TUITION LOAN AND FINANCING PROGRAMS
These credit-based loans are offered through different options including lending agencies, banks, and schools. They do require that you pay them back with interest over time. Payments can be prearranged for a specific period of time. It is important to note that interest rates for tuition loans tend to be more favorable when compared to most consumer loans.
There's a lot to be said about the long-term return on investment that a boarding school offers — such as the professional, communal, emotional, and spiritual development of the students who start their boarding school journeys as boys, and soon after, embrace their potential and graduate as men.
St. Lawrence Seminary High School understands that parents have both questions and concerns when it comes to being able to afford sending a son to a boarding school for high school. Throughout this page, we reveal the statistics and feature testimonials that help answer the overarching question — what is the actual ROI of a boarding school education?
Life Skills Taught at Boarding School — Education Beyond the Books
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We live in a world where relationships tend to fall short. Boarding schools enrich community by creating a safe place for every student to learn, play, and explore without the fear of judgement.
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— Tyler, St. Lawrence Seminary High School,
Class of 2002
“The most important lesson, I learned from being around so many different cultures, languages, backgrounds, people from different parts of the world. I learned that it truly doesn't matter what color a person's skin is. At St. Lawrence I learned this firsthand by living it. A Vietnamese guy from New Orleans cut my hair. An Indian guy from Saudi Arabia ended up being one of my lifelong friends. A Mexican guy from the south side of Chicago was on my intramural basketball team and today he's the godfather to my daughter. Treating people right regardless of their skin color is an important lesson, and at St. Lawrence it isn't just taught, it's lived.”
"Boarding school is about more than academics."
The SLS Difference
— Joseph Min
St. Lawrence Seminary High School, Class of 2016
“Hard work, attention to detail, and
efficiency are all that is needed
to achieve your goals.”
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St. Lawrence alumni don’t stop being a Son of Calvary because they leave the Hill, and the experiences they have here very clearly guide the steps they take after graduation. Their participation in our spiritual life sows seeds of faith that don’t always fully blossom while on the Hill but very often germinate throughout their lives. The residential program develops our students’ social skills, allowing them to seamlessly integrate into the broader society and even to stand out as men of moral character once they’ve left the Hill. Our co-curricular program lets them explore where their interests truly lie so that they may cultivate and use their talents to the fullest for the good of their communities.
Going beyond the books is fundamental to SLS’s program — it’s at the core of who we are — and it’s responsible for the success of our alumni in their academic, professional, and personal lives beyond the Hill.
Financial Aid Available to Boarding School Students
NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID
This grant based financial aid does not require repayment. The money provided to students for need-based financial aid is sourced from the budget of the school, and the family of the applicant is asked to provide information that explains their need for aid.
PERCENTAGE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO FELT
PREPARED FOR COLLEGE UPON GRADUATION
While professional, personal, and communal development are relatively standard benefits of boarding school, St. Lawrence is unique in its mission to create a spiritual environment where boys become young men of faith. Our mission at St. Lawrence is to provide a safe environment for our students to explore and discern whether or not a life of ministry is God’s will for them. Our mission is supported by encouraging students to serve their communities, engage in spiritual direction, and connect with student mentors.
Boarding school is about more than academics: It’s about students learning their likes and dislikes, becoming their own person, and embracing every attribute. Teachers choose to work at boarding schools because they believe in more than just academic support. Boarding schools foster healthy student-adult relationships that promote mentorship and accountability. After all, it’s hard to miss a student’s full potential when you see him in the classroom, on the field, and in the dining hall.
“The most important lesson I learned from being around so many different cultures, languages, backgrounds, and people from different parts of the world is that it truly doesn't matter what color a person's skin is.”
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How Boarding Schools Prepare College-Ready Students
The Spiritual Direction Program is integral to the development of SLS students during their time on the Hill. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are asked to choose a director from one of the many available on campus. Freshmen who desire to have a spiritual director may do so on a voluntary basis. Students meet with their director at least once a quarter, although they are encouraged to meet more often, and many often do.
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St. Lawrence was founded over 150 years ago by two Swiss diocesan priests, Fr. Francis Haas and Fr. Bonaventure Frey. Today, St. Lawrence has grown from a tiny institution with only a few students to a thriving school with over 200 students. Boys from across the country and world come to be a part of the strong, proud tradition of St. Lawrence. Together, they form a group of individuals who embrace St. Lawrence’s mission to graduate its students with a residential college preparatory education while nurturing mature, well-rounded men of faith, who prepare for a life of ministry in a variety of ways.
