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 2019-2020 school year $2.2 million dollars 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. Visit our SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE for more information.

Tuition Information

Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)

Second student from same family - $14,035/year*
Third student from same family - $11,535/year*

(Must have baptismal certificate on file to qualify)
*Children must be concurrently enrolled.

Students of Other Faiths
Per Student - $18,535/year

International Students
Per Student - $21,200/year

Student enrolled in the Muller Academic Program
Per child add $3,150/year to tuition amount listed.

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.

Only one discount per student.

Additional Fees

$115/family - PTO/family programs fee
$325 - Nonrefundable registration fee for sophomores, juniors or seniors.
$450 - Nonrefundable registration fee for incoming freshmen
$350 - Senior Graduation Fee (Due for graduating seniors only)


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 webpage 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, 2019. There will be an application fee of $35. Please complete the online secure-site application between Nov. 1, 2019 and Jan. 20, 2020 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 20 for the class of 2024; 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 1.

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.

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

529 Plan

Your 529 plan can now be used to fund tuition costs for private and religious K-12 education, up to $10,000 per child per year. Because K-12 tuition is now a qualified higher education expense, some states may offer a deduction from individual state income taxes (Virginia, for example, offers up to a $4,000 deduction). This benefit alone gives some Virginia 529 account holders a new way to save money for both current and future academic expenses.The costs of textbooks, supplies and other expenses for K-12 education are not covered under this new rule.

Read more:

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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