Program Costs

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Program Costs

What is the cost for my student to attend the Academy?
Are there any fees in addition to the basic program cost?
Is there a discounted fee for those who pay in full?
Are there other discounts my family might qualify for?
Is there a discount for families who enroll more than one child?
What type of payment plans are available?
How do I see my charges and receive my invoices?
How can I make payments?
Can my students charge at the Bookstore?
Do you offer a referral discount?
Does the Academy offer Financial Assistance?
Are any K-12 Education Loans available?
What is the cost for my student to attend the Academy?

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:

2019-2020 Financial Information (Day)
2019-2020 Financial Information (Boarding)

Are there any fees in addition to the basic program cost?

Yes, the cost for textbooks, school supplies, and uniforms are not included in the program fee. 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 music instrument rental, college dual-credit courses, and after-school care for Lower School students.

The 2019-20 Fee schedules can be viewed below:
2019-20 Day Student Fee Schedule
2019-20 Boarding Student Fee Schedule

Is there a discounted fee for those who pay in full?

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).

Are there other discounts my family might qualify for?

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. SMA also offers a $1,000 (first-year) tuition discount to students who have a parent or parents employed by Texas State University. If more than one student enrolls from the same family, each student will receive these tuition discounts.

Is there a discount for families who enroll more than one child?

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.

What type of payment plans are available?

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.

How do I see my charges and receive my invoices?

The Academy uses Smart Tuition for management of invoicing and collections. After acceptance to the Academy, your Smart Tuition account will be created by the Business Office and a Smart 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 Smart Tuition at 888-868-8828 for your account log in and password. With this information you can access your account at www.parent.smarttuition.com. Smart Tuition’s call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Please see this Smart Tuition FAQ document for more details.

How can I make payments?

Smart Tuition 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

Can my students charge at the Bookstore?

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 Smart Tuition invoice and are due upon invoice.

Do you offer a referral discount?

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.

Does the Academy offer Financial Assistance?

Financial Aid is need-based tuition assistance. A family may apply for financial assistance once their child has been accepted to the Academy. Decisions regarding financial assistance are made by the Financial Aid Committee on the basis of a family’s demonstrated need and the availability of funds from the school. Because of our limited resources, financial assistance awards will generally cover only a small percentage of a student’s tuition.

Are any K-12 Education Loans available?

Families may want to look at the K-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. You may also download this fact sheet about the program.

La Cima Good Neighbor Grant
San Marcos Academy, in partnership with our neighboring master planned community, La Cima, is offering a La Cima Good Neighbor Grant. This $2,000 grant will apply to new home residents whose children enroll at the Academy. The grant will be applied toward the tuition of each child in the family during his or her first year of attendance. Contact us for more information about the La Cima Good Neighbor Grant and learn more about La Cima and their community plan on their website.

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