When you enroll your child in a Catholic school, you are making a huge investment in your young learner’s education well beyond the classroom. Our environment, based on faith and high standards, is rich in tradition, and while the programs do generate necessary expenses, the academic and spiritual results are invaluable.
So over the years, after working with countless families, [link page: Welcome to the Family] we have compiled some cost-effective tools that will allow you to save money when back-to-school time returns.
We believe that a faith-based education should be available to everyone regardless of socioeconomic status. And because of this, we offer tuition assistance through local schools, so feel free to discuss this with the school administrator and be sure to complete the school’s aid application. You will also want to research what local scholarships may be available to help supplement the fees (check with your town hall and civic organizations).
In addition, depending on certain criteria, you may be eligible for an educational savings account when your child is enrolled in a tuition-funded school. Click here for information on the Coverdell ESA.
One of the greatest benefits of the uniform requirement is the money you save on school clothes. You don’t have to worry about spending way too much money on the “cool” brand of sneakers or jeans for your child who is only going to outgrow them in a year. You also don’t have to have the “discussion” every morning about what is and what is not appropriate clothing for school — making mornings all that much easier.
Another great benefit is there are plenty of places where you can save money when buying the uniforms. Sites like Amazon and Uniform Consignment offer discounts on uniform pieces, both new and gently worn. Schools and parishes have uniform drives/swaps, and don’t ever underestimate the value of hand-me-downs.
Other Money-Saving Tips
First, brown-bag it. The lunch offered at school is nutritious and delicious, but nothing is as good as lunch made by Mom’s loving touch. Even if you send your child off to school with a packed lunch a few days a week, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll save.
Second, visit the dollar-store. The dollar store is the teacher’s secret weapon for being well-stocked up on school supplies. There you can find reams of paper, pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, you name it— and all for much less than you would find them at an office supply or big box store.
Last, not but least, carpool. Not only does sharing a ride (to school, events, etc.) save you money, it promotes companionship and helps out the other members of our community. It’s also great for our planet’s atmosphere (acting globally).The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford know that in this economy, choosing a tuition-funded school is not an easy decision. But then, we know how much you value your child’s best interests, including education. So we thank you, because when you become part of our family, you are not only investing in your child’s future, but also in society’s.