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 percent of students who currently attend OCA receive some level of financial 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 a 50% reduction in base tuition via our Continuing Catholic Education tuition rate. 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
2020-2021 School Year
CCE Annual Tuition Rate
FINANCIAL AID PROCESS
SET UP A FACTS ACCOUNT
Visit the FACTS website and set up an account
COMPLETE THE FACTS FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION
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 feeof $35.00 per household. FACTS accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Master Card,American Express, Discover).
CONTINUING CATHOLIC EDUCATION REDUCED TUITION (CCE)
This program 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 OCA IN FALL 2020:
To qualify for the 50% tuition rate, students entering 9th grade at Ozark Catholic must have graduated from 8th grade at a Catholic school. Students entering grades 10-12 must be transferring into the area from a Catholic school.
STUDENTS ENTERING IN FALL 2021 AND AFTER:
To qualify for the 50% tuition rate, students entering 9th grade must have graduated from 8th grade at a Catholic school and must have attended Catholic school continuously for grades 5 through 8. Students entering grades 10-12 must be transferring into the area from a Catholic school and must have been continually enrolled in Catholic school since 5th grade.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I HOPE TO ATTEND OCA NEXT YEAR. DO I QUALIFY FOR CCE TUITION?
For incoming OCA students, the student must be currently enrolled in a Catholic school as of February 21, 2020 and complete the school year to be eligible to receive the CCE Tuition offered at OCA in the school year 2020-21.
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.
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 ALREADY RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID TO ATTEND OCA, WILL CCE TUITION BE IN ADDITION
TO MY CURRENT FINANCIAL AID?
No. CCE Tuition will cover 50% of tuition and if eligible for more than 50%, the remainder may 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.
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.
A recent tax bill 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 school and receive the same tax benefits available for higher 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.