Tuition, scholarship opportunities and financial aid information


TUITION & FEES

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will be $12,450 plus a mandatory fundraising fee of $300. Tuition payments are divided equally in to 10 payments of $1,245 beginning July 1 and ending April 1.  A late fee of $40 will be assessed for any payment received after the 5th of the month.  Tuition is expected to be paid in full by April 1. 

The return on investment is priceless. Financial grants are available and are based on the needs of the family.

 

Financial Aid and Scholarship Highlights

Make McAuley your top choice for the entrance exam on Saturday, December 7, 2019 so that you may apply for the scholarships listed below. McAuley offers more opportunities for scholarships than any other catholic high schools!

Scholarship Opportunities

Agatha O'Brien Scholarship

$2,000 Renewable

Awarded to the top 5% of Entrance Exam testers

Board of Trustees Scholarship

Equal to one-half tuition

Recognizing the importance of a Catholic, secondary education, the Board of Trustees of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School established the Board of Trustees scholarship. This scholarship provides one-half of a year's tuition. Annual renewal is based on continual compliance with established criteria 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the Entrance Exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must have completed a minimum of two (2) years in a Catholic elementary school.
  3. The applicant demonstrates seriousness in academic achievement and excellent academic potential/achievement.
  4. The applicant has good disciplinary record.
  5. . The applicant participates in school or a Church/community activity.
  6. The applicant’s family must have significant demonstrated financial need as determined by the submission of the 2020-2021 online FAST financial aid application.
  7. The applicant must have maintained a 3.5 grade point average (B+) during the first semester of 8th grade and have the ability to maintain a 3.0 grade point average while at McAuley
  8. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Catherine McAuley Service Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to freshman who have demonstrated leadership and service

$1,000 non-renewable scholarships are available for members of the Class of 2024 who have been recognized for their service and leadership skills. We are looking to recognize students who have gone "above and beyond" their Confirmation service hour requirement and who are making a difference in their church, school, or community.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must have gone “above and beyond” their Confirmation service hour requirement and are making a different in their Church, school, or community.
  3. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Daniel P. Haerther Scholarship

Equal to one-half tuition

Awarded to three freshmen with a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership skills, and commitment to service

This renewable scholarship program will provide one-half of tuition costs each year provided students meet the criteria below throughout their four years at Mother McAuley. Three (3) members of the class of 2024 will be selected during this application process. The Daniel P. Haerther Charitable Trust has generously funded a scholarship program for twelve scholars (three per level). In addition to receiving a financial award, scholars will be required to participate in events facilitated by the scholarship trustees each year. These include monthly meetings, a cultural field trip, service project, college visits, and other activities that will help them learn about and determine their college and career plans. During their junior year, scholars will have the chance to attend a six-month long ACT prep class on either Saturday or Sunday at Roosevelt University, free of charge.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must have a B average or above for their first semester of 8th grade. Students will be required to maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 at McAuley for the duration of the scholarship.
  3. No major disciplinary or attendance issues.
  4. Demonstrated financial need through submission of the FAST application for the 2020-2021 school year.
  5. Applicant must be focused on attending a four-year college or university.
  6. Strong co-curricular involvement in clubs, fine arts, athletics and/or community service.
  7. Completion of an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Helen and Dick Carey Scholarship

$1,000 renewable

This scholarship is awarded to a daughter, granddaughter, niece or sister of a McAuley alumna

The Helen and Dick Carey Scholarship was established by a Mother McAuley alumna in honor of her parents. The applicant must be a legacy student whose mother, grandmother(s), and/or aunt(s) graduated from McAuley Liberal Arts High School. This scholarship will provide $1,000 in tuition assistance to one (1) member of the class of 2024, and is renewable throughout her four years provided she maintains a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must be the daughter, granddaughter, niece, or sister of a Mother McAuley alumna or a St. Xavier Academy (not college or university) alumna.
  3. The applicant must agree to have a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher as a student at Mother McAuley, starting in the fall of 2020.
  4. The applicant’s family must have completed the 2020-2021 online FAST financial aid application.
  5. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Hometown Heroes Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to freshmen whose parent works for a local fire or police department.

