Tuition Assistance and Financial Aid

St. Martin’s School and the Archdiocese of Washington work hard to keep Catholic education as affordable as possible. For families who are in need of assistance with the cost of tuition, financial aid may be available from the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW) and St. Martin’s parish. Financial aid is funded through a variety of sources such as ADW’s Annual Appeal, Sunday Mass collections, the school Endowment Fund, and various individual foundations. Tuition assistance is based on financial need. Families must apply each year to receive assistance and need must be demonstrated each year by submitting income and tax records. 

Applying for Financial Aid

Families must apply first to the ADW for financial assistance in order to be also considered for St. Martin’s need-based tuition assistance program. The ADW uses TADS, a third party provider who evaluates the financial data of families in an impartial manner to allow a fair distribution of funds. The application form, specific dates and deadlines will be published at Archdiocese Tuition Assistance Program by mid-September. Applications are available in the beginning of October and must be completed by the beginning of December for current school families and mid-February for new families. Families usually hear from the ADW regarding their request for assistance by the end of April.

St. Martin’s parish uses the same information from TADS for making their financial aid awards—so no additional application is needed. Families are usually notified in early May about tuition assistance from St. Martin’s. For families that apply for admissions after February, limited financial aid may be available from St. Martin's parish if any assistance funds are still undistributed. Fees such as registration, books, hot lunch, lunch drinks are not covered by financial aid.

Any family who receives financial assistance for the current year from either the ADW or Parish/School must fill out the AWD financial aid application in order to be eligible to receive any financial assistance for next year.

For more information on ADW financial assistance, please contact the Assistant Director for Funding and Educational Resources at or call 301-853-5356.

For more information about financial aid through St. Martin’s School, please contact our school office at

BOOST-Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today Program

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price lunch program to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.

Click on the link below for the details and benefits.

Maryland 529 Plan

On December 22, 2017, Congress passed a new tax reform measure which resulted in an expansion of the 529 college savings plans to save for future education costs. Qualified higher education expenses have been expanded to include K-12 tuition. You are now permitted to take 529 college savings plan distributions of up to $10,000 per beneficiary per year for tuition at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school. Click on the link below for the details and benefits.