St. Monica Catholic High School

Tuition Assistance

St. Monica Catholic High School remains committed to continuing to meet the financial needs of the families that have chosen SMCHS as their school. Further, SMCHS has a need-blind admission process - your ability to pay for tuition is not looked at when considering your child for admission. SMCHS offers several need-based financial aid opportunities as well as academic and leadership scholarships. Need-based financial aid at St. Monica Catholic High School is granted solely on the basis of family need and the availability of funds.  Academic scholarships are offered to any 8th grade student who scores in the 99th percentile nationally on the HSPT exam. Leadership Scholarships are offered to 8 incoming freshmen and are awarded based on the applicants' leadership in activities, athletics, and/or community service during their elementary school experience.

Need-Based Financial Aid 

SMCHS strongly recommends that families begin the financial aid process early. Need-based financial aid awards do not renew automatically each year. Families receiving financial aid one year must reapply each year in order to be considered for a new financial aid award. 
Effective November 2016, financial aid applications will be filed through FACTS instead of the Private School Aid Service (PSAS). The information reported on the application will be used to determine financial aid eligibility and distribution amounts for all SMCHS need-based financial aid awards. Once the financial aid funds have been exhausted, no more financial aid is disbursed. The online application has been redesigned to make it easier to use. Please click on  to apply for tuition assistance. 
Once you click on the link, you will be directed to a landing page (hosted by FACTS) which will include application deadline(s) and any additional instructions specific to SMCHS. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Santiesteban at  FACTS forms must be submitted online directly to FACTS for processing. SMCHS will not process forms sent to the school. Please refer to FACTS FGAA flyers below for more information.
Application due date for incoming 9th graders for priority consideration:
January 27, 2017 (decision will be based on 2015 income information).  Applying on or before the priority deadline ensures award notification with admissions letter.  Notification of award for applications submitted after this date will be provided approximately 3 weeks after FACTS confirms completion of application requirements.
Application due date for returning students for priority consideration:
March 31, 2017 (decision will be based on 2016 income information; please apply after January 31st)

Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Tuition Award Information 

Cycle 4 (deadline: 6/9/17)

CEF is pleased to announce that they will be implementing a Cycle 4 Application Process for CEF High Schools. This Cycle would be only for NEW STUDENTS to SMCHS who have not applied for CEF (2017-2018 School Year). These students would fall into 2 categories (Incoming Freshman & Transfer Students).


All students found to be eligible for consideration will be placed on the Waiting List in order to be considered for an award when wait-list is cleared however there are no funds budgeted for immediate funding.


Please find the applications at the bottom of this page.


Cycle 2 (deadline: 12/16/16)

Current SMCHS students: if you were awarded tuition assistance through the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) for the 2016-2017 school year, you were emailed a letter outlining instructions to apply for the 2017-2018 school year, including how to set up an appointment time to process your application. 


Students interested in applying for an award from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) that were not recipients this school year must contact Ms. Santiesteban at for an application and information on how to apply.  The application deadline is December 16.  Please refer to the Cycle 2 flyers below for important details regarding eligibility and the application process.

Merit Scholarships 

Academic Scholarships 

St. Monica Catholic High School will offer academic scholarships of $8,000* each, payable over four years. Any 8th grade student who scores in the 99th percentile nationally on the HSPT exam at any test location, and who successfully completes the SMCHS admissions process, is automatically granted an academic scholarship.
Leadership Scholarships 
SMCHS will offer 8 leadership scholarships of $10,000* each, payable over four years. To be considered, applicants must complete the entrance examination at SMCHS on January 21, 2017. The completed application (located below) with one letter of recommendation from a supervisor who can attest to the contributions and demonstrated leadership of the candidate are due January 27, 2017 for scholarship consideration. The Admissions Committee will determine the Leadership Scholarship recipients and notify them by mail.
If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions: | (310) 394-3701 x1305.