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2019-2020 tuition Ranges & WAYS TO LOWER TUITION


*Tuition is determined through financial aid (FAIR) process as outlined below. End amount is the full tuition amount for parents who choose not to apply for financial aid.

(Half Day)

$432 - $1,440*

(Half Day)

$648 - $2,160*


(Half Day)

$1,080 - $3,600*


(Full Day)

$2,160 - $7,200*

*Tuition is determined through financial aid (FAIR) process as outlined below. End amount is the full tuition amount for parents who choose not to apply for financial aid.

Kindergarten - Grade 8

$2,040 - $6,800*

Grades 9-12

$2,828 - $9,425*

ways to lower tuition

How can I make tuition more affordable for my family?

It is our desire that every child be given the opportunity for a quality Catholic education. Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) is pleased to offer a variety of financial support options to our families.

The tuition on the right of the range is the full tuition amount for families who chose not to apply for Financial Aid or to apply for the Rochester Catholic Parish Tuition Grant. However, RCS encourages all families (current or new) concerned about affording the full tuition rate, to apply for financial aid. An application for for financial aid does not affect the re-enrollment or admission process.

Financial Aid (FAIR)

Rochester Catholic Schools uses FAIR (Financial Aid Independent Review) to allocate funds and determine the amount of aid to be awarded to qualifying students through an objective, impartial, and equitable process. FAIR is a nationally recognized leader in confidential objective financial aid assessments for private and parochial schools. All RCS students/families are eligible to apply to financial aid regardless of grade level or faith tradition.

When Should I Apply?
The FAIR application does not open until February 1. For current families to be considered for financial aid the deadline for the next school year is mid-March. Financial aid applications are processed throughout the entire school year for new families. A family must submit current federal tax returns with their application.

How Do I Apply?
Families can apply online at The following information is needed to apply online:
• School Code: 150
• Password: rcs150
• A valid email address
• Credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
• Copy of 2018 Income Tax return

For returning users email and password from previous years are still active. Assistance is available for the processing fee, please contact the RCS Business Office below for information.

Tuition Information Contact
June Barnick
Business Manager/Accountant
(507) 289-1702

Rochester Catholic Parish Tuition Grant

Your child(ren)’s tuition may be reduced by a parish tuition grant. This grant is only available for students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are registered members of one of the parishes listed below.

Upon application and approval by your pastor, the parish grant in the amount of $1,350 will be applied to your tuition statement.

  • Church of the Resurrection
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist
  • Church of St. Pius X
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church
  • Pax Christi Catholic Church
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • St. Bernard's Catholic Church
  • St Bridget's Catholic Church

Seeds of Faith

Application Deadline: May 12, 2018

The Catholic Foundation of Southern MN is pleased to again offer financial support from the Seeds of Faith Catholic School Tuition Assistance Endowment. The Seeds of Faith scholarships are need-based and these funds are available to families who wish to have their students attend Catholic schools, but have limited income and work opportunities. This is not an academic scholarship fund.

To apply for Seeds of Faith funds:
  • Request an application form by contacting the Rochester Catholic Schools Business Office by emailing or calling (507) 289-1702.
  • Provide all required documentation. A checklist of accompanying paperwork is listed on the last page of the application. NOTE: Sections B, C and G will be completed /provided by RCS and your parish pastor or building administrator.
  • Submit completed application, by May 12, 2018, to your church pastor or building administrator.
In late June the Catholic Foundation of Southern MN will inform recipients of the grant committee’s decision.

Additional Ways to Lower Tuition

Loyalty Grant

This grant will be offered to RCS 8th grade families whose students will be enrolling in 9th grade at Lourdes High School.

Freshman Year: $1,000 offered off of tuition per student
Sophomore Year: $500 offered off of tuition per student

Loyalty Grant Registration

RCS Enrollment Referral Award

The purpose of the RCS Enrollment Referral Award is to show gratitude to RCS constituents as they help to broaden our educational mission through direct testimonials to prospective new families.

This grant will be offered to any person - RCS staff, parents, alumni, parish employees, parishioners, etc. - recognized as the referring party by a newly enrolled RCS family. This grant is intended to incentivize and energize our greatest marketing method - word of mouth - and our most impactful marketers - our own stakeholders.

The RCS Enrollment Referral Award is awarded at $250 per enrolled student.*

*Referral Award is applicable on a per student basis after 45 days of active enrollment.


RCS Scrip is an easy program used to reduce tuition costs by offering rebates from stores and restaurants you are already visiting.

RCS has partnered with Great Lakes Scrip Center to enhance our current Scrip Program by offering a user-friendly, online Scrip program, You will still be able to purchase Scrip to all of the same vendors, but now you have access to over 700 vendors!

With this new partnership comes a restructuring of the rebate schedule. After registering with, instead of a flat 3% rebate, you will receive 75% of whatever the rebate is from each vendor!


Fees & Payment Plan

RCS Fees

Facility/Technology Fee $500/family
Facility/technology fee is not charged to families with Preschool/Prekindergarten students.

Athletic Fees
Click here to view RCS Athletic Fees

Fine Arts Fees
Band Fee (grade 5) $240/student
Band Fee 6-8 grade) $265/student

Payment Plans

SMART Tuition Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) offers a personalized online tuition payment program called SMART Tuition. This program makes paying tuition convenient, flexible, and provides families with multiple payment options.

By enlisting Smart Tuition to assist with our tuition and fee collection process, RCS is able to support our families with efficient and effective practices that fit best into their lives. Smart offers online payments, payment by phone, and a secure way to allow families to schedule one-time and recurring payments from both bank accounts and credit cards. Smart customer service is available 24 hours a day.

Payment Plans Plan A: 1 Payment – August Plan B: 12 Payments – July-June Plan C: 2 Payments – August, January Plan D: 4 Payments – August, October, January, March

Payment Methods
Option 1: Mailed Invoice Option 2: Payments automatically debited from bank or credit card account


If you prefer to submit a hardcopy form please contact June Barnick at

Do you still have questions?
We are here to help you every step of the way. Please contact RCS for additional assistance. Admissions Information Contact, Carrie Plumlee at (507) 424-1817 or email at Tuition Information Contact, June Barnick at (507) 289-1702 or email at