parent Commitment program

The Parent Commitment Program exists because each year there is a difference between what each family pays for their student to attend Saint Ignatius College Prep and what it actually costs the school to educate that one student. Annually the cost of educating a student at Saint Ignatius is over 4,000 dollars more than tuition charged. We ask  parents to make a commitment of at least $2,000 dollars to help close the gap. Based on our current enrollment of over 1,365 students, that means at least $3 million needs to be raised to cover the necessary school expenses that fall into that gap each year. So much of what we do on a daily basis for your children would not be possible without the support received from our parents. Below, you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Parent Commitment Program.


What is the Parent Commitment?

A parent commitment is a contribution over and above tuition and fees, asked of all Saint Ignatius College Prep parents each year to help cover the annual deficit (i.e. annual operating expenses).

Why does the school ask current parents to help make up this difference?

We ask current parents to be primarily responsible for the costs of annual operating expenses since their children are the primary beneficiaries of all the school’s programs. We also recognize and celebrate the socioeconomic diversity of the Saint Ignatius College Prep community and, as a result, we make an effort to keep tuition affordable for as many families as possible. To the extent possible, generous parental support over and above the cost of tuition allows the school to pay for normal, educational operating expenses.

What exactly does Saint Ignatius College Prep expect from parents in the program?

We are asking that half of your commitment be in by November 15, 2018 and the remaining balance be paid by March 15, 2019.

How do I meet the commitment?

You can meet your commitment in several different ways:

  • Make an outright gift to the school. We accept cash, checks, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) as well as gifts of stock. Please note that gifts of goods and services will NOT be credited to your commitment since cash is required to balance the school budget. However, gifts of this sort are listed in your family’s gift record and are gratefully received.
Do matching gifts count?

Matching gift companies prohibit us from using matching gift checks to pay off personal commitments. However, matching gifts received will be credited to your giving and will be reflected in the school's Annual Report. If your employer will match your gift, a matching gift form must be filled in and signed by the donor.

How do I know when my commitment is complete?

We will update you on the balance of your commitment after any monetary gift is made or after credit is applied in another way.  You may also check your Giving History for the status of your commitment and any payments.

Can I pay my commitment online?

Yes! If you have a commitment on file, you may make payments online by clicking here.

Please note that your registration for the school year is not complete until we receive your commitment form.

If you have any further questions about the Parent Commitment Program, contact Gia DeCarlo (312) 432-8434 or



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