How Much Does Catholic School Cost?
Catholic schools are private schools that are part of the Catholic Church. As of 2011, the church operates the largest non-government related schools system. Besides the typical curriculum taught in the public sector, the Catholic schools put an emphasis on religion as well. The cost of tuition for schooling is going to greatly vary depending on the church, the location, and other factors.
How much is it?
- For an elementary school, the average tuition can range from $3,200 to $8,000 annually per pupil.
- For a secondary education that includes both middle school and high school, the tuition will range from $5,100 to $16,500 per year.
- Members of the local Catholic Church may be able to get discounted tuition. Check with your church to see what the rules are when registering.
- Cost of living is going to play a bigger role. A Catholic school in New York City is going to cost a lot more than a school that is in the middle of Iowa.
- For example, the Charlottesville Catholic School that is based in Virginia is currently charging $7,300 for the entire year.
What are the extra costs?
- Registration fees will apply to those students that are going new to the school. These starter fees can range from $50 to $200. This application fee is going to be non-refundable and keep in mind that all students don’t get accepted.
- Books and other supplies may be required, depending on the classrooms and labs. Unlike the public sector that is funded by tax dollars, many classrooms rely on the students to provide the material. This is not always the case as it can vary from school to school.
- School uniforms are mandatory in most Catholic Schools. See: “How much do school uniforms cost?“
- If you are going to do extracurricular activities such as sports or clubs, most will have a participation fee.
What is going to be included?
- Catholic schools put an emphasis on religion in their curriculum. While you do not have to be Catholic to attend the school, the high majority of the students are. RichmondDiocese.org has a list of common curriculum taught.
- Classroom sizes will range from 20 to 30 students and operate as any other public or private school. The school is privately funded through donations and tuition fees.
How can I save money?
- Consider talking with an admissions officer about financial aid. Many schools offer financial aid to help those families that have a harder time affording the tuition.
- On top of financial aid, consider looking for scholarships that are available for these types of schools.
- Compare at least two schools in the area to see what they have to offer. Most schools are going to greatly vary with their staff, the building, classes offered, and other things. If the tuition is cheaper, you may get what you pay for.
- Some schools may offer discounts to those that have more than one child attending or for those that are already attending the church itself. This is also known as a multi-child discount and on average, it can save upwards of 30% on each student.