Tuition Information

2020-21 Saint Thomas the Apostle School Registration Fees

Please note: Application for admission is not complete unless accompanied by the appropriate registration fee. To ensure Saint Thomas is able to serve as many of our applicants as possible, registration fees are non-refundable unless we are unable to place your student. The registration fee is $125 per student ($250 maximum). 


2020-21 Saint Thomas the Apostle School Tuition

Saint Thomas the Apostle School is an important ministry extension of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish. Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish generously underwrites more than one-third of the expenses of educating each student admitted to Saint Thomas the Apostle School (parishioners and non-parishioners alike). Due to this generosity, Saint Thomas is able to offer dynamic education of the highest quality to students at the following tuition rates: 


Saint Thomas Parishioner

 Diocesan Catholic Parishioner


Preschool 3
(2 days/ week)




Preschool 4
(3 days/ week)




(5 mornings/




1 student:
1st-8th grade




2 students:
1st - 8th grade




3 students:
1st - 8th grade




4 students:
1st - 8th grade





Active Parishioner Definition 

To be considered an active parishioner and receive the reduced rate, you must fulfill the requirements listed below.
I commit to:

  • Growing my faith in Jesus and living a Catholic life.
  • Worshiping at Saint Thomas on a weekly basis.
  • Using offertory envelopes to indicate my presence at worship with my family.
  • Support our parish community’s works and ministries with my prayers, time and talent.
  • Financially support Saint Thomas Parish. The recommended level of financial contribution for parishioners is a tithe of 5% of your household income to Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish and 5% to other charities. Saint Thomas Parish asks that I contribute as God has blessed me, as much as I am able.
  • Understanding that if I fail to fulfill the requirements listed above, our tuition rate will be switched to the higher Non-Parishioner rate, and we will be in jeopardy of losing any scholarships that have been awarded.

Automatic Tuition Payments

We are pleased to offer automatic tuition payments through SMART Tuition for those who wish to utilize a payment plan. To register online, visit www.enrollwithsmart.com


Additional Programs 

Saint Thomas strives to fit the needs of all our families. We offer the following programs to suit more families: Hornets' Nest (After School Program), Preschool Enrichment, and Kindergarten Enrichment. 

We will collect tuition for the Hornets' Nest Program and the Preschool and Kindergarten Enrichment programs in accordance with the same method of payment that you chose for your School Tuition. Below are the rates for these programs. 


Optional Programming


Preschool Enrichment


Kindergarten Enrichment -- 2 days/week


Kindergarten Enrichment -- 3 days/week


Kindergarten Enrichment -- 5 days/week


Hornets' Nest -- 1 student

$426 x days/week

Hornets' Nest -- 2 students

$535 x days/week

Hornets' Nest -- 3 students

$671 x days/week

Hornets' Nest -- 4 students

 $837 x days/week
Hornets' Nest -- 5 students  $1,045 x days/week


Welcome Scholarships

The Welcome Scholarship is open to any family who is new to Catholic schools. This gift is offered regardless of need. You are eligible for this scholarship if:

  • You are a registered parishioner in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
  • Your child will be a new student, preschool-11th grade, in a Diocese of Grand Rapids school for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • You do not have any children currently enrolled in a Diocese of Grand Rapids school.

Welcome Scholarships are limited in quantity and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit CatholicSchools4U.organd select "Scholarships" to apply. Financial AssistanceSaint Thomas the Apostle School strives to maintain financial accessibility for those who seek Christ centered education. Students requiring financial assistance have the following options:

  • Saint Thomas Education Foundation Grants
  • Diocesan Scholarships
  • Tuition Angel Grant Program

To be eligible for all three of these need-based programs, please complete a Tuition Assistance Application form.  Visit the SMART AID Web site for information and instructions to apply for financial assistance.  Please contact Ellen Kieras (616.458.4228) at our School Office for further details and assistance.