AFFORDING AN OCA EDUCATION

 

Ozark Catholic Academy is committed to making a quality, faith-based education accessible to all qualified students — regardless of financial means. More than 40% of students who currently attend OCA receive some level of support.  OCA offers a competitive base tuition and opportunities for financial aid grants.  Families that have made a commitment to continuing Catholic education for their children by attending and graduating from 8th grade at a Catholic school, may be eligible for the Continuing Catholic Education tuition tier.   See below for details and qualification criteria. All students are eligible to apply for financial aid. OCA uses FACTS for financial aid application processing. We offer all incoming families training to help them complete these applications.  Follow our financial aid application process below.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Thanks to a generous donor, tuition and fees will remain the same through the 2024-25 school year.

TUITION

$9750​

Annual Tuition*

$4875

CCE Annual Tuition*

*Financial aid percentage reduction applies for qualifying families

MANDATORY
FEES

$150

Annual Enrollment Fee

$1200

Annual Education Fee

Mandatory fees are not subject to a financial aid reduction.

OPTIONAL
FEES

$750

Leadership Trip*

$450

Daily Transportation*

$100/Sport

Athletic Sports*

$25/Club*

*Financial aid percentage reduction applies for qualifying families

 
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FINANCIAL AID PROCESS

SET UP A FACTS ACCOUNT

Visit the FACTS website and set up an account

COMPLETE THE FACTS FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION- APPLICATION OPENS JANUARY 6, 2021

Depending on your application some or all of the following documents may be required:

  • Copy of U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, supporting schedules, and business returns.

  • Copies of W-2 Wage and Tax Statements.

  • Copies of supporting documentation for household nontaxable Income.

SUBMIT THE FACTS APPLICATION FEE

FACTS charges an estimated one-time non-refundable application fee of $35.00 per household. FACTS accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover).

Deadline: February 5, 2021

 

CONTINUING CATHOLIC EDUCATION REDUCED TUITION (CCE)

This donor-sponsored program, announced in February 2020, offers a 50% tuition rate for families who have committed to Catholic education.


See below for qualifying criteria and answers to frequently asked questions.

STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2021:

To qualify for the CCE Tuition tier, students entering 9th grade must have graduated from 8th grade at a Catholic school and must have attended Catholic school for their entire 8th grade.  
Students entering grades 10-12 must be transferring into the area from a Catholic school and must have completed 8th grade at a Catholic school.

STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2022 AND AFTER:

To qualify for the CCE Tuition tier, students entering 9th grade must have graduated from 8th grade at a Catholic school and must have attended Catholic school for their entire 7th and 8th grades*.  Students entering grades 10-12 must be transferring into the area from a Catholic school and must have completed 8th grade at a Catholic school.

* For Fall 2023, requirement is 6th-8th grades.  For Fall of 2024 and beyond the requirement is 5th-8th grades.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW WERE THE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA DETERMINED?

The donating family sets the qualification criteria. The continuance of Catholic education is of the utmost
importance to the donor family funding this program. Their desire is to encourage families to continue to choose Catholic education from elementary to secondary education by helping assist with the cost of tuition.

I HOPE TO ATTEND OCA NEXT YEAR. DO I QUALIFY FOR CCE TUITION?

If you attended a Catholic school all of your 8th-grade year, you are eligible for the CCE Tuition rate.  For 10th-12th graders, you must have attended Catholic high school for all of your prior high school career and attended a Catholic school for all of the 8th grade.

WILL OCA STILL OFFER FINANCIAL AID?

Yes. OCA will still set aside financial aid dollars for both the CCE Tuition and the Full Tuition rates. Financial aid is available to all students based on need.

IF I RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID TO ATTEND OCA, AND ALSO QUALIFY FOR THE CCE TUITION TIER, WILL I QUALIFY FOR ADDITIONAL REDUCTION?

Possibly.  CCE Tuition will cover 50% of tuition and if you qualify through financial aid for more than 50%, the balance will be covered under financial aid. For example, if a student currently receives 60% financial aid, 50% will come from CCE and the remaining 10% will come from financial aid.

DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION TO RECEIVE THE CCE TUITION RATE?

No. The CCE Tuition rate is not considered financial aid.  The CCE Tuition rate is solely dependent on where your student continuously attended 5th-8th grade

MY CHILD ATTENDED A CATHOLIC SCHOOL K-8 AND THEN WENT TO A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR 9TH GRADE.  DO THEY QUALIFY FOR THE CCE TUITION RATE?

No.  The CCE qualifying criteria require that the student continuously attend Catholic school without breaking between Junior high and Senior high school.

MY OLDEST CHILD CURRENTLY ATTENDS PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND MY YOUNGEST CHILD IS IN 7TH GRADE AT A CATHOLIC SCHOOL.  DOES MY 7TH GRADER QUALIFY FOR THE CCE TUITION RATE?

Yes.  Qualification for the CCE Tuition rate is based on the student, not the family.

 

Did you know that as of 2018 families can use their 529 savings plans to pay for private K-12 education without penalty? Contact your 529 plan advisor for details.

The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 includes a new provision for families who pay private school tuition. The 529 plan, which is an educational savings plan parents contribute to with after-tax dollars (allowing your money to grow free of any capital gains taxes when used for higher education expenses), has been expanded.  Under the new tax bill, families will be able to withdraw $10,000 each year (per child) to pay for private or religious K-12 education. We encourage our families to discuss the 529 plan strategy with your tax professional to see if there is a tax benefit for you.

 

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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1240

Tontitown, AR  72770

Physical Address
192 E. Henri de Tonti Blvd.
Springdale, AR 72762

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