Tuition & Financial Aid
2017-18 Tuition and Fees
Ursuline Academy of Dallas tuition for the 2017-18 school year totals $20,950.
- A non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit, payable at time of registration, is applied to the tuition amount.
- A $50 Parent Activity fee (all students) is due at the time of registration.
- A $450 Laptop Insurance/Software fee (Freshman students only) is also due at the time of registration.
Laptop Purchase Program
All new students are required to purchase a laptop computer through Ursuline Academy's laptop purchase program. Laptop package costs, including software, 4-year upgraded warranty, on-site maintenance, custom load, hot spares, bag and wireless network, totaled $2,600 for the 2016-17 school year. The cost of the laptop package is not considered in financial assistance decisions. Learn more about Ursuline Academy's 1:1 laptop program in the Technology section of this website.
- Overview & Eligibility
- How to Apply (Due January 12, 2018)
- Notification (March 9, 2018)
- Education Loans
- Merit Scholarships
The Ursuline Academy of Dallas Financial Assistance Program offers assistance to students in need of financial support. In 2016-2017, the Academy granted approximately $1,233,000 in financial assistance and merit awards to 217 students, representing approximately 26% of the student body.
Admission to Ursuline and awarding of Financial Assistance are two separate decisions. If a student is accepted, Ursuline then determines the student's need, the family's ability to pay, and the availability of financial assistance funds. When a student demonstrates need, it is the intent of this program to share the cost of education with the student and her family.
To be eligible for assistance, a family/student must demonstrate financial need, meet the entrance requirements of the Academy, and be current with all financial obligations due.
Every effort will be made to award some tuition support to eligible candidates. Students may be eligible for a grant each of their four years at Ursuline; however, the students must apply each year. Awards are not automatically renewed.
Ursuline uses the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, a third-party organization which analyzes the financial situation of applicants based on a number of factors. Families applying for financial assistance must submit their FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment online.
January 12, 2018, is the deadline for submitting the completed FACTS Grant & Aid application form, fee, and a complete, executed copy of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return directly to FACTS. The Tax Return must include all tax schedules and copies of your W-2 forms. Your application will not be considered until all information is received.
Decisions regarding financial assistance will be mailed on March 10, 2017 to families that have submitted ALL required documentation. If the application remains pending due to an outstanding tax return, the family will be notified in a timely manner by FACTS.
If you do not receive a notification letter, contact Connie Lovejoy in the Finance Office to check on the status of your application.
The following academic scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and are not based on financial need. Candidates are awarded academic scholarships based on entrance exam scores and admission files. These scholarships are renewable each year based on current academic performance, disciplinary record, and achievement. A minimum 3.8 grade point average is required. No separate application is needed – the Scholarship Committee considers all accepted students. Award letters are mailed to selected candidates with their Ursuline acceptance letters.
President’s Scholarship - $4,000
Gretchen Kane, President, is a graduate of the University of New Orleans where she earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics. She has served as President of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, and in various administrative positions including Associate Vice President of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association in Washington, D.C. and Academic Assistant Principal of Jesuit High School in New Orleans.
Principal’s Scholarship - $3,000
Andrea Shurley, Principal, came to Ursuline with 11 years of teaching and administrative experience with the Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, California. She received her BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, earned her MA in English from Texas State University-San Marcos, and is currently nearing completion of her Doctorate of Education in Catholic Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Prior to her work in education, she had a five-year career in the technology field.
Sister Kathleen Barnes, OSU, Math Scholarship - $2,000
Sr. Kathleen, Graduate of ’38, is a former teacher and principal of Ursuline Academy of Dallas. She has served in various levels of education in Dallas, St. Louis, Galveston, and Springfield, IL. The most recent years have been dedicated to parish ministry with Hispanic immigrants in Galveston and Dallas.
Sister Mary Troy, OSU, English Scholarship - $2,000
Sr. Mary, Graduate of ’51 and former principal of Ursuline Academy of Dallas, has served generously as teacher and administrator in New Orleans, Dallas, San Antonio, and Springfield, IL and at the Province level.
Sister Dolores Marie Ramsey, OSU, Promising Writer’s Scholarship - $2,000
Sr. Dolores Marie, Graduate of ’32, Ursuline Academy of Springfield, IL, was a former principal of Ursuline Academy of Dallas and life-long poet. She distinguished herself in her many years of service in various positions in the Ursuline Community in Dallas, Laredo, and Springfield, IL. Ursuline alumnae and friends worked together to establish this endowed scholarship in her honor in 2003. Award is based on financial need as well as outstanding writing ability.
Sister Catherine Chandler, OSU, Service Award - $2,000
Sr. Catherine, Graduate of ’36 and former president, principal, and prioress of Ursuline, is always ready to serve in whatever capacity that is needed. Sr. Catherine has distinguished herself as teacher, tutor, and administrator.
Sister Marie Staats, OSU, World Language Scholarship - $2,000
Valedictorian of Class of 1917, Sr. Marie distinguished herself in her service to the Ursuline Family in Texas and Mexico. Her sharp mind and wit endeared her to all until her death at age 102.
Father Jack Deeves, SJ, Science Scholarship - $2,000
Fr. Deeves endeared himself to the entire Ursuline Community. As teacher and priest his love and respect for students, their families, and teachers was evidenced in his untiring service to all. In June 2003, the Ursuline community began an effort to endow this scholarship in honor of Fr. Deeves. When the scholarship is fully endowed, it will be awarded to students based on both financial need and academic interest in science.
The Leadership Scholarship recognizes an incoming ninth grade student who exemplifies a true spirit of leadership and service. The scholarship is for one year (ninth grade only) and is a joint venture of the student’s parish and Ursuline Academy. The parish nominates a current eighth grade student and contributes $500 that is matched by Ursuline Academy for a total scholarship of $1,000. For more information, please consult your parish office.
- How are financial assistance decisions made?
- How am I assured that my application is handled in a confidential manner?
- What is the maximum amount of financial assistance awarded?
- If my family's financial situation changes during the year, can I apply for financial assistance, or do I have to wait for the following year?
- If parents are divorced or separated, do both parents need to apply for financial assistance?
- When is the financial assistance award applied to my account?
- Are financial assistance awards automatically renewed annually?
- What if my tax return does not agree with the information provided to FACTS?
Once all required documentation is submitted to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, including the current year Federal Income Tax Return, the Chief Financial Officer will prepare recommendations to the Finance Committee members. Recommendations are based on the report from FACTS, tax return, and amount of funds available that year for financial support.
The amount of financial aid awarded varies from year to year. The annual proceeds from the Mardi Gras Ball comprise the largest contribution to the scholarship fund. An amount is calculated on the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment for the family contribution. This amount is deducted from the tuition obligation and a percentage of need is applied. The total amount of funds available and the total number of students applying determine the percentage. Historically, the Academy has been able to provide 50% of financial need.