This $1,000 non-renewable tuition scholarship will be awarded to members of the class of 2024 in honor of their parent’s dedication to serving and protecting their community as a member of the police or fire department.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. At least one parent of the applicant must be an active member of any local municipality’s police or fire department.
  3. The applicant must submit an essay

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Mary Kean Coffey "Pay it Forward" Scholarship

Equal to one-half tuition

Awarded to four freshmen with proven leadership skills through their support of their community and others

This scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to honor an alumna of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School who dedicated her life to education, to giving back to society, and to “paying it forward.” The scholarship will recognize students who are leaders that fully participate in the concept of “paying it forward” by using their gifts and talents as students, mentors, and active alumnae, supporting both current and future Mother McAuley students. Four (4) scholarships will be awarded to members of the class of 2024. The award amount is set at fifty percent (50%) of the annual tuition. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good standing both academically and behaviorally.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must be an incoming freshman. The recipient selected must have paid the required deposit and registered at Mother McAuley registration day.
  3. With a view to promoting the diversity of the student population, special consideration will be given to applicants who are members of a racial or ethnic minority.
  4. The applicant’s family must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the submission of the 2020-2021 online FAST financial aid application.
  5. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019

Sr. Ellen Marie Ryan Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded to a freshman with past music experience and a desire to participate in music at McAuley.

The Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, RSM Music Scholarship was established by Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 2012, in recognition of Sister Ellen Marie’s dedicated service to Mother McAuley as a member of the music faculty for over thirty years. This non-renewable scholarship will provide tuition assistance in the amount of $500 to one (1) member of the class of 2024.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant must have previous music experience in her grade school and/or church and plan to continue her music education at McAuley.
  3. The applicant’s family must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the submission of the 2020-2021 online FAST financial aid application.
  4. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Applications will go live on December 7, 2019.

The Tradition of Excellence Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is available to freshmen who are daughters, grand-daughters or nieces of Mother McAuley or St. Xavier Academy alumnae.

The Tradition of Excellence Scholarship was started by Mother McAuley alumnae to assist legacy students – young women whose mother, grandmother(s), and/or aunt(s) graduated from McAuley Liberal Arts High School or whose grandmother(s) and/or great-grandmother(s) graduated from McAuley’s predecessor, St. Xavier Academy (Not college or university. St. Xavier Academy relocated from 49th and Cottage Grove to our current location on 99th Street in 1956, changing the name to Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School). This non-renewable scholarship will provide $1,000 in tuition assistance to members of the class of 2024.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must have taken the entrance exam at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School.
  2. The applicant be the daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, or niece of a Mother McAuley alumna or a St. Xavier Academy (not college or university) alumna.
  3. The applicant’s family must have demonstrated financial need as determined by the submission of the 2020-2021 online FAST financial aid application.
  4. The applicant must submit an essay.

*Application will go live on December 7, 2019


Financial Assistance through Mother McAuley


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, complete the FAST online application which will go live on October 1st. After completing the online application, you will be required to scan or mail supporting tax information directly to FAST. 

What is Mother McAuley's philosophy regarding financial aid?

Mother McAuley is committed to keeping the cost of a Catholic secondary education affordable for all families. As such we strive to provide financial aid to families that show a demonstrated need.  Mother McAuley families received over $1.5 million in financial aid in the 2018-2019 school year.

What is "demonstrated need?"

A "demonstrated need" is defined as the difference between the total amount a family can be expected to contribute based on their financial situation, and the cost of tuition. All families attending Mother McAuley are expected to contribute something toward their child’s education.  Mother McAuley uses FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) as a tool to determine need.

Does Mother McAuley offer scholarships?

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must take the Entrance Exam at Mother McAuley on December 7, 2019. Scholarships for the 2020/2021 school year will be listed in the fall.

Should we apply?

Yes!  64% of applicants qualified for a tuition assistance award in the 2018-2019 school year.  Also, having filled out the FAST application qualifies you for other scholarship opportunities throughout the school year.

What was the average amount of financial aid awarded last year?

Mother McAuley’s financial aid awards ranged from $500 - $3,000. The average financial aid award was $1,200.

What other factors might determine my financial aid award?

Factors that might influence the amount of financial aid awarded include household income, assets, household size, and the number of dependents in tuition charging schools. The FAST application also allows families to submit information about any extenuating family circumstances that should be considered in evaluating their application.

What effect does a financial aid application have on my child's admission application?

None. Your child will be accepted based on the results of the Entrance Exam and their elementary school transcripts.

When will I receive a decision regarding my financial aid award?

Your financial aid package will be made available after your child takes the Entrance Exam at Mother McAuley and is formally accepted, but prior to the registration process.  You must complete the FAST application prior to December 13 for this notification.  Financial aid award letters will be mailed on February 14.
 

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?

Yes, you must apply each year due to the fact that your financial circumstances may change from year to year.

Who has access to my financial information?

All financial information is highly confidential and only released to the financial aid committee.

78% of students at Mother McAuley receive some kind of financial aid/scholarship

$1,200 was the average amount of financial aid awarded last year