TUITION AND FEES
For the 2018-19 School Year
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Tier 1 Cost to Educate $7,750
Tier 2 Formerly Regular Rate $7,478
Tier 3 Formerly Catholic Rate $5,983
Tier 4 Needs Based **
Graduation (8th) $100
** FACTS Grant & Aid is a service for families to apply for financial assistance. For a $35 fee paid to FACTS, a family can provide pertinent information, and FACTS will provide analyzed data to J.E. Cosgriff to help determine what amount can be feasibly granted. The St. Ambrose Pastor and the school administration makes the final determination as to tuition assistance. Please click the link under Admissions/Overview & Process or visit online.factsmgt.com/aid to apply.
February 12, 2018
I am writing to explain the purpose and movement toward Cost Based Tuition in the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City for full time students in Kindergarten to 8th grade.
Rationale: The administrators in the diocese are aware of the teacher shortage in Utah and the critical need to retain our excellent teachers. Over the last ten years, the salary scale for teachers has not kept up with public schools. In fact, our salary scale is approximately 70% of the public school districts such as Salt Lake City and Granite. The Catholic schools have increased teacher salaries at a lower percentage each year than the public school districts, and this gap in salaries is widening each year.
(Example: 2017-18 school year–The starting salary for a first year teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Education in the Catholic Diocese was $29,000 compared to the starting salary in Granite School District, $40,000, and the starting salary in Park City School District, $50,000.)
Catholic Schools in Utah and across the country have historically operated and remained open under the “Traditional Funding Model”, which is a combination of tuition, subsidies and fundraising. This model helps keep tuition affordable for most families. However, under this model all families are subsidized. The cost per pupil is not well defined and school funding is inadequate. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the closure of many Catholic schools in the United States.
After gathering financial data from each Catholic School, a diocesan administrative committee concluded that the average cost to educate one full time K – 8 student in our Catholic Schools is $7,750 per year. A logical step toward a balanced budget and moving our teacher salaries to at least 80% of the public schools is to adopt a “Cost Based Tuition/Needs Based Assistance Model” in our Catholic Schools. Under this model, tuition will be based on actual cost per pupil, and tuition assistance can be provided to families with documented need. Cost Based Tuition will provide a stronger financial foundation for our Catholic schools with tuition based on what a family is able to pay.
This year, we have the following tuition scale:
2017-2018 Current School Year
Tier 1 – $6,924 Regular Rate
Tier 2 – $5,540 Catholic Rate
Tier 3 – FACTS Application Based on Need
Starting the 2018-19 school year and through 2020-21, the tuition structure will be as follows: Families are asked to pay Tier 1, if possible, with a tuition choice of Tiers 2, 3 or 4.
These tuition rates only pertain to Kindergarten – 8th grade full time students.
2018-19 School Year Tuition Rates
Tier 1 – $7,750 Average cost to educate one full time student
Tier 2 – $7,478 Formerly Tier 1 – Regular Rate ($46.16 monthly increase over 12 months)
Tier 3 -$5,983 Formerly Tier 2 – Catholic Rate ($36.91 monthly increase over 12 months)
Tier 4 – FACTS Application Based on Need
2019-2020 School Year Tuition Rates
Tier 1 – $7,750 (+ any Diocesan mandated increase) Average cost to educate one student
Tier 2 – $7,478 (+ any Diocesan mandated increase) Formerly the Regular Rate
Tier 3 – $5,983 (+ any Diocesan mandated increase) Formerly the Catholic Rate/FACTS Application Based on Need
Tier 4 – FACTS Application Based on Need
2020-2021 School Year Tuition Rates
Tier 1 – $7,750 (+ any Diocesan mandated increase)
Tier 2 – $ TBD with a FACTS Application
Tier 3 – $ TBD with a FACTS Application
Tier 4 – FACTS Application for Needs Based Assistance
For the next two school years Tiers 2 and 3 reflect the Regular and Catholic rate, which may increase slightly. Tier 4 remains the same with FACTS needs based tuition. In 2020-2021 the Cost Based Tuition/Needs Based Assistance Model will go into full effect. All families will be asked to pay Tier 1, the average cost to educate your full time student. If this is not possible, Tier 2,3,4 will allow a family to apply for FACTS, where tuition will be adjusted based on a family’s income and need. The Cost Based tuition plan will be gradually phased in over three years. It will help move J.E.Cosgriff School toward a more solid financial foundation.
