Tuition and Assistance

Tuition Contract & Payment Plans

A tuition contract is required to be signed each year by a student's parent(s) or guardian(s).  Incoming families will be asked to complete a tuition contract at the time their student registers for classes for their first year at Lake Catholic.  For continuing students, contracts are distributed to each family with course selection materials in February and are due with the course selection form to secure the student’s placement in their selected classes.  A tuition contract for the class of 2024 can also be found by clicking here. A tuition contract for the classes of 2033, 2022, and 2021 can be found by clicking here.

On this contract, families select one of the following payment plans:
  • Payment-in-Full: Payment in full by June 30th receives a 2% discount.
  • Payment-by-Semester: Semester payments by June 30th and December 30th receive a 1% discount for each payment.
  • Monthly Payment Plan: 11 monthly payments from July through May. The monthly payment plan requires an automatic withdrawal from a bank account. Please provide bank account information and choose a payment date (1st or 20th of month or both) on the Automatic Payment Plan Enrollment Form.
  • Financing through Cardinal Credit Union: Various terms with required payoff by May each school year. Contact Rachel Walker at 440-266-2231 for more information.

Additional Fees

A registration fee of $350 for each new student is due at the time of registration and a registration fee of $250 for each continuing student is due when they submit their course selection for the 2019-20 school year. The fee is used to defray the costs of registration, Program of Studies, technology and the Student-Parent Handbook. This fee also provides students with free admission to all home athletic events and musical concerts. It provides a student ID and yearbook photo, literary publications, class retreats and Senior Turkey Day. 

A $100 graduation fee is added to each senior's tuition account in July. This fee helps to offset the cost of commencement including the ceremony, cap and gown, diploma with embossed cover, and a final transcript. 

Participation fees help to offset the costs of transportation, officials, uniforms and equipment for each activity. These fees are detailed in the Student-Parent Handbook and are added to tuition accounts at the beginning of each season. To encourage our students to participate in more than one activity, the participation fees per family will not exceed $1,200 per year (not including fees paid directly to Lake Catholic).

Course fees may be incurred due to the nature of some courses. For example, certain courses may require a workbook that corresponds with the text and students in art classes may be asked to purchase various supplies. Students in AP classes are required to take the corresponding AP exam at a cost of approximately $95 each.

Tuition Assistance

To be considered for Tuition Assistance from Lake Catholic High School and the Diocese of Cleveland, families must submit a completed application to FACTS
  • Complete the FACTS Application online. 
  • Families with a new student entering Lake Catholic for the 2020-2021 school year may submit an "early decision" application beginning in October 2019 through mid-January 2020 (utilizing their 2018 tax return).
  • Families with only returning students for the 2020-2021 school year or those that missed the early decision deadline can begin applying for tuition assistance in January 2020 but must apply utilizing their 2019 tax return.
  • Applications for Tuition Assistance from Lake Catholic and the Diocese of Cleveland will be accepted until May 31, 2020 or until funds are exhausted.  Families wishing to submit an application for Tuition Assistance after May 31, 2020 must first call the Business Office.
  • Please note that while all students should be included on the FACTS application regardless of grade, families should check with their other schools to determine the process for applying for financial aid at each school.

Other Types of Tuition Assistance

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  • Grants and Discounts

    • Multi-Student Grant: Families who are paying tuition for multiple children enrolled simultaneously will receive a $1,000 grant for their second child and a $3,000 grant for their third child. The fourth child enrolled simultaneously is free.
    • The Legacy (Alumni) Grant is offered to students who are the children or grandchildren of Lake Catholic alumni.  This grant is $300 for the members of the Class of 2021-2022 and $250 for all other students.  Maximum one grant per student, per year.
    • Prepayment Discounts are offered to families who pay their student’s annual tuition in full by June 30th ($200) or by semester by June 30th and December 31st ($50 per semester).
    • TRIP - Tuition Reduction Incentive Program: T.R.I.P. is a program through which tuition credits can be earned simply by purchasing gift cards for stores and restaurants.  Credits are applied to tuition accounts in December and May.  You do not have to have a child enrolled at Lake Catholic to participate.  Your family and friends can purchase gift cards and designate their credits to a tuition account or our Tuition Assistance Fund.  Credits can also be designated to a future student’s account!  For more information, visit TRIP North LLC.
  • Scholarships

    • Catholic Teacher's Scholarship:  Lake Catholic’s Catholic Teacher’s Scholarship is awarded to students who are the children of full-time teachers in a Catholic school.  The students receive a $1,500 scholarship each year with a maximum of one scholarship per student, per year.  Families must send documentation of this full-time employment to the Business Office before the start of each school year.
    • Bishops' Scholarship for Excellence:  The Catholic Education Endowment Trust (CEET) established the Bishops’ Scholarship for Excellence to promote Catholic education and to offer scholarships to families with financial need who desired a Catholic education for their children. More information about this scholarship can be found HERE.
    • The John L. Patton Memorial Scholarship:  The John L. Patton Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 by James G. Cardillo and is held by the Catholic Community Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is the child or grandchild of a veteran or person currently serving in the military who exhibit financial need.  More information about this scholarship can be found HERE.
    • The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland School Employee Fund:  The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland School Employee Fund was established by Bishop Nelson J. Perez in collaboration with the Catholic Community Foundation and the Office of Catechetical Formation & Education through the generosity of donor funds during the 2018-19 academic year. More information about this scholarship can be found HERE.
    • Chalta-Sprungle Memorial Scholarship for Ninth Grade:  The Cleveland High School and Academy Lay Teachers Association (CHALTA) believes in Catholic education and the values that it inspires. CHALTA desires that as many people as possible within the Diocese of Cleveland participate in that education and its benefits. More information about this scholarship can be found HERE.
    • Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship Fund:  The Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese in 2018 to provide scholarship assistance to a student enrolled or entering a high school in the Diocese of Cleveland. More information about this scholarship can be found HERE.
    • The Tim Armelli Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 in honor of the former Lake Catholic teacher, coach and friend.  Tim taught Physical Education/Health from 1979 to 1997.  During his tenure, Tim also coached the football and wrestling teams for 18 years; was the wrestling head coach from 1985 to 1997, and won a wrestling State Championship in 1989.  This scholarship is awarded to two students who live in the Willowick, Willoughby and Wickliffe areas. Students with financial needs or special needs are encouraged to apply. The scholarship form can be accessed HERE.
    • (Currently Closed) The Mary Zappitelli Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 by the Zappitelli family. Mrs. Zappitelli passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in November 2015. Candidates for this scholarship should exemplify the qualities that Mrs. Zappitelli demonstrated while being a Spanish teacher for 20 years at Lake Catholic High School, as well as the Spirit Rally Advisor, Senior Class Moderator and Student Government Advisor. This $500 scholarship is a one-time award for two current students at Lake Catholic and will be applied to the tuition of the selected recipients/students. The scholarship form can be accessed HERE.