St. Mary Catholic Central High School is a regional Catholic high school, sponsored by the Monroe Vicariate, dedicated to preparing young men and women in grades 9-12 for success in college and life. At SMCC, we seek to serve students within a wide scope of academic abilities and from families with a broad range of economic backgrounds.
Financing a SMCC Education
At SMCC, we are dedicated to providing a Catholic education to anyone that wishes to take advantage of it. Thanks to the generosity of our over 12,000 alumni, parents and friends, SMCC is able partner with our families to make tuition affordable and create a payment schedule that fits their needs.
Tuition Payment Plans: Four Options
- Full tuition balance: Families can pay their full balance, after any qualified financial or merit based aid and any alumni or sibling discounts are applied, by July 1 and receive $400 off their balance as an incentive to pay their bill in full prior to the start of the fiscal year.
- Flexible Monthly/Quarterly Payment plan: Automatic bank drafts from bank accounts can be established by signing a Tuition Covenant Agreement and submitting an accepted payment plan structure to the school's Business Office. Tuition Covenant Agreements must be on file by July 1 or immediately following registration, if this occurs after July 1, for a student's enrollment to be considered complete.
- Short term loan: A loan may be taken out through Monroe Bank & Trust (any branch) or SallieMae. MB&T's loans are payable over ten months with the first payment due in July. SallieMae loan payments may be spread out over one to 20 years.
- Special Circumstances: SMCC also works with families whose ability to pay does not fit with one of the three plan options. An example is of this is a modified monthly payment plan with some money down, a balloon payment, and a lower monthly payment.
Tuition is payable by check, money order or cash. Payment by MasterCard Visa or American Express is also accepted - a convenience fee of 2.5% will be added to any credit card transaction. For questions regarding tuition, contact Mrs. Cheri Riggs, Business Manager, at (734) 241-7622 x 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families may earn tuition credits by purchasing gift certificates to use, in the form of cash, at local and national retailers, restaurants, and gas stations through the SCRIP program. For more information, please contact the School Office at (734) 241-7622.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
SMCC offers scholarship opportunities based on financial need as well as academic excellence, service to others, leadership, musical talent, Catholic school employment by parents and family legacy.
SMCC is blessed by the generosity of alumni, the community of Monroe, faculty, staff and students. Numerous named and endowed scholarship funds have been created for the benefit of SMCC students. These scholarships have been established through the SMCC Advancement Office by individuals, families and foundations. Many of these scholarships are named in honor or in memory of a loved one. Assignment of a named scholarship is determined during the financial aid application cycle. Submission of a need-based application form is required for all scholarships.
NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID
St. Mary Catholic Central High School awards financial assistance to over 60% of its students. Need-based financial aid is awarded to families who qualify for aid based on their FACTS Management application. The FACTS application is available online for the following fiscal year at the beginning of November with a deadline of mid-December for returning or early inquiring families. A financial aid committee administers the awarding of these grants. Incoming freshman or transfer families who apply by the mid December deadline are informed of any need-based aid awards by early March, prior to enrollment.
SMCC provides tuition assistance and discounts totaling over $1 million to over 60% of our current families. This figure includes funds from the Archdiocese of Detroit, SMCC Endowments & Trusts, and others. Need-based tuition assistance packages ranged from $500 to 70% of tuition.
For further questions please contact Mrs. Cheri Riggs at (734) 241-7622 or email@example.com.
ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT STEWARDSHIP GRANT
A $500 per student scholarship is available from the Archdiocese of Detroit to members of a parish in the Archdiocese. A separate application form for Archdiocesan grants is made available in the early spring each year. This grant does not have to be repaid and is applied directly to the tuition balance.
SMCC ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
SMCC awards academic scholarships based on an incoming freshmen’s scores on the High School Placement Test administered during November and December of the student’s 8th grade year. A need-based application does not have to be submitted to be eligible for this award. Students who scoring above the 80th percentile in the composite national average are eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $500 up to $2500 each year. These academic scholarships are renewable each year while he/she is enrolled at SMCC if the student meets certain academic and character standards.
LUELLA AMOLSCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is offered to any student from St. Michael Parish of Monroe who will continue their Catholic education at SMCC. The amount varies between $200 and up to 75% of tuition costs depending on need and availability.
REV. TERRENCE KERNER CATHOLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP
These scholarships are awarded to a student whose parent or parents are currently employed at SMCC. The amount of the scholarship ranges from 20% to 80% of tuition based on the number of years of service to SMCC. A $500 Kerner Scholarship is also available to students of a parent who is employed by any Monroe Vicariate grade school.
This scholarship was created by the Weipert Family who share a love for music. It offers a $1,000 scholarship to an incoming freshman who will participate for a full school year in one of our music programs. It also offers three $500 scholarships to currents SMCC students who share a devotion to music.
SMCC LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
These $500 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who are children of alumni from SMCC, St. Mary Academy or Monroe Central Catholic High School. Students or their parents must submit a request for consideration. Winners are chose by lottery and the submission of a need-based aid application form is not required.