New! 529 Tuition Savings Account for K-12
A tool for saving for college has been expanded to elementary and secondary education.
Through 529 plans, investments grow free of federal taxes, and withdrawals are free of federal taxes when spent on qualified education expenses for elementary, secondary or higher education. Parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and anyone interested in helping provide for a child’s education may contribute.
Tuition Scholarships are Available!
Catholic Schools do not receive funding from the government. We are a private, non-profit, religious organization that depends on funding from tuition, parish subsidy, fundraising and donations. Part of our mission at Saint Patrick School is to make Catholic Education available and affordable for ALL families in our community. Funds are raised each year to help families that are committed to Catholic Education but may be experiencing financial hardships. Please consider speaking with our Pastor or Principal about tuition scholarship options.
Saint Patrick Parishioners – A limited amount of tuition assistance is available each school year. Apply for Tuition Scholarships now.
Parishioners at another parish without a school – A recent Decree from the Bishop requires your home parish to subsidize a portion of tuition each year. Apply for Tuition Scholarships now.
Benefit – Tuition Savings
Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transaction back to your SMART tuition account. Just shop like you normally do. When it comes time to checkout, instead of pulling out your credit card, pull out the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card that you redeem instantly.
For instance, buy $200 worth of back to school clothing at Gap, and $16 (8%) goes back to your SMART tuition account. It doesn’t cost you a dime beyond what you were already going to spend. It’s raising funds without fundraising!
Download the app and select your school as your chosen beneficiary to start giving today.
SCRIP – Tuition Savings
Did you know that with a little planning ahead, SCRIP can lead to big tuition savings? Save on your tuition bill each year! Last year, participating St. Patrick families saved a combined total of $5000 on their annual tuition costs!
SCRIP is a program where gift cards or gift certificates are purchased and used for the full face value and a percentage of the face value is credited to a specific child’s tuition account. SCRIP can be used at participating grocery stores, gas stations, retail stores, fast food, full service restaurants, etc. Friends and relatives can also purchase SCRIP and apply their proceeds to a specific child’s tuition account.
Here’s how it works: Sign up for the SCRIP program at St. Patrick School and designate the tuition account for the proceeds to be applied. Place an order by Monday – either online or by dropping the order form and payment off, and orders are sent home on Thursdays. If SCRIPNow! is used online, SCRIP can be used within minutes. Now you can take your gift cards or certificates and use them as cash wherever you shop.
For more information, or to register an account, please contact Penny Spanbauer at 616.635.0385 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To sign up online, please visit SCRIP ONLINE.
The St. Patrick School enrollment code is D65LF3L2184