Tuition Assistance FAQ

What is tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance, in the form of a discount of tuition, may be offered to families who are able to demonstrate they need financial help to offset the cost of a Cathedral education.  Families who demonstrate financial need may qualify for tuition assistance ranging from $1,000 (the minimum award offered) to several thousand dollars. 

Who can apply?

Any family that has a student entering 9th through 12th grade is eligible to apply for tuition assistance.

How does a family apply for tuition assistance?

A family begins by completing an application for tuition assistance via FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Cathedral's early deadline is October 15 for families applying for freshman admission via the Early Admission process who wish to receive a tentative/estimated award at the time of Early Admission acceptance (the week of Thanksgiving). The regular deadline for incoming freshmen and for returning students is December 15. Families also must submit to FACTS a copy of their federal tax returns, along with all schedules and W-2 forms. Information about this process will be sent to returning families currently receiving tuition assistance early in October.

How is financial need determined?  Who is eligible?

The need is determined by calculating the difference between the total cost of education and the family's ability to pay. FACTS provides to Cathedral a recommendation about a family's ability to pay. The Financial Aid Committee at Cathedral reviews the report and makes a decision on the amount to be awarded. Funds are limited, and it is impossible for Cathedral to meet full need for any family. Eligibility for tuition assistance is based on many factors; therefore, we encourage families to explore the tuition assistance application process if they think they might not be able to fully afford the cost of attendance.

What scholarships are available?

Cathedral offers two merit scholarships—Presidential Scholarships and Cathedral Scholarships. Students who earn a composite score at the 98th or 99th national percentile on the STS High School Placement Test earn a Presidential Scholarship worth $12,000 ($3,000 per year). Students who earn a composite score at the 96th or 97th national percentile earn a Cathedral Scholarship worth $6,000 ($1,500 per year). All academic scholarships are renewable for up to four years, provided the student continues to meet the established guidelines. Presidential Scholarships and Cathedral Scholarships are in addition to any need-based tuition assistance for which a student's family qualifies. There are no athletic or extracurricular scholarships.

Will applying for tuition assistance influence the admission decision?

No. The school makes no distinction between tuition assistance applicants and those who do not apply for tuition assistance when considering students for admission. Once a candidate is qualified for admission to Cathedral, the amount of the financial need and the availability of funds determine the amount the family is expected to pay.

Are need-based tuition assistance awards automatically renewed each year?

No. Since financial situations can change from year to year, and since the school's tuition assistance budget can vary from year to year, it is necessary for families to reapply each year. Information about doing so will be mailed to returning families currently receiving tuition assistance early in December.

How much money is given each year in tuition assistance?

During the 2019-2020 school year, approximately $2.8 million was allocated and distributed to approximately 40% of the total student body.

In the case of parents who are divorced, separated, or never married, who should complete the Parents' Financial Statement?

In such cases, the household of each parent must apply for tuition assistance via FACTS.


No family should hesitate to apply to Cathedral High School because of an inability to pay the full cost of a Cathedral High School education. Cathedral High School is committed to enrolling students from diverse academic, geographic, economic, ethnic, racial, religious, and social backgrounds.