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Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance 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 page for information about merit awards. 

Need-based Assistance (also called Financial Aid) for all grades
Bishop O'Connell offers two types of need-based aid:

1. Diocese of Arlington Tuition Assistance Program Award
Eligibility requires that the student must:

  • be a baptized Catholic or convert officially received into the Catholic Church,
  • reside within the boundaries of the Diocese of Arlington or on a local military base,
  • attend (or be accepted for admission by) a Catholic school in the Arlington Diocese, and
  • show financial need.*

2. Bishop O'Connell Financial Aid Award
Eligibility requires that the student must:

  • attend (or be accepted for admission by) Bishop O'Connell High School, and
  • show financial need.*

*Consideration for either type requires submission of an application form and required fee to FACTS Tuition Aid. Note that students may only receive one of these awards.

Need-based applications must be filed online through the FACTSMGT web site. You will be guided through the online process by prompts. There is a $30 application fee. The online aid application is also available in Spanish.

Please note that the application deadline for need-based aid is January 26 for the Class of 2019; 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 assitance and support services to metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families.


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. 


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:


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

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