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School freezes tuition to help financially strapped families

March 10, 2009

St. Thomas More High School officials are freezing tuition for the first time in history in an effort to alleviate financial hardships on families while boosting enrollment.

"We want to be mindful that this is a tough time for families," said STMHS President Robert Pauly.

On average, the school has increased tuition rates between 3 to 6 percent annually, he said. But for the past few years, rates have jumped by 4 to 12 percent, he said.

For the 2009-10 school year, tuition will remain steady at $7,850 per year.

Pauly said the school wants to help parents afford a "top-notch education" for their children.

He said officials are anticipating enrollment to grow.

In addition to its pre-engineering program, the high school will also offer a pre-medical curriculum for those interested in going into the medical field.

"We're going to become a destination school, which will lead to higher enrollment," he said.

Eventually, Pauly said officials would like to capture an enrollment of between 500 and 600 students.

- Chantel Balzell,

Staff Writer

By the Numbers

Here's a look at St. Thomas More High School enrollment:

392 students were enrolled for the 2006-07 school year

430 students attended the high school in 2007-08

437 pupils enrolled for the 2008-09 school year

465 students projected in 2009-10

490 to 500 pupils anticipated in 2010-11

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