Tuition and Financial Aid
Parents/Guardians are fully responsible for the timely payment of tuition. The School Council must ensure that appropriate action is taken, in consultation with the parents/legal guardians, when tuition accounts fall into arrears. The School Council will endeavor to deal fairly with all parents/legal guardians and will do everything possible within the limits of established policy to assist parents who cannot meet their tuition obligations. Parents/Legal guardians are requested to co-operate by providing the Finance Committee with any information requested.
Appropriate policies include:
- Tuition Relief (only for families who belong to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish or St. John Vianney Parish)
- Financial Assistance (for all qualifying Catholic families)
The Central Bookkeeping Office will contact parents/legal guardians through phone calls and/or by mail when any account is not paid on the date it is due. It is very important that all parents/legal guardians whose accounts are in arrears notify the school principal immediately. The Central Bookkeeper of the Finance Committee will advise on the application of the appropriate policy.
The school principal will make copies of these policies and the relevant application form available to parents/legal guardians when circumstances such as a loss of employment, sickness, injury or financial difficulties prevent the payment of tuition when due.
If tuition payments are in arrears 60 days or more after the first day of school in September of the current school year, and suitable arrangements have not been made, then – in consultation with The School Council – the parents/guardians will be asked to register their child(ren) at another school over the Christmas break. Similarly, if tuition payments fall into arrears 60 days or more after the first day back to school in January of the current school year, and suitable arrangements have not been made, the parents/guardians will be asked to register their child(ren) at another school during Spring Break.
Re-enrolments for the next school year will be automatically suspended if tuition is in arrears 60 days or more after the Spring Break and suitable arrangements have not been made. Children will not be eligible for re-enrolment until the account is settled.
Financial Assistance Policy – For All Qualifying Catholic Families
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School is open to all families seeking a Catholic education for their children. The school admission policy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national or ethnic origin. The financial assistance program aims to avoid enrolment discrimination on the basis of ability to pay. In a spirit of mutual support, the school has often established special fees for those experiencing financial difficulty. Qualifying Catholic parents/legal guardians with limited financial means are invited to apply to the board to negotiate an appropriate tuition fee to meet their individual circumstances. It should be noted, however, that the finance committee, in consultation with the principal and school pastor, remains the final arbiter of the tuition fee and will not condone a neglectful pattern of paying that tuition fee.
Qualifying Catholic parents/legal guardians with limited financial means are encouraged to apply for a tuition fee determined through confidential negotiations with the Pastor and the Finance Committee.
- Financial assistance application forms must be completed by parents/legal guardians in order to initiate discussions with the pastor regarding a special tuition fee.
- The application form and the financial information disclosed will be held in strict confidence.
- The identity of those applying for financial assistance is known only to the Pastor and the Finance Committee.
- The development of a financing plan to pay the tuition fee will be the first option considered in the discussions and negotiations. Secondly, discussions will review family expenditures and may provide assistance in developing a more appropriate household budget.
- The greater the reduction in tuition fee, the greater the amount of financial disclosure that will be required.
- Financial assistance applications must be renewed annually, at the time of re-registration, however the school and the parish understands that certain financial circumstances may occur during the school year that would require financial assistance.
- If a special tuition fee agreement is achieved but a family’s financial situation changes in the course of a school year, the family will be expected to pay the regular tuition fee as fully as possible.
- As many families as possible will be assisted in times of personal financial difficulties.