Tuition & Finances
It is the policy of Carmel Catholic High School to promote diversity in its student body, which consists of young men and women from a variety of educational, geographic, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. As a Catholic institution, we are committed to making our college preparatory education available to all families who wish to share in our mission, and welcome your review of our attendance cost and financial programs.
Cost of Attendance
The Carmel Catholic High School Board of Directors has set the 2020-21 tuition rate at $12,950 per student. Additional fees may be assessed including, but not limited to, those for textbooks, technology, apparel, activities, and transportation. CCHS offers three payment plan options, and funds will be withdrawn from a credit or bank account.
Payment Plan Options
- Annual: One installment, paid by July 1st*
- Semi-Annual: Two installments, paid by July 1st and December 1st
- Monthly: Ten installments, billed from July through April**
*Annual plans receive a $100 yearly discount
**Monthly plans are subject to an $85 yearly service fee
Carmel Catholic High School is proud to provide families with more than $2 million in financial assistance each year. Through the generosity of the Corsair community, one in four Carmel students qualifies for assistance, with an average applied discount of $5,744 per pupil. The chart below represents the number of CCHS students currently receiving financial assistance, as characterized by household income.*
- $0 - $49,999 | 104 students
- $50,000 - $79,999 | 69 students
- $80,000 - $119,999 | 67 students
- Greater than $120,000 | 55 students
*Please note that household income is only one of several factors used to determine the amount of financial assistance a student may qualify to receive.
Families of students in the class of 2025 are encouraged to complete a financial aid application on or after October 1st of their 8th grade year. Applications received by December 31st will be provided priority consideration, and families will receive a formal decision prior to enrolling their student at Carmel Catholic High school.
Current & Transfer Families
Families of current Carmel Catholic High School students, along with those of registered transfer students, are encouraged to complete a financial aid application by April 1st. Financial applications received by this date will be provided priority consideration, and families should expect notification of a formal decision in early June.
Financial Aid Counseling
No matter your prospective student's age or grade level, our team of professionals is available to assist families in navigating the financial aid process and preparing for a future at Carmel Catholic. Opportunities for in-person counseling sessions, as well as virtual meetings, are available on most weekdays during business hours.
Applying for Assistance
Carmel Catholic High School requires families to apply using the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment tool. Please note that FACTS requires the submission of a $30 fee to process your application, and requires applicants to upload documents including:
- Most recent federal wage & tax statement (ex: IRS Form W-2)
- Most recent federal tax return (ex: IRS Form 1040)
*Please note that families must re-apply for financial aid each year of attendance.
Grants & Scholarships
Carmel Catholic High School offers a range of grant and scholarship opportunities designed to reward student achievement, expand community outreach, and honor parish affiliations. Information regarding these programs can be found below.
Carmel Catholic High School offers four-year, renewable merit-based scholarships that recognize students who earn a composite score within the top-10 percentile on the the High School Placement Test (HSPT). These awards are subject to availability of funds, and eligibility requires adherence to all CCHS testing and application deadlines.
- 97-99th percentile | $2,500 per year
- 94-96th percentile | $1,500 per year
- 90-93rd percentile | $1,000 per year
*Please note that merit-based scholarship renewals require that Carmel High School students maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average, as well as hold good standing within the CCHS Christian Service Program. Renewals are subject to fund availability.
Stella Maris Grants
The Stella Maris program provides assistance to Carmel Catholic families in the form of financial grants that are funded by members of the Corsairs community. Stella Maris grants may be combined with other forms of financial assistance, and are are distributed to qualifying students and families based on the following criteria:
- Grants are available to incoming freshman only
- Students must take the entrance examination at Carmel Catholic
- Families must apply for financial aid and demonstrate need
- Families must adhere to registration and enrollment deadlines
- Students must submit a Stella Maris application by February 1st
Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships
Illinois residents may be eligible to receive a tax credit scholarship through a pair of organizations that have partnered with the Archdiocese of Chicago to provide financial assistance to qualifying families: Empower Illinois and the Big Shoulders Fund. Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive assistance up to 100% of CCHS tuition and fees, and families should visit the link below for more information.
Parish Partner Scholarships
Carmel Catholic High School partners with local Catholic parishes to offer incoming freshman partial scholarship awards. The eligibility requirements and application process for each scholarship is unique, and subject to individual parish guidelines. For additional information regarding each award, please contact our parish partners.
- St. Joseph Parish Scholarship: Awarded annually to one SJCS graduate of each gender, this scholarship is funded by St. Joseph Catholic School in Libertyville.
- Gorman Sullivan, O Carm. Memorial Scholarship: Awarded annually to one St. Mary of Vernon member, this scholarship is funded by the parish's Men's Club.
The cost of educating a Carmel Catholic High School student is projected to be $14,325 for the 2020-21 school year. Each family is asked to contribute $13,175 toward their student's education, resulting in an effective discount of $1,150 per student. To help offset the annual difference, students are required to participate in two fundraising activities during each school year. The remaining cost differential is recovered by the generosity of the Corsairs community through their giving to the Carmel Catholic Fund.
Annual Fundraising Events
- Street Scenes Ad Drive | $150 per student
- Carmel Catholic Walkathon | $75 per student
These fundraising events benefit the entire Carmel Catholic High School student body and, as a result, all CCHS students are required to contribute to their success each year. Students who do not meet their fundraising quotas for each event—a minimum of $150 raised for the Street Scenes Ad Drive and $75 raised for the Walkathon—will have the remaining balanced billed to their student account following each activity.
Carmel Catholic High School relies on the generosity of our parent community in order to support a host of activities distributed throughout the school year. Various organizations facilitate parental involvement and help advance our mission to make a quality Catholic education available to as many families as possible. While there is no volunteer requirement, it is our expectation that Carmel parents will play an active role in the education of their children through the donation of their time and talent.
- Parents' Club
- Street Scenes
- Athletic Boosters' Club
- Carmel Catholic Council for the Arts
- Classroom Assistants
In addition to these opportunities, the CCHS Office of Institutional Advancement plans and promotes a number of projects each year, and parent volunteers are always welcomed. The generosity of the Carmel Catholic parent community is well-established and greatly appreciated, and we look forward to your involvement.
Carmel Catholic High School abides by all applicable policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). In doing so, Carmel Catholic High School does not promise to offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations of IHSA policies may result in loss of athletic eligibility for the student, coach, and/or school.
In addition, and in recognition of our shared ministry with other Catholic high schools, Carmel Catholic High School does not promise, predict, or otherwise allude to specific dollar amounts regarding tuition assistance or financial aid before a student takes the entrance examination. Carmel Catholic High School promotes the best attributes of our own school, while promoting the legacy and traditions of other Catholic high schools.
Apply for Financial Aid
To apply for financial assistance, families must complete an inquiry form using the link below. In addition to allowing our team to share information about upcoming events and life as a Corsair, completing an inquiry form will grant prospective families access to the Admissions Portal, where they will be able to complete a formal application for financial assistance. If you have previously inquired, use this link to access the Admissions Portal.