We realize that providing a Catholic education for your child is a tremendous sacrifice. With the present administration, the goal remains the same, “No family will be asked to leave because of the inability to pay tuition; there is always a way!” The primary purpose for the tuition increase is to pay for the actual cost of your child’s tuition. Families are not being asked to pay for the cost of scholarship or financial aid for other students. Those costs are paid through fundraising, grants and endowment distributions.
With your help, we will be able to move our teacher salary scale from 70% to 80% of public school salaries by Fall 2018. Teaching in our Catholic Schools has long been considered a ministry. Teachers now and in the past have made substantial monetary sacrifices to work at J.E.Cosgriff School. We are very grateful for their commitment and dedication to Catholic education. Moving forward we must make sure all faculty and staff are paid a fair and just wage to live in our world today.
Attached to this letter you will find a list of question and answers which may be of interest to you.
It is our intent to answer all of your questions at a few open parent meetings. The first parent meeting will take place Monday, March 5 at 7:00 pm in the church social center. (parents only)
Thank you for your commitment to Catholic Education.
Father Andrzej Skrzypiec, Pastor
Mrs. Hunt, Principal
(Frequently Asked Financial Questions & 2018-19 tuition schedule below)
Frequently Asked Financial Questions By Parents
principals, the superintendent and the associate superintendent of schools, and staff
with financial expertise, propose tuition levels for the schools. The Proposal is then
given to the bishop for his approval.
teachers pay scale. Since the financial crisis in 2008, teachers in our system were given
minimal raises because tuition levels were not increased proportionally. These minimal
increases did not keep up with the cost of living. Recently, teachers in the diocese have
been placed back on a scale.
teachers, because they work in a private school. Is this true? No. Most teachers and
principals in our system make less than their public school and private school
counterparts. This is because we are a tuition driven system and teacher salaries are
determined by the amount of tuition we can charge.
cost tier, or tier 1, was added to the scale this year to show the real cost a school incurs
to educate a student in our school. This average amount has not been calculated since
system since 2008. Thus, this tier was calculated so that the tuition scale could reflect
the true cost to educate a student.
so many years charging parent less than it costs to educate their children? Many of
you have read or heard media reports that there is a teacher shortage in Utah and that
public schools have recently increased teacher pay by as much as 10%. For example, this
year a starting teacher in the diocese received $30,152 while a starting teacher in the
public system received approximately $41,000 on average. This low rate of pay for
Catholic school teachers has kept tuition lower. If we continue this way, the wage gap
between public/private and Catholic teachers will grow even greater. More importantly,
we need to be able to pay our teachers a just and livable wage so that our talented
teachers stay with us for many years.
not make enough in fundraisers each year to pay for this needed increase in teacher
salaries. Additionally, fundraising is not a reliable source of income. If we fell short in
any given year, we could not pay our teachers. In reality, fundraising efforts are needed
to help with the upkeep of the school such as repairing roofs, heating systems, etc., and
to purchase educational materials and equipment. Most of our schools rely on
fundraising to meet their operational budget.
receiving a reduction in tuition? If you feel that you cannot afford any of the tiers or
you already receive a tuition reduction; you may have your tuition level evaluated by
filling out a FACTS form. FACTS is a company our school uses to help the administration
determine the tuition level that you can afford.
reduction? No. FACTS is only a tool that the school uses to determine your tuition level
based on your income and size of family.
school will work with you to keep your children in the school. Tuition has gone up every
year. It must, in order for us to pay our teachers and staff and for us to able to hire new
teachers in a competitive environment. We have always worked with families to pay
what they can afford. This is still the case.
scholarships for students? Currently, the Diocese annually assesses most Catholic
parishes a portion of their income. This assessment goes into a fund for Catholic schools.
All schools may write grants for emergency funding should a special need arise.
Additional money is distributed to schools based on their financial need. The Skaggs
Tuition Assistance Program also provides some financial assistance to schools for
families that are below the poverty level. In order to receive this assistance, families
must be referred by a principal or pastor.