Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (T.R.I.P.)

After countless years and tuition dollars earned, the St. Ann School TRIP Program will be coming to an end.  The last order will be placed on Monday, March 22 so that credits may be applied to final tuition payments.  Thank you for your support!

Coordinators: Judy Rogala (708-895-3836, cell 708-227-3852) and Denise Johnson

Order Form

Registration Form

T.R.I.P. is essentially a personal fundraising program that doesn’t require you to sell anything or purchase items you really don’t need.  Instead, you buy gift cards and certificates through St. Ann School for the places you already patronize:  grocery stores, retail establishments, gas stations and other service providers, and restaurants.  The cards work the same as cash and can be used to make purchases and, in some cases, pay off store credit cards.  (Please refer to the order form for specific information on each store or restaurant).  The school is able to purchase the cards at a discount, you pay face value for them, and the difference is deposited in your T.R.I.P account–which then goes toward your tuition payments.

How do I order T.R.I.P. Certificates?  A new blue registration form must be completed each year by every school family (regardless of previous participation).  Orders are processed every Monday morning, and ready for distribution on Thursday.  The blue form can be turned in with your first order.  Once you register and place an order, you will then receive your permanent T.R.I.P. envelope, which should be used every week when you order.  Simply fill in the number of certificates and dollar amount you need for each store and total your order.  Please check the accuracy of your order.  Exchanges or refunds cannot be made–all sales are final.  Payment can be made by cash or check payable to St. Ann School T.R.I.P.  There will be a $20.00 service charge on any returned checks.

Should you forget to send your order in with your child on a given Monday, it must be in the T.R.I.P. office no later than 9:00 a.m. to be processed for the week.  We do not place orders on weeks when there is a Monday holiday.

You may choose to have your order sent home with your child or held for pick-up.  If the certificates are to go home with a student, the disclaimer on the registration form under Part D must be signed and on file with us.  This disclaimer will be valid until we receive written notice from you that you no longer want certificates to be sent home with your child. If a disclaimer is not signed, your certificates will be held for pick-up at the School Office.

T.R.I.P. orders will be distributed every Thursday prior to dismissal.  Any order marked “HOLD” will be available for pick-up after 2:30 p.m. at the School Office.  When you receive your T.R.I.P order, please verify the contents of the envelope with your order immediately.  This will help us track any problems that could possibly occur.  Problems should be directed to Denise Johnson.  Failure to do so in a timely manner only makes a problem harder to track.  These certificates are just like cash.  Neither St. Ann School nor the T.R.I.P. Program can accept responsibility for lost or misplaced certificates.

When placing an order, please help us process your order as quickly as possible by:

  • Always using the correct envelope and order form.  The school office has extra order forms if you need them.
  • Completing all information, including your child’s teacher and grade, your telephone number, and your check number.
  • Filling in both the number of certificates needed and the dollar amounts, and making sure your total order matches your payment.
  • Remembering to check Hold for Pick-Up or Send with Student.  If one of these is not checked, it will be held for pick-up.  No exceptions!

From time to time we have experienced backorders with our suppliers, particularly around the holidays. In most cases, we will have the certificates by the next week’s pick-up date. If part of your order is a backorder, you will be notified of the type of certificate, and the dollar amount. Your backorder will then be processed as it was originally stated (pick-up or send with child), and sent with any new order.

There is no limit to the number of certificates you can buy each week.  The more certificates you purchase, the lower your tuition payment will be.  You do not have to place an order every week.  You can order as often as suits your shopping and dining needs.

Remember to ask your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to buy certificates through you, just as you would ask for their support on other fundraisers.  If you include their order with yours, they will not need to complete a Registration Form.  You would simply indicate their order on your order form.  Their payment can be made just like yours, either in the form of cash or a check made payable to St. Ann T.R.I.P.  In other words, a single order may include multiple checks from different parties or a combination of cash and checks.

Credit earned through T.R.I.P. will be applied to your tuition account on September 1st, January 1st, and April 1st.  Any credits earned after March 1st will be credited on your contract for the following school year.  You may opt for an annual credit, which will be applied to your contract in a lump sum at registration for the next school year.  Any amounts exceeding your current tuition balance will be held over until the following school year.  You must stay current with your tuition payment or late fees will apply.

Credit balances of families leaving St. Ann School for any reason (including graduation of last child in school, moving or transferring schools) will be deposited in the St. Ann School Tuition Assistance Fund, or can be designated to another family of their choosing.  No refunds will be made!

Friends of St. Ann School can participate in the program by purchasing certificates and crediting the account of a particular family, or funds can be directed to the St. Ann School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Parents looking to the future and planning for the Catholic education of their child/children/grandchildren at St. Ann’s can also participate.  Credits earned will be held by St. Ann School and will be applied as a tuition credit when the child is enrolled at St. Ann.  If the child does not end up enrolling in St. Ann School, the credit earned will be put into the St. Ann School Tuition Assistance Fund.

Should you find yourself needing T.R.I.P. certificates on a non-ordering week, or you realize you forgot to order something, the St. Ann Parish Office now carries an inventory of our most popular offerings, including local groceries, gas, entertainment and retailers.  You can purchase these on a cash and carry basis, and the credits will still be applied to your account.  Call the Parish Office for availability:  708-895-6700.

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