Tuition and Financial Aid
Investing in Her Future
A Saint Mary's School education is an investment in your daughter's future. With a mission to prepare girls for college and life, Saint Mary's has provided generations of young women with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and integrity required to live lives of purpose. The value of a Saint Mary's education can best be seen in the faces of our students as they engage with their teachers, each other, and the world around them.
The tuition cost at Saint Mary's School is an annual, comprehensive tuition. Annual tuition includes a personal computer, textbooks, meals in school dining hall for all students, Binder Health Center, fitness room, free admission to school’s performing arts and athletic events including world-class Smedes Parlor Concert series. It does NOT include: optional off-campus activities, various weekend activities, athletic equipment, special services such as private instruction in music, outside tutoring, shuttle transportation to and from school for Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham students, transportation for personal off-campus appointments.
Tuition Insurance provides a way for families to protect their tuition investment and assist them in meeting their financial obligations in the event of an unexpected withdrawal of their daughter from the school. Under the plan, tuition insurance is required for enrollment at the school; however, if a family chooses to pay their full tuition by July 1, the tuition insurance plan becomes optional for enrollment. The cost of tuition insurance is approximately 2% of a student’s tuition (or that of tuition due following the award of financial aid). Please click here for more detailed information.
Seasonal Boarding is available for local day students. More information on our Seasonal Boarding page.
Transportation is available to and from Durham/Chapel Hill, Cary, and North Raleigh. More detailed information is available on our Transportation page.
*Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year.
Need-Based Financial Aid
Saint Mary’s School is committed to making an exceptional education available to the most talented, motivated applicants, regardless of the family’s financial resources.
The goal of the financial aid program at Saint Mary’s School is two-fold:
- Provide qualified students with an opportunity for an exceptional education that may not be affordable otherwise
- Continue to provide the school with a high-achieving student body that represents a diverse mix of socioeconomic backgrounds
In no way does a family’s financial situation affect an applicant’s chance for admission. Admission decisions are entirely independent of financial aid requests. The Financial Aid Committee will discuss a student only after she has been accepted by the Admission Committee.
"We are so happy to have discovered Saint Mary's for our daughter, Sophia. We are at a loss for words to express our thanks that Saint Mary's works with us to enable Sophia to be part of the community."HENRY & AMY BARSANTI
Saint Mary's School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid, athletic and other policies and programs.