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Preston High School
Tuition, Fees, & Incidental Expenses
School Policy
2017-18

Preston High School is a privately-owned and operated ministry of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion.  Our mission is to provide a superior college preparatory education for each of our students.  Over 75% of our funding is from tuition and fees and we therefore rely critically on the timely collection of tuition in order to maintain the facilities and pay our faculty and staff.  We ask that you honor your contractual obligation to pay for the education of your daughter in accordance with the Tuition, Fees, & Incidental Expenses Policies as set forth below:

2017-18 Tuition Structure

 

 

(1)The General Fee includes classroom supplies & equipment, library acquisitions, administrative / testing / instructional materials, technology leasing, student handbook & planner, class / parent dues, retreats, and the annual Super Raffle.  This does not include the cost of books, uniforms, and some course- (e.g., science labs, electives) and grade- (e.g., senior luncheon, prom) specific fees, which are additional.

(2)The Senior Luncheon is a prelude to the Senior Prom and provided by the School at the Marina del Rey in December during School hours.

(3)All fees are non-refundable.  At time of withdrawal or dismissal from the School, any tuition refund due will be calculated as the excess number of months, or fraction thereof, paid prorated over the academic year (10 months).  Conversely, any outstanding tuition and fees at withdrawal or dismissal will be calculated and due on or before the exit interview.

A separate Registration and Re-Registration Fee of $175 is due on or before the initial registration at the School and each February thereafter (except Senior year) that the student is enrolled at Preston.

Tuition Payments

As a condition of enrollment and good standing, each student’s financially responsible party (the “Customer”) is required to have an active online tuition account with FACTS, Preston’s tuition management provider, at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3KZZV.   Since the School invoices tuition, fees, and most incidental expenses through the student’s FACTS account, it is the responsibility of the Customer to login and review the charges regularly.

FACTS charges the School an annual administrative fee of $50 to create and manage your tuition account. Preston passes this fee directly onto the Customer.  For academic year 2017-18, this charge appears on your FACTS account as a School Payment Plan Fee and is due in full by July 3, 2017.

Tuition and fees are due on the 1st day of each month, with a 5 business day courtesy period, after which a late fee of $50 will be charged on any outstanding balance of $50 or more.  Each Customer can request one (1) courtesy late fee waiver per academic year, if tuition and fees will be made current at the time of request.  No additional waivers will be granted under any circumstances.

Please remit all payments through FACTS.  Do not make any in-school payments.

Invoice Plans (Exception Only) and Invoice Plan Surcharge

In order to minimize its credit risk, beginning in 2017-18 Preston requires each Customer to provide a valid U.S. bank account or credit card for automatic tuition payments (Auto Pay).  If you do not have, or cannot provide, either form of payment, then the School, at its discretion, may create an Invoice Plan for your tuition payments.  This accommodation is by formal request and exception only.  All FACTS Invoice Plans are assessed an annual Invoice Plan Surcharge, which is billed through your FACTS account.  For 2017-18, the surcharge is $50 and due in full by June 1, 2017.  This surcharge is fully or partially refundable based upon the time the Invoice Plan is converted to Auto Pay.  The refund must be requested by the Customer in an email to mfava@prestonhs.org or cmooney@prestonhs.org.

As an added incentive, a Customer who switches from an Invoice Plan to Auto-Pay has the choice of tuition due date of the 1st or 10th day of each month.  The change in due date must be requested by the Customer in an email to mfava@prestonhs.org or cmooney@prestonhs.org.

Payment Plan Options

For 2017-18, tuition payment plan options are:

                        1. Paid in Full
                        2. Semestral (semi-annual)
                        3. Quarterly
                        4. Monthly (most popular)

A 3% early payment discount (“EPD”) will be applied to the tuition portion if the tuition & general fee is paid in full by June 1, 2017.  A 1½% discount applies when the tuition & general fee for each semester is paid in full by June 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018, respectively.  A 1% discount applies to quarterly plans paid by June 1, September 1, January 1, and March 1.

For incoming Freshman, regardless of your payment plan, the first month’s payment is due on Freshman Registration Day, March 7, 2018, to reserve your daughter’s seat in September.  You must also have created your online FACTS account in advance of Registration Day.

