February 4, 2018
Dear St. Augustin Parents,
Believe it or not, it is time to enroll your students for the 2018-19 school year!
As we continue to enhance our efficiency and communication here at St. Augustin Catholic School, we have some exiting news to share with you about the process of enrollment and payment of tuition and book fees for the upcoming year.
The Des Moines Diocesan School Board has decided to collaborate with FACTS Management Company in the collection of our tuition along with the other Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese. This program will offer greater efficiency in tuition collection and provide families with state-of the-art technology solutions to streamline the billing process and payment options.
FACTS manages the business side of education for over 10,000 schools nationally and their program is used by more than 1.5 million families. We are pleased to be able to provide this program for our families.
As part of the enrollment application process for the 2018-19 school year, all families will be directed to FACTS to set up a new user account and select one of the following tuition payment plan options:
Annual: the entire amount of tuition is paid on or before September 1, 2018. You can choose to receive an invoice or schedule an automatic (ACH or credit card) payment. Please note: credit card payments will incur a transaction fee from FACTS.
Semi-annual: the tuition payment will be divided in two payments. The 1st payment is due on or before September 1, 2018 and the 2nd payment is due on or before January 2, 2019. You can choose to receive an invoice or schedule an automatic (ACH or credit card) payment. Please note: credit card payments will incur a transaction fee from FACTS.
Monthly: tuition is paid over a 9-month period, with an annual set up fee of $38 per household account. The 9-month payment plan begins in September and finishes in May. The FACTS plan offers two ways to pay for tuition: Electronic debit, as authorized by parents from their bank accounts (checking or savings accounts), which is similar to our current plan, or an automatic credit card payment. Please note: credit card payments will incur a transaction fee from FACTS.
As a result of this advancement in payment change, our enrollment process will change as well. Parents will complete an online enrollment application on the school website and pay book fees through FACTS. We will send information regarding registration for the 2018-19 school year this week. Re-enrollment for returning families will begin February 12th through March 6th .
We are committed to providing an outstanding education for your children. We hope that this policy enables families to choose a reasonable payment plan while allowing us to provide a quality academic and faith-filled institution for our students. Lastly, we do not want these fees to be a burden to families. We continue to have CTO and scholarship monies available. Just give me a call to discuss.
Dr. Nancy O’Neill Dowdle