Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Information

Think you can’t afford Mercy? Think again.


We work diligently at Mother of Mercy High School to keep our tuition as low as possible while never compromising the educational opportunities we provide. We also continually rework and build our tuition assistance programs in order to maximize our offerings to prospective Mercy families. The current result is a lower base tuition rate than any other all-girl high school on the west side of Cincinnati, state-of-the-art technology and a variety of scholarships, tuition assistance and work programs that can help many. Beyond the $100 Individual Excellence Program fee (which includes the iPad), there is NO additional expense for the school's advanced technology tools and program.

Tuition Rate

The Mercy Education Collaborative of Cincinnati's Board of Trustees voted and approved the tuition of $10,300 for Mother of Mercy's 2014-15 school year. Tuition maintains the value of a Mercy education and perpetuates the excellence that is already present, while also considering the impact on our families. Mercy’s tuition is still one of the very best educational values in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!  There is also a non-refundable registration fee of $350 (for incoming students only) that will later be applied toward your tuition, as well as an annual $100 iPad fee.

Please don’t simply assume there will not be enough assistance and that you won't be able to experience Mercy.  We know it can be a financial strain, but how we can help continues to be strengthened every year. So, please, talk to us.

  • Lowest Tuition – Highest Value: Mercy maintains the lowest tuition rates among local all-girl Catholic high schools, yet is still one of the very top academic and extracurricular all-girl, Catholic school performers in the city.
  • A range of academic scholarships and grants are available to incoming freshmen as well as current students. Please visit  motherofmercy.org for more information.
  • Think of Mercy as a supplemental college savings account. Consistently every year, around 70% of our seniors are awarded significant higher-education scholarships due to their outstanding preparation at Mercy.
  • Dual Credit provides the greatest financial advantage in college tuition for families, often doubling the credit available through AP alone. Mercy families are saving thousands of dollars by starting college “early” here. 
  • The 2014-2015 tuition, $10,300 is significantly lower than the real cost to educate each student (nearly $13,000). Mother of Mercy is in the mission-based business of Catholic education that simply, and not so simply, seeks to raise enough resources to continue doing what we do so well — educate and empower young women with the values of Mercy.

Scholarships

In an effort to meet the growing financial needs of more of its prospective and current families, Mother of Mercy revised its scholarship program in 2011, which enabled us to broaden our total tuition assistance and help more of those families unable to afford a Catholic education.

Our scholarship award program ranges from $1,000 a year to 1/2 year scholarships to multi-year full rides!

How do I apply for a Mercy Scholarship?

Your admissions application serves as your application for all scholarships to Mercy, of which we have four categories of prestigious awards for incoming freshmen:

First, Mercy offers Academic Scholarships based on High School Placement Test scores. Recipients of these scholarships not only receive significant, multi-year offers, but are also invited to attend our special Admission with Distinction dinner event held in January.

 Scholarship  Eligibility
 Leading Scholars (Tier 1)
 HSPT Score 98% - 99%
 Leading Scholars (Tier 2)
 HSPT Score 95% - 97%
 Academic Achievers (Tier 1)
 HSPT Score 93% - 94%
 Academic Achievers (Tier 2)  HSPT Score 90% - 92%
 Academic Achievers (Tier 3)
 HSPT Score 85% - 89%
 Circle of Mercy
 HSPT Score 80% - 84%
   


Mercy recognizes that testing cannot be the only gauge of excellence nor can it identify all true potential. It is for this reason that we provide our Scholarships of Inspired Excellence of at least $1,000. Selection begins with the application essay (found in the admissions application form) from which 25 - 30 candidates will be invited to participate in the final “Be Inspired Speech Competition." Selected participants will speak to our panel about their own inspiration. The number of scholarships, and their values granted, will be based upon the level of excellence displayed. Recipients of these scholarships are invited to attend our special Admission with Distinction dinner event held in January.

Sponsored by Mother of Mercy's generous benefactors, Named Scholarships recognize excellence in different academic disciplines. Recipients are selected from the pool of families who demonstrate financial need. These scholarships require the completion of the PSAS form (see below).

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship: Mercy does accept the Jon Peterson Scholarship, however the funds are not used to supplement tuition costs, but to fund resources needed to serve students who receive the scholarship. For more information on the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship, click here.

Tuition Assistance (for both new and current families)

As noted above, Mercy commits the majority of its financial assistance to meet the needs of families with significant need. The Private School Aid Service (PSAS) application is a specific form required by Mercy for families requesting financial assistance. PSAS forms for incoming freshmen will be available in Mercy's main office or by downloading the interactive PDF form in October. It is recommended you complete the form online at the PSAS website. Mercy's code for the PSAS form is 3813. The deadline for PSAS applications for incoming freshmen is November 23, 2013 and must be sent directly to PSAS (address is on the form). 
*Tuition Assistance is redetermined each year, so all families must reapply and complete a new PSAS application annually.

PSAS is an independent service that is used throughout the Archdiocese to determine financial need. Upon review of all applications, PSAS then provides to Mercy recommendations of allocation based on the number of requests and in consideration of the resources Mercy has available. Tuition Assistance award amounts are only guaranteed for one year.  Families must reapply through PSAS annually for continued consideration as both individual and total student body need and circumstances change.
This service reviews the total data annually and makes award recommendations to Mother of Mercy High School, as well as all other Archdiocesan schools.

After School/Summer Student Work Programs

Student work programs are available both after school and during the summer. A limited number of spots are available in the summer program, however the program is open to all students with priority selection given to current workers and those demonstrating a financial need.  Students perform light housekeeping cleaning up to one hour per day immediately after school each day (180 hours) and/or up to 6 hours per day (Monday-Friday) for up to 4 weeks in the summer (approximately 120 hours) .  Workers receive tuition credit in the amount of $6.00 per hour worked. (Full participation can earn up to $2,000 toward tuition.)

Applications are available in the school Main Office or click here to download a PDF application. Contact our business office at (513) 661-2740 for more information.

Other Opportunities

Mother of Mercy families are able to work Cincinnati Reds games for tuition credit. The two outside organizations Mercy accepts tuition checks from are the Advocates for Catholic Education and the Westside Scouters. Please contact the organizations for more details.

Multiple-Child Allowance

Mercy does offer a reduction in tuition rate for families with three or more students in Archdiocesan high schools. 
  • $1,000 per student for families with 3 of more students in Archdiocesan high schools
  • $1,250 per student for families with 4 of more students in Archdiocesan high schools

Tuition Payment Plan

Many families find budgeting tuition easier by making monthly payments to Mother of Mercy High School. Such payment arrangements are processed by Tuition Management Systems (TMS) for Mercy.  Contingent upon the amount a family wishes to pay up front, the balance is spread into eleven equal payments within the school year.  This option includes a 4.35% interest charge which is added to the monthly billings. There is a non-refundable $350 registration fee for new students which is later applied to tuition. For convenience, an invoice is sent at the start of each month and payments are always due by the 15th.

Questions?

If you have any other questions that have not been answered by our website, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Dan Bley, Director of Finance at 513.661.2740 ext. 319 or by email at bley_d@motherofmercy.org



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