Tuition Discounts

To help our families meet the costs of a private education, we offer tuition discounts.  Preston defines a tuition discount as any credit that reduces tuition from the amount as stated in Section I.  For the 2017-18 academic year, tuition is $10,900.  Tuition discounts awarded and funded by Preston fall into six (6) general categories:

Academic Scholarships (merit-based).  Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen based upon performance on the TACHS exam and middle school academic records.  These are generally 4-year awards as long as a student maintains the minimum GPA and tuition / fees remain current.  Academic scholarships cannot be combined with any other Preston-awarded tuition discounts, except the Sibling Discount.

Mother Mary Veronica (“MMV”) Grant (Freshman year only).  This grant is awarded to incoming freshman based upon service at their middle school.  An application, including essay, must be submitted by the posted deadline, generally mid-February, before Registration Day.  The MMV grant for 2017-18 is $2,500 and cannot be combined with any other Preston-awarded tuition discounts, except the Sibling Discount.

(3)Financial Aid (need-based).  We are very proud to continue our financial aid program to families of our students who demonstrate need.  An application must be made every year for which you seek financial aid; the application can only be made directly from your FACTS tuition account by clicking on the “Start a Financial Aid Application” on your landing page.  An application takes an average of three (3) hours total to complete properly.  For 2017-18, the application deadline for rising upperclassmen is April 30, 2017 and there is a $40 fee, payable directly to FACTS.  An application is not complete and will not be considered without the required 2016 tax documents (most typically the Federal and State returns and wage statements).

For incoming freshman, the deadline is December 15th of the year preceding Registration Day.

There is no way to determine in advance if you will receive financial aid, as there are simply too many individual factors and extenuating circumstances taken into consideration.  Final awards are always contingent upon the funds available and the number of families requesting aid.  Any Financial Aid granted will be posted to your FACTS tuition account at the end of May 2016.

Financial Aid cannot be combined with any other Preston-awarded tuition discounts, except the Sibling Discount.

(4)Legacy Discount.  Students whose mother or grandmother is a Preston graduate are eligible to receive a $1,500 discount.  The Legacy Discount cannot be combined with any other Preston-awarded tuition discounts, except the Sibling Discount.

(5)Archdiocesan (ADNY) Employee Discount.  Students whose parent or legal guardian is employed by the New York Archdiocese are eligible to receive a $1,500 discount.  Proof of full-time employment in the ADNY must be submitted for the academic year.  Proof is defined as an original letter on letterhead from the Principal, or the equivalent, and a copy of the most recent employee paystub.  The ADNY Employee Discount cannot be combined with any other Preston-awarded tuition discounts, except the Sibling Discount.

Sibling Discount.  Families with more than one daughter attending Preston during the same academic year are eligible to receive a $750 discount for each additional sibling. The discount will be applied to the tuition account of the eldest sibling and will remain in effect until the withdrawal or graduation of the eldest sibling.

Other external scholarships include, but are not limited to, Inner City Scholarship (e.g., BASF and HSA), Community Connections, Student Sponsor Partners, Columbus Citizens Foundation, and the Tri-State Italian-American Scholarship.

Tuition discounts, both Preston-awarded and external third-party, cannot exceed the amount of tuition, $10,900 for 2017-18.  In the event the combined tuition discounts exceed tuition, then Preston will reduce its award(s) accordingly; if Preston’s award reduction still results in a credit, the credit will be carried over and applied to the following academic year tuition; a credit balance will be refunded only at time of withdrawal or graduation if all tuition and fees are paid in full.  At a minimum, the Customer is always fully responsible for the General Fee and all Incidental Expenses.

Delinquencies

Preston defines continued delinquency as two (2) months’ tuition outstanding.  For delinquent accounts, Preston reserves the right to suspend the student from curricular and extracurricular activities and withhold interim, quarterly, and final grade reports, diplomas, and final transcripts until all outstanding tuition and fees are paid.

Accounts showing continued delinquency will be turned over to a collection agency or small claims court.  The Customer’s payment history will be reported to the major credit bureaus in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and NYS credit reporting laws.  Notwithstanding the satisfaction of other required criteria for the tuition discount, such as minimum GPA and continued financial need, the School will rescind all Preston academic, service, or need-based tuition discounts for the remainder of the semester.  Tuition discounts will be reinstated at the start of the following semester only if all outstanding tuition and fees are paid before the start of the semester.

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We realize that a rigorous private high school education is a major financial commitment on your part and we appreciate the investment you’ve made in your daughter’s future by choosing Preston.  In return, we are committed to empowering our students to become well-rounded young women who accept challenges and effect positive change.  Our promise to you is a superior academic experience and a bounty of extracurricular opportunities at the core of your daughter’s personal growth.