Tuition & Financial Aid

Sending your child to Bishop O’Connell High School is a significant commitment for families. At the heart of Bishop O’Connell's mission is the commitment to provide a Catholic, college preparatory education to young men and women of all economic backgrounds.

Financial Aid falls under two categories: merit (based on a student's academic performance) and need (based on the student's family's financial situation). Eligible students may receive both merit- and need-based assistance. For the 2016-2017 school year $2 million in assistance was awarded.

Students who exhibit achievement both inside and outside of the classroom are recognized by our scholarship program. These awards are based on merit; not on financial need.

Find out more below.

Tuition Information

Tuition and Fees (2016-2017)

Catholic
(Must have baptismal certificate on file to qualify)
One student - $14,625/year
Second student from same family - $12,125/year
Third student from same family - $9,625/year
*Children must be concurrently enrolled.

Students of Other Faiths
Per Student - $16,625/year

International Students
Per Student - $19,125/year

Student enrolled in the Muller Academic Services Program
Per child add $2,800/year to tuition amount listed above.

Discounts
Only one discount per student. Discounts can not be applied retroactively.

Military Discount (10% off tuition) - Parent must be active duty U.S. Military.

Arlington Diocese Discount (10% off tuition) - Parent must currently be teaching full time in an Arlington Diocese school.

Additional Fees

$100/family Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) dues
Includes the School Calendar and Student Directory

$275 - Nonrefundable registration fee for sophomores, juniors or seniors.

$675 - Nonrefundable registration fee for incoming freshmen ($300 is credited to tuition)

$300 - Senior Graduation Fee (Due for graduating seniors only)

Other

Please note that book and uniform costs will vary.

Knight Fund (Annual Giving Donation) participation is encouraged at any giving level.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid falls under two categories: merit (based on a student's academic performance) and need (based on the student's family's financial situation). Eligible students may receive both merit- and need-based assistance.

Merit-based Assistance (Applicants to grade 9 only)
Please view the SCHOLARSHIP tab for information about merit awards.

Need-based Assistance (also called Financial Aid - applicable for all grades)

Bishop O'Connell works with FACTS Grants & Aid to administer our financial aid program. Applications must be filed online beginning Nov. 1, 2016. There will be an application fee of $25. Please complete the online secure-site application between Nov. 1, 2016 and Jan. 23, 2017 to maximize your chances for financial aid.

CLICK HERE to enter the FACTS aid process.

Please note that the application deadline for need-based aid is January 23 for the class of 2021; applying early will allow us the opportunity to provide a decision regarding aid prior to the March registration deadline.

Transfer students should apply for aid no later than May 15.

Partner Programs

We currently partner with three agencies who provide services to high school students in the Washington, DC area:

Black Student Fund

The Black Student Fund (BSF) has provided financial assistance and support services to metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-K to 12, and their families.

blackstudentfund.org

Black Student Fund
3636 16th Stree NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20010

Capital Partners for Education

Capital Partners for Education (CPE) aims to improve the futures of low-income youth by helping them receive a quality education, graduate from high school, and attend college.

http://cpfe.org

Capital Partners for Education
1413 K ST, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-682-6020

Latino Student Fund

The Latino Student Fund (LSF) is dedicated to providing Latino families with the tools they need to thrive. They support students and their families through scholarships, academic support services, and informational outreach. For additional information, please contact LSF as follows:

latinostudentfund.org

The Latino Student Fund
P O Box 5403
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-244-3438
Fax: 202-244-3757

Scholarships

Students who exhibit achievement both inside and outside of the classroom are recognized by our scholarship program. These awards are based on merit; not on financial need.

Class of 2021 Scholarships

Description

Amount

Eligibility

How to Apply

O’Connell Scholar Award

50% off tuition

Renewable for four years

Students scoring 99% on national composite of HSPT

Submit HSPT scores and admissions application no later than January 13.

Knights Recognition Scholarship

(10 recipients)

$2,500 per year applied to tuition

Renewable for four years

Students scoring 95% on national composite of HSPT

Submit HSPT scores, admissions application and essay response no later than January 13.

De La Salle Award for Vocal Performance

(2 recipients)

$1,000 applied to tuition for freshman year

Outstanding vocal performance of a student registering for choral class

Must register for Audition by January 13.

Must submit admissions application no later than January 13.

Audition on Feb 4

De La Salle Award for Instrumental Performance

(2 recipients)

$1,000 applied to tuition for freshman year

Outstanding performance of a student registering for band, orchestra, piano or guitar class

Must register for Audition by January 13.

Must submit admissions application no later than January 13.

Audition on Feb 11

I.H.M. Service Award

(4 recipients)

$1,000 applied to tuition for freshman year

A student in a Diocesan school who offers service to others without seeking recognition or reward.

Must submit admissions application no later than January 13.

Must have recommendation from elementary school principal.

O’Donnell Family “Making a Difference” Award

(2 recipients)

$500 applied to tuition for freshman year

Any incoming student who made a difference in their community, going above and beyond to help those in need.

Must submit admissions application no later than January 13.

Submit one letter of recommendation and personal essay.

Meet Our Graduates

Choosing to attend O'Connell was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I largely owe my success to the consistent support and dedication of my teachers and counselors, as well as the numerous opportunities O'Connell has afforded me. During my time at O'Connell, I have grown intellectually and spiritually, I have been challenged, and I have been part of a happy and spirited community.

- Virginia S. '16
(Brown University)
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