May 29, 2023
Tuition Policy for St. James the Greater School


Tuition Policy


Saint James the Greater School

6111 Cheviot Road

Cincinnati, Ohio  45247


Saint James the Greater Church sponsors an elementary school as a ministry to its members.  Its purpose is to educate the entire child, and especially to evangelize the child in the Catholic faith. 


Funding for the operation of the school comes from three sources.  The parish subsidizes the operation of the school with a portion of the Sunday collection, which also must support the other needs of the parish. The school depends on assistance from the State of Ohio to provide specialized services and mandated services required by the State.  The third source is the tuition paid by the families of the students attending Saint James School.  Obviously, the full cost to educate a child at Saint James is much higher than the tuition charged. 


Determining Tuition Rates  

Each spring the school administration, after consultation with the Education Commission, presents a budget to the parish Finance Council.  This budget includes the proposed tuition rates for the following school year.  After accepting the school budget, the Finance Council includes it in the full parish budget, which is then presented to the Pastoral Council.  The Pastoral Council reviews the full parish budget and then makes a recommendation to the Pastor to accept or reject the budget.  If the budget is accepted, the tuition rates are published for the following school year.


Parishioner and Non-Parishioner Rates

It is expected that parishioner families with students in the parish school support the whole parish through regular contributions through the Sunday collection.   Since it is presumed that parishioners are doing this, there is a reduced tuition rate for parishioners.  To receive the parishioner rate, the following are required:

§  The family is registered in the parish;

§  At least one parent is Catholic;

§  The child is baptized and is being raised as a Catholic.
Students who are not parishioners are invited to attend Saint James School but at the full tuition level.


There is a scale of adjusted tuition rates for parishioner families with multiple children in Saint James School.  Children in kindergarten do not qualify for multiple child discounts Non-parishioners are not eligible for multiple child discounts. 


Payment of Tuition 
Tuition collection is handled through an online tuition management company, FACTS.  A variety of tuition payment plans are available to meet the individual needs of our families.  The options are:
            1. Payment in full by August 1 (which entitles the family to a 2% discount) 
            2. Two semi-annual payments 
            3. Four quarterly payments 
            4. Ten monthly payments 
            5. Twenty bi-monthly payments

Tuition can be paid with a credit card or through electronic withdrawals from a checking or savings account.  The first tuition payment is due in August.  Service Charges are added and determined by FACTS.

 The parish office and the school office do not process tuition payments



Other Fees

There is registration fee of $150.00 per family, of which $50.00 will be applied to next year's tuition.  This fee is not refundable if the family chooses another school.


St. James School does not assess additional fees for textbooks, labs, art, etc.   There is a per-family cafeteria fee of $50 which is added to the tuition amount.


Additional Stipulations

If a family is delinquent in tuition payments, the child’s report card will be held for that quarter. 


All tuition must be paid in full for the transfer of school records to another school, including high schools.


All tuition must be paid in full for the student to participate in the 8th grade graduation ceremonies.


All tuition must be paid in full before the registration for the following school year is confirmed.


Registration to Facts must be done before the registration for the following school year is confirmed.



School Tuition for 2020-21


Grades 1 through 8                                                                  Kindergarten

Full tuition (non-parishioner)  $5,660.00                                       $4,136.00

One child (parishioner)              $4,136.00                                 

Two children (parishioners)      $8,041.00

Three children (parishioners)    $11,395.00

Four children (parishioners)      $12,415.00




 Policy revised February, 2014