Our parish has had for many years a commitment to do all it can to make Catholic education available to all its families who wish it for their children. The continuation of a quality school with a quality education depends on maintaining a quality faculty that is fairly compensated and enthusiastically supported by our parents and our parish. It is the sacrifices of many that make the enterprise of Saint Joseph School possible. Parents sacrifice financially to give their children an extra edge on building religious and faith values. Parishioners who have long since had children in school continue to tithe generously, thus making it possible for the parish to subsidize the per pupil cost by more than one half.
Saint Joseph Parish is committed to making it possible for any child of a registered and participating family to attend a Catholic school. A small committee has been set up to meet with any family who needs financial aid. The bottom line in these instances is not money but whether the family is regularly attending the parish for weekend liturgy and worship and whether they are participating in the parish SACRIFICIAL GIVING PROGRAM at a level they can afford on a regular basis.
In order to be given preference as members of Saint Joseph Parish the following criteria need to be met:
1. Currently registered at Saint Joseph, Our Lady's Immaculate Heart of Ankeny, St. Luke's, St. Mary's of Elkhart or Ss. John and Paul Parish and have completed a Sacrificial Commitment Card.
2. Regularly attending week-end Liturgy at home Parish and participating in parish events.
3. Regularly using envelopes to contribute to the parish through the Sacrificial Giving Program as stated on the Sacrificial Commitment Card. (The amount to be given is to be determined by the parishioner's family in relationship to their income.)
Families who currently have students in school but are not meeting their financial obligations to the school, and/or have not been faithful to items two and three above, will not be given priority over new students in the registration process.
Fees for Saint Joseph families for the 2017-2018 school year are:
A. $180.00 - Registration Fee
(for first child, additional children $65.00) this fee is non-refundable
B. $3,221.00 - Tuition/school fee for first child
$5,786.00 - For two children
$7,969.00 - For three children
(including additional children---the most any family would pay would be $7,969.00)
Those Catholic families who are not currently registered or who are not attending or supporting Saint Joseph Parish will be viewed as non-parishioners and will be charged the same amount in school tuition/fees as students from other parishes. These families need to approach their own parish for financial arrangements and assistance. We of course welcome students from other parishes who do not have schools. We assume that those parishes will give financial assistance wherever possible. Those families that are not Catholic will be charged a tuition approaching the per pupil cost of the previous year. These amounts will be determined following the close of the fiscal year, June 30.
The registration fee must be paid at the time of registration. If there is a problem with this please contact the administrator.
The school tuition payment schedule may be arranged as follows: (For the purposes of accounting the school year is calculated from July 1 to June 30. When reviewing the tithing record, the same time frame will be used.)
OPTION #1 - One payment on July 15th
OPTION #2 - Two semester payments on July 15th and January 15th.
OPTION #3 - Four quarterly payments due on the 15th of July, October, January, and March.
OPTION #4 – Twelve monthly payments due on the 1st or 15th of each month from July to June.
All school payments are to be made directly to the School office. Tithe payments are to be in a tithe envelope and placed in the Sunday collection or paid directly to the Parish office. Payments made to the wrong office can lead to improper credit being given.
If payment has not been received by the 15th day of the month in which it is due, a $5.00 per month service charge will be assessed.
If any account is sixty days past due, a recommendation will go to the Board of Education for non-readmission of that child (children) the following semester. For those students moving into high school recognition as Saint Joseph parishioners will be denied. Notification of parents will be made by registered mail of the Board's decision and the date on which the decision will be carried out.
Any exception to the above must be reached in dialogue with the Pastor and/or the small committee designated by the Board of Education and the Finance Council prior to the dismissal date. It must be made clear that it is not the purpose of the Board to punish the child in these situations. We want all children to have the opportunity for a Catholic education. When problems or inability to meet the obligations incurred exists, we expect parents to discuss the concerns with the Pastor and/or the small committee so that necessary adjustments and arrangements can be made in writing.
Families who may be having financial difficulties are urged to seek out opportunities to give volunteer help in the school, to other groups working in the Parish. Scholarships are available through The Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO), Project HOPE sponsored by the Diocese, through the George and Mary Kremer Foundation or from the pastor. It is expected that in such cases those in need will initiate the dialogue with the pastor, the principal.
All bills owed to the school must be paid in full by June 1. Other arrangements for fulfilling this obligation must be made with the pastor or business manager prior to the release of any student records or diplomas.
The schedule of payment may be modified by contacting the business manager.
Reminder statements will be sent home either with students or by mail as they are due.
Parents are reminded to take advantage of the tax deduction/credit available on the Iowa State Income Tax.