Tuition Assistance & Scholarships

Austin Catholic High School is committed to making Augustinian Catholic education affordable for all students. Families with any financial concern should refer to the process below. Please note: those families registering after the registration deadline are not guaranteed tuition assistance.  

Scholarship and Aid Process Timeline

In order to ensure timely and accurate accounting of all funds, we ask that families follow our financial aid timeline. We are happy to discuss scholarships and aid with families during pre-admissions activities, however, exact Tuition Assistance figures will not be shared with families until formal application (including registration) to Austin has been made.

  • Take the High School Placement Test offered in November and February at ACHS.
  • Make formal application to Austin Catholic by the January 20th application deadline.*
  • Acceptance letters mailed and merit scholarships awarded to those eligible based on HSPT scores: early March.
  • Complete and submit the AOD’s online financial aid application by April 7th.
  • Request a financial aid meeting with Principal.
  • Scholarships and Aid Committee will review results and make final determination.

* To be included in our first round of acceptance letters, we must receive your application, 8th grade profile, and High School Placement Test scores by Friday, January 20, 2017. The first round of acceptance letters will be mailed on Friday, January 27, 2017. To qualify for Austin’s competitive merit scholarships and tuition assistance, early registration forms and fees will be due Friday, March 3rd. Austin will continue to accept students throughout the school year and summer, or until our Freshman class is full.

Tuition Discounts

Sibling Discounts

Families with more than one child currently attending Austin Catholic qualify for a tuition discount. Any family receiving a grant or discount must also go through the AOD Financial Aid process. The discount does not apply to fees.

2 Students – $1,500 discount total

3 Students – $4,000 discount total

Referral Program

Any current Austin Catholic Family referring prospective students to the school will receive a $500 tuition credit should that student be admitted at the full tuition level.

Tuition Assistance/Aid

Archdiocese of Detroit Tuition Assistance Grant

There will be a 3 tier system for the Archdiocese of Detroit Tuition Assistance Grant: $1100, $950, and $800. It will be solely based on need and is not dependent on whether a student is in high school or elementary school. Also, there is not a written application process. All applications will have to be completed on line with supporting documents uploaded to the application.

Even if you feel your family will not be eligible for the AOD grant, the form must be completed in order to receive financial assistance from Austin Catholic. Start your application here. You must complete it by April 7th to be eligible.

Leonard J. Brillati Memorial Tuition Assistance Scholarship

The Leonard J. Brillati Memorial Scholarship was founded in memory of Austin Catholic’s first President. It is awarded to students annually based on displayed financial need. The grant amount varies based on need. The grant does not cover fees. To be eligible families must complete the AOD financial aid application and schedule a financial aid meeting with the Principal.

Work Study Program

Students and parents who wish to reduce a portion of the cost of their tuition by working at Austin can apply for the Work Study Program. Parents must first complete and submit the AOD financial aid application by the April 7th deadline. Families who have not applied for need-based aid may not be considered for the Work Study Program. Applications for the Work Study Program are screened by the Scholarships and Aid Committee. Because the program requires skill and proficiency in performing manual labor such as painting, cleaning, repairing, hauling, shoveling, etc., preference is often given to older students or parents. Consideration in hiring is given to families with greater financial need and who have a number of students attending Catholic schools. All money earned in the Work Study Program may be credited directly to their tuition account.

Knights of Columbus Tuition Assistance Scholarship

The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus awards two $500 scholarships annually to Austin Students. The scholarship does not cover fees.

Academic Scholarships

To recognize incoming freshman who display superior academic merit as shown by the High School Placement Test (HSPT), Austin Catholic awards renewable scholarships.

St. Augustine Scholarship: Students scoring in the 95th to 99th percentile overall on the High School Placement Test will be eligible for a renewable $2,500 scholarship.

St. Monica Scholarship: Students scoring in the 90th to 94th percentile overall on the High School Placement Test will be eligible for a renewable $1,000 scholarship.

To renew academic scholarships, students must maintain a 3.85 GPA and display superior citizenship and faith as befitting an ACHS student.

New! Crusader Achievement Scholarships:

Through the generosity of an Austin Catholic Benefactor we are pleased to announce a new scholarship for incoming 9th grade students from our local Catholic Grade Schools. Award amounts will vary each year between $500 and $1500 depending on the number of applicants. For 2017-2018 we are happy to offer five (5) $1,000.00 scholarships. Each student interested in this scholarship must have acceptance by January 27th to Austin Catholic and submit the Crusader Achievement Scholarship Application and essay between January 30th and February 27th, 2017.

Tuition Programs

SCRIP

SCRIP is great way families can bring down the cost of tuition. SCRIP is an online service that families can purchase gift cards through.  A percentage of the sale is given to Austin Catholic and will be credited to a student’s tuition account. Contact the Main Office for more details on SCRIP.

Kroger Rewards

Kroger Rewards is another great way families can bring down the cost of tuition. Register your Kroger Rewards Card with Austin Catholic and any rewards money you earn by shopping at Kroger will be applied directly to your tuition account. Contact the Advancement Office for more details on Kroger Rewards.

Other Scholarships

Alliance Catholic Credit Union announced a contest to award two (2) $5,000 scholarships for students who will be attending a Catholic High School League school in the 2017-2018 academic year. The contest entry information can be found on the Alliance Catholic CU Facebook page or through this URL: www.AllianceCCU.com/5000