Our program costs differ depending on a student’s grade level and Day or Boarding status. The cost of each program, as well as what services are included in the cost, is listed on our Financial Information documents:
These items can be purchased at our Bookstore by cash, check, or credit card, usually at the time of registration. Additional fees for activities outside of the standard program vary from student to student and could include items such as testing fees, lab fees, music instrument rental, or college dual-credit course fees.
The Fee schedules can be viewed below:
If you will be paying in full prior to or at Registration, you will qualify for the “Pay In Full” program cost, which is a savings of five percent. If you are requesting a payment plan, the “Payment Plan” program cost will be applied to your account. Once you are accepted at the Academy, you will be asked which program fee you would like applied to your account. Please note that the Payment Plan program is not available to our International students (those with an F-1 Visa).
San Marcos Academy offers a $1,000 first responder or military/veteran discount. This discount will be applied to the student’s tuition for one year. If more than one student enrolls from the same family, each student will receive these tuition discounts.
Yes, we offer a sibling discount at the Academy. Each child from the same family will receive a 5% discount on his or her program cost. The financial information documents in question one above show our costs with the sibling discount applied.
We currently offer a monthly payment plan option with the first payment due in July and the final payment due in April. We also offer a semester plan with payments due in July and December.
The Academy uses Blackbaud Tuition Management for invoicing and collections. After acceptance to the Academy, your Blackbaud Tuition Management account will be created by the Business Office and a Blackbaud Tuition Management Family ID will be assigned to you. All invoices and communications will be sent to you via e-mail.
For security reasons, you will need to contact Blackbaud Tuition Management at 888-868-8828 for your account log in and password. With this information you can access your account at parent.blackbaud.school. Blackbaud Tuition Management’s call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please see this Blackbaud Tuition Managemen FAQ document for more details.
Blackbaud Tuition Managment can be used to set up your payments to the school. If this is not convenient, you can make payments directly to the Academy. We accept wire transfers as well as checks or cash at the Business Office. Follow these instructions to send a wire transfer: Frost Wire Transfer Information
After Registration, your student may occasionally need to purchase items at the Bookstore. We recommend that students have access to a debit or credit card. If this is not convenient, we will allow your student to charge to his or her student account. All bookstore charges will appear on your Blackbaud Tuition Management invoice and are due upon invoice.
SMA offers a referral discount for families who assist in recruiting new students. Currently enrolled students will receive a tuition credit for a referral to the Academy ($500 for a day student referral and $1,000 for a boarding student referral). The credit will be awarded when a referred student 1) applies and is accepted to the Academy (2) identifies the referring family on the application itself and (3) enrolls at SMA. Children of SMA employees are exempt from this discount.
Financial Aid is need-based tuition assistance. A family may only apply for financial assistance once their child has been accepted to the Academy. Because of our limited resources, financial assistance awards will generally cover only a small portion of a student’s tuition.
San Marcos Academy partners with Blackbaud Tuition Management for financial assistance request processing. Once your application is processed, a financial aid recommendation will be forwarded from Blackbaud to San Marcos Academy. All final financial aid decisions and notifications of an award amount (if any) will be made by the SMA Financial Aid Committee. To begin an online application, visit https://smartaidforparents.com.
Blackbaud ID# 13398 San Marcos Academy
Blackbaud Application Fee: $35
For questions about Blackbaud, you may contact the SMA Business Office at 512-753-8014 or email Heather Alba.
Families may want to look at the PreK–12 Family Education Loan through SallieMae. SMA is a Sallie Mae certified school and can work with parents before the start of school to help with the loan processing.