Tuition & Financial Assistance

You can afford an Ursuline education.

The Ursuline Sisters of Brown County, who founded our school in 1896, held a philosophy that is continued today – to provide an Ursuline education to any student who is academically qualified.

Each year over $1.1 million in scholarships and financial aid are awarded to an average of 40% of students.


In keeping with the Ursuline philosophy and mission of the school, the following scholarships and tuition assistance programs are available:

Merit-Based Scholarships

Students scoring 99-90th national percentile composites on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) are awarded merit-based scholarships to attend Ursuline Academy. 8th graders who take the HSPT on the official test date in November, or take a make-up test before the first Saturday in December, and submit an application to Ursuline by the deadline are automatically eligible for merit-scholarships. A separate scholarship application is not required. Applicants will receive notice of merit-based scholarship awards with their acceptance letter, as well as any financial aid offers, in January.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is awarded to students from grants and endowed funds created by donor contributions. Award criteria is determined by the fund creator and varies from fund to fund.

Ursuline uses FACTS, an organization that analyzes a family’s finances, to assist in making tuition assistance decisions.Typically, we are able to meet about 75-85% of a family’s need as determined by FACTS.

All families applying for need-based financial assistance must complete the FACTS application by November 8, 2020.

Applicants can apply online. Once an online application has been completed, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process:

  • Copies of your 2018 Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
  • Copies of your 2018 W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in PDF format online. Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.

Click here to learn more about the FACTS application process.

Apply online today.


Ohio EdChoice

We are excited to share with you that Ursuline will be moving forward as an EdChoice scholarship provider for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to recent changes in the EdChoice program, we feel confident that accepting EdChoice at Ursuline will have a significant financial benefit for many of our current and future families without any alterations to our educational standards and practices.

The Ursuline Sisters of Brown County held the philosophy that they would do their best to provide an Ursuline education to any young woman who is academically qualified. The Sisters' philosophy was at the heart of the decision to move forward with accepting EdChoice Scholarships; we believe this will be an exciting opportunity to help many of our current and future families better afford an Ursuline education for their daughters.

We know you will likely have many questions about EdChoice. Once our status as an EdChoice provider is officially verified by the State of Ohio, we will provide more information to our current and future families regarding how and when to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship.

In the interim please take a few minutes to read the list of FAQs that we have compiled below. If you have questions that are not covered in the FAQs, or for which you would like additional clarification, please feel free to contact the school.

We will continue to provide information when updates are available.


Frequently Asked Questions about EdChoice

What is EdChoice?

The EdChoice Scholarship Program provides up to 60,000 state-funded scholarships to students who would otherwise attend low-performing public schools. The scholarship must be used to attend private schools that meet requirements for program participation, which Ursuline does meet.

  • The Educational Choice (EdChoice) Scholarship Program offers students in grades K – 12 a tuition voucher to use toward tuition at a private school. This program, which is the original aspect of the program and is sometimes referred to as the traditional EdChoice Scholarship, is based on the student's residence. Students whose public school of residence is lower-rated (designated) qualify for these scholarships.
  • The EdChoice Expansion Program is an income-based program. It offers private school scholarships to students whose families have a lower income (at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines).

What is the difference between the traditional EdChoice and the EdChoice Expansion?

The traditional EdChoice Scholarship is based on residence in low-performing public schools districts. Students whose assigned public school based on residence is on the EdChoice Scholarship Program's 2020-2021 Designated Public Schools are eligible for the traditional EdChoice scholarship.

The EdChoice Expansion Scholarship is based on family income, not residence. The expansion program is now available to any family whose household family income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Families who receive the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship cannot be charged the remaining tuition by the private school.

Who is eligible to apply for EdChoice?

Our current and prospective students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice Scholarship including:
• Students who would be assigned to one of the designated public schools that are low performing. (Traditional EdChoice)
• Students who are members of a family household where the income is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, regardless of residence. (EdChoice Expansion)

What is the value of the scholarship?

