Tuition is invoiced and paid using the Smart Tuition website. Payment due dates are on the 1st of the month and late payments are subject to a $55 late fee, which is collected by Smart Tuition. Tuition, Advanced Placement fees, Visual Arts fees and graduation fees are posted to Smart Tuition. If you have any questions about your account please contact Smart Tuition at 888-868-8828. Other questions can be directed to Erica Pothier or Susan Krus in the Business Office at 713-864-6348.
Books are purchased new or used from MBSDirect for approximately $250-$750 yearly.
Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded annually to the top performing students in each grade level at St. Thomas High School. For incoming freshmen, merit scholarships are awarded for the first year based on a student's score(s) on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or ISEE Test. In following years, these academic scholarships are based on academic standing, attendance and discipline. Click here for information about our Academic Scholarship Program.
In addition, the Basilian Fathers at St. Thomas High School may award one scholarship to a qualified top student at each of the 12 archdiocesan designated inner-city Catholic schools listed below. Click here for information about the Basilian Fathers Scholarship for Inner-City Catholic Schools.
Assumption Catholic School
Holy Ghost School
Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School
Queen of Peace School
St. Augustine School
St. Christopher School
St. Francis of Assisi School
St. Peter the Apostle School
St. Pius V School
Our Lady of Fatima – Galena Park
The George Clifford and Mary Theresa Gabel Scholarship was created to allow students with exceptional academic potential but limited financial means to fulfill the dream of an outstanding education. The scholarship is valued at 80% of the yearly tuition per year. Typically, two incoming freshmen are named Gabel Scholars every year. Click here for information about the Gabel Scholarship.
- Online Bookstore – MBS Direct All required digital and print textbooks are sold through our online Virtual Bookstore, operated by MBS Direct. We use a "Shop by Schedule" system (previously called FastPass) which will use your course schedule to select books for you. Click here to view the instructions for purchasing your books online using Shop by Schedule. All sales will be handled through MBSDirect. Books for summer reading are available to purchase on the Virtual Bookstore now. The Virtual Bookstore will be open on July 17 to sell books for the 2017-2018 school year. The MBSDirect customer service phone number is 800-325-3252.
- EBOOKS Many of our textbooks are eBooks for use on the Windows tablets which will not need to be purchased before the beginning of school or before you have received your school issued tablet. These books will mostly be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore, however some content will be made available through the teachers of specific courses or through other channels. You will receive instructions from STH for how to access your eBooks.
- Outside Sources If you choose to purchase books from another source other than our official online bookstore, you must match the ISBN# to ensure that you have the correct editions which can be found on the Grade Level Book Lists above.Please note that all workbooks, some novels and selected texts must be purchased new. Other books may be purchased used. Digital books (ebooks) and Digital/Print Combos must be purchased through our online Virtual Bookstore in order to ensure the correct edition, unless otherwise noted.
Selling Your Books
- Selling through MBS Direct Go to the MBSDirect virtual bookstore, log in by clicking the "Sell Your Books" button, and go through the process to print out a buyback quote. Bring the buyback quote with you to the book sale on May 26, and we will box up your books and ship them back for you. After processing, you will receive a check in about two to three weeks. If you print out a buyback quote but end up selling one or more of the books, you can still use this service to sell back your remaining books on the quote list. Please note these condition requirements given by MBSDirect. MBS will only buy back textbooks in good condition.