“Through the values taught at St. Lawrence, I learned how to truly grow, from being a boy, to becoming a man. It showed me that a man sacrifices for others, in the name of God,
“Overall, my favorite memories involve the time spent with my friends and also with so many wonderful mentors … they all know who they are.”
— John, St. Lawrence Seminary High School,
Class of 1994
“As I reflect on my journey of spirituality, there is no question that there was a tremendous amount of growth during my SLS years. I learned the values of compassion, kindness, love, charity, service, and forgiveness at home and at my home parish before I got to SLS. However, St. Lawrence’s focus on spiritual growth helped reinforce those values at an important time of development in my life. As an adult, I have accepted the calling of serving others, professionally, in my community, and in my family. The rich opportunities to develop and expand my spirituality at SLS helped form who I am today.”
“Through the values taught at St. Lawrence, I learned how to truly grow, from being a boy, to becoming a man. It showed me that a man sacrifices for others, in the name of God, not himself. St. Lawrence taught me these sacrifices through work crews, public ministry, and service to those in need. It instilled the values of proper respect for life, for your brother, and most importantly, for God.”
Boarding Schools Aren’t Always as Expensive As They Seem
“St. Lawrence will always have a special place in my heart, not merely as my alma mater but also as a wonderful institution that rises above its academic purposes and teaches its students the proper and respectful way to interact.”
A Long History that Supports the Growth of Men
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Merit scholarships are based on the accomplishments of the student, which can include achievements related to the arts, sports, and academics. Although these types of scholarships do not have a requirement for repayment, they are extremely competitive.
WHAT YOU'LL READ
Living on campus empowers students to take ownership of their independence and responsibilities by promoting the importance of learning life skills. No one is around to do their laundry, clean their room, or monitor their budget — it’s up to the students to rise to the challenge — but that doesn’t mean they’re made to do this alone.
The average annual boarding school tuition is about $38k. However, it’s important to note that every school is different. Some schools are able to charge as low as $10,000 while others can accumulate up to $60,000 annually. The secret to affording boarding school is understanding the financial aid and payment programs that are available and then putting the remaining figure into perspective by understanding the cost breakdown.
"The secret to affording boarding school is understanding the financial aid and payment programs that are available."
A well-rounded education is the result of a series of steps. Every academic year leads into another in hopes that the students will ultimately be college-ready by the time they graduate high school. While a traditional high school setting may be the most popular choice, it doesn’t always yield the highest test scores.
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— Andrew Wellhouse
St. Lawrence Seminary High School, Class of 2000
Contrary to popular belief, boarding schools are not about fitting a certain image. Instead, they are about cultivating a community that celebrates diversity and builds relationships that last beyond the classroom. By living in close proximity to one another, students learn a new form of respect — one that accepts one another for who they are and encourages the discussion of diverse worldviews.
FINANCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT
How Boarding Schools Foster a Sense of Brotherhood
St. Lawrence encourages a tight-knit community of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors by creating diverse fraternities around campus. What makes these fraternities so special is that each freshman is sponsored by a senior mentor. Senior sponsors join their freshmen counterparts in chapel, liturgical ministries for mass, meals and many social events. This “mentorship” is meant to help freshman students become comfortable at St. Lawrence during an exciting transition period.
"Boarding schools enrich community."
— John, St. Lawrence Seminary High School,
Class of 1994
ST. LAWRENCE SEMINARY HIGH SCHOOL
PERCENTAGE OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO WENT
ON TO PURSUE A HIGHER DEGREE
THE BOARDING SCHOOL
TUITION PAYMENT PROGRAMS
Many lending agencies offer tuition payment programs that are able to help families afford the expenses of boarding school. These programs make it easier for families and individuals to manage tuition costs over the course of an academic year by amortizing tuition bills in a more manageable way. The installments generally tend to be interest free, however, every school varies and some may require enrollment fees, so it’s important to check with every financial aid office.
A Closer Look at the Long-term
Return on Investment of Boarding School
"Through ministry to others, St. Lawrence students build relationships, share gifts, learn new skills, and above all, live out the gospel invitation to serve others."