The EdChoice Scholarship amount is currently $6,000 for grades 9-12. This can only be applied to tuition at a qualifying private school.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship amount covers tuition ONLY. Parents still may have to pay registration fees, material fees and other similar types of fees. Families who qualify for the EdChoice Expansion program do not have to pay any tuition that is not covered by the scholarship. However, Ursuline's tuition is higher than the EdChoice Scholarship amount and if the family does not qualify for EdChoice Expansion, but receives the Traditional EdChoice Scholarship, the family will have to pay the difference in the tuition.

Who makes the decision as to who is awarded EdChoice Scholarships?

The State of Ohio makes this decision. Ursuline is not involved in the decision as to who is awarded EdChoice Scholarships.

Do students have to participate in any additional testing beyond the Iowa and ACT?

No. The EdChoice program has been changed and no longer requires additional state testing. The Iowa and ACT testing are now applicable to meet state requirements for the EdChoice program.


Which schools currently qualify for EdChoice Scholarships?

The list for the 2020-2021 school year applies to individual schools within districts. A few are listed below for reference.

Butler County:

  • Fairfield High School (10 -12 only - does not apply to Freshman school)
  • Hamilton High School
  • Middletown High School

Clermont County:

  • Batavia High School

Hamilton County:

  • Aiken High School
  • Clark Montessori High School
  • Gilbert A. Dater High School
  • Hughes STEM School
  • James N. Gamble Montessori High School
  • Riverview East Academy
  • Robert A. Taft Information Technology
  • School for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Shroder Paideia High School
  • Spencer Academy
  • Western Hills University High School
  • Withrow University High School
  • Woodward Career Technical High School
  • Finneytown High School
  • Lockland High School
  • Mt. Healthy High School
  • North College Hill High School
  • Colerain High School
  • Norwood High School
  • Princeton High School
  • St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School
  • Taylor High School
  • Winton Woods High School


Can the EdChoice Scholarship be renewed?
Yes, the scholarship can be renewed each year through grade 12, but the family must reapply each year.

If a student receives an EdChoice Scholarship for her freshman year, would she be guaranteed that scholarship for all four years of high school?
No. Whether a family is awarded an EdChoice Scholarship is determined through the State of Ohio. It is always possible that there could be changes in the program or changes in the public school's designation that could affect whether a family would be able to receive an EdChoice Scholarship.

Should parents and students apply for admission first or apply for EdChoice first?
Families apply for admission to Ursuline first (applications admission to Ursuline for prospective students are due 12/1/19). The EdChoice application window for all eligible families (both current and incoming) typically begins in February.

Will admissions standards for Ursuline Academy change?

No. Ursuline will continue to be a selective admissions high school. Our admissions process and standards will not change in any way.

How are merit scholarships adjusted or stacked for students receiving an EdChoice Scholarship?
Any merit scholarship received by the student will be awarded to the student in addition to the EdChoice Scholarship, at a maximum of 80% of the complete tuition.

How is financial aid adjusted for students receiving an EdChoice Scholarship?
If the financial aid award that was offered to the student was larger than the total EdChoice Scholarship amount ($6,000), the student will receive the difference in financial aid from Ursuline, at a maximum of 80% of the complete tuition. If the financial aid award amount is less than the total EdChoice Scholarship amount ($6,000), the student will receive the EdChoice Scholarship and no additional financial aid from Ursuline.

What information is needed to apply for the scholarship?
Parents must provide Ursuline with a copy of the student's birth certificate, a copy of current proof of address, and the Scholarship Request Form to apply for the scholarship. Parents renewing their child's scholarship must provide a copy of current proof of address and the Scholarship Renewal Form.

Are families required to have their income verified to apply for the scholarship?

Families applying for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship MUST have their income verified; it is not optional. However, income verification is not required to apply for a traditional EdChoice Scholarship.

Where can I find more information?
Visit the EdChoice website

If you have any questions about scholarships or financial aid, please contact us at admissions@ursulineacademy.org