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Tuition Information

Tuition Information

Stella Maris Academy is committed to providing an exemplary education to all who desire. The Tuition Steward Program is being introduced for the 2018-2019 school year to further align our program with our mission and vision.

Our present tuition model provides less than half of the revenue required to educate our students while the remaining revenue comes from operating income and donations from parishes, individual donors and fundraising efforts.  National benchmarks for Catholic schools suggest 80% or more of budgeted revenue should come from tuition.  With much research and consideration, the Tuition Steward Program is designed to help us move toward a healthier balance of revenue from tuition while continuing to cultivate parish and individual gifts of stewardship.  Be assured, our commitment to making a Stella Maris Academy education available to current and future families has not changed.  Need-based tuition assistance is available through Community Support Scholarships.  

A Stella Maris Academy education is a reflection of the investment in the future of each child through the sacrifice of each family, the generosity of our donors and the ardent commitment we make in partnering with you.  The Tuition Steward Program states a Standard Tuition Rate and invites families to thoughtfully consider paying at a level closer to the true cost of educating their children. The 2018-2019 Standard Tuition Rate includes fees for technology, books, yearbook, and the Family Association, fees that were previously billed separately.  Families who enroll more than one child at Stella Maris Academy in grades K-8 will receive a progressive $600/student discount starting with the second child.

All tuition contributions are gifts of stewardship, directly supporting the educational mission of Stella Maris Academy.  We ask you to prayerfully consider contributing more than the Standard Tuition Rate.  Your financial gift of any size will allow us to more vigorously implement our School Strategic Plan, specifically, to grow our Formation Model of Education, enhance teacher compensation and professional development, and invest in additional areas that contribute towards an exemplary education for our students.   

Stella Maris is a special place, like no other, because of our mission.  Thank you for being a part of it.

Thanks to the generosity of our parishes and donors, we awarded over $175,000 in Community Support Scholarships in the 2017-2018 academic year helping many families experience a Stella Maris Academy education. Contact our Admissions Office for more information about our academic programs and community support scholarships.

 Tuition Steward Program

Families may pay the Standard Tuition Rate

 Or, prayerfully consider contributing more toward the Full Cost of Education
 K - 8  Standard Tuition Rate 2018-19 Full Cost of Education
1 Child $4,500  $7,500
2 Children $8,400  $15,000
3 Children $11,700 $22,500
4 Children $14,400 $30,000
5 Children $16,500 $37,500
Pre-Kindergarten                   2-Day: $2,400 3-Day: $3,600 5-Day: $6,000
Enrollment Deposit
(Non-refundable and applied towards tuition at the start of the school year)
$100/family for new or late-enrolling families  
Community Support Scholarships support families in various financial circumstances. (Applications due April 15th for first-round consideration)    

Community Support Scholarships are handled by applying through SMART Aid. https://smartaidforparents.com School ID: 13879.Deadline for initial review is April 15th
Progressive multi-student discounts (included in the standard tuition rates listed above) of $600/student apply starting with the second child- applicable for students Kindergarten-8th grade.
The amount paid above the standard tuition rate may be tax deductible. Please check with your accountant.
For more information about our academic programs and community scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office.

2018-2019 Tuition Policy

Sarah Pennings, Admissions Associate
Holy Rosary Campus
2802 East 4th Street
Duluth, MN  55812
(218) 724-8565 ext. 198


Stella Maris Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.