an active participant in the co-curricular life of the school.
The St. Francis Merit Scholarship program will honor the school's commitment to educate children to be people for others through faith, dignity, courage, and scholarship.
The St. Francis Financial Assistance Program enables us to enroll and re-enroll qualified students in kindergarten through Upper School whose families cannot pay full tuition costs. All families who feel they may qualify are encouraged to apply for financial assistance. Financial assistance decisions do not adversely affect a student’s opportunity for admission or re-enrollment at St. Francis. The maximum financial assistance award, per family, is twice the highest Upper School tuition each year.
To apply for financial assistance for the upcoming academic year, new and current St. Francis families should follow these steps:
- Access the Independent School Management’s (ISM) Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program website specifically for St. Francis and complete the financial assistance application by February 19, 2021.
- ISM charges a fee to process your application. The fee is payable online by MasterCard, VISA, or AMEX. Once the application is completed, you may be contacted by the Business Office if additional information is needed.
- Mail a copy of your 2020 tax return by February 22, 2021, directly to ISM, RE: FAST, 1316 North Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806-2594. Or, you may electronically send your tax return to FAST per instructions on the FAST website. The Financial Assistance Committee will not make a recommendation on financial assistance if the tax return is not provided.
- Financial assistance award notifications are published March 11, 2021. If you intend to accept the financial assistance award, notify the school by
April 7, 2021.
It is necessary to re-apply for financial assistance every year you wish to continue receiving it. Those applications received after February 19, 2021, will be prioritized in a date-received order, and assistance will be awarded until funds are no longer available.
St. Francis uses a combination of scholarship awards and need-based financial aid to attract and retain a student body that is reflective of the greater Houston community. This is made possible through the generous support of our philanthropic partners.