The finances of paying for a private school can be intimidating for families, especially for those who are coming from a public school and are not used to the idea of paying tuition.
We work hard to keep our tuition as low as possible and to offer assistance to those families who need it. As a Catholic school, we have made the decision to focus the majority of our funding towards need-based assistance, rather than merit-based scholarships.
- How do we pay tuition?
- Are there payment plans available?
- How do we apply for tuition assistance?
- When do we apply for tuition assistance?
- Can we find out how much tuition assistance we can get before we apply?
- How is the amount of tuition assistance determined?
- How large are the tuition assistance awards?
- Is tuition assistance a loan we need to pay back?
- Does tuition assistance cover all four years?
- Can my son lose his tuition assistance?
- How many students receive tuition assistance?
Families are able to choose from a number of payment options:
1-pay plan (July 1)
2-pay plan (July 1, October 1)
4-pay plan (July 1, September 1, November 1, and January 1).
We are also able to work with you to extend payment beyond the 4-pay plan.
All accounts must be paid in full before March of the school year.
Catholic Central requires all incoming 9th graders to submit a score from the High School Placement Test (HSPT) taken during 8th grade. View some of the FAQs regarding this aspect of our application process below.
- What is the HSPT?
- How is the HSPT scored?
- When should my son take the HSPT?
- Will my son score better the longer he waits to test?
- What if my son scores poorly?
- Can my son take the HSPT more than once?
- Can my son receive accommodations for the HSPT?
- How can my son prepare for the HSPT?
- How are the scores used?
- Does my son need to test at Catholic Central?
- How do we register for the HPST?
- Is there a cost for the HSPT?
- How do we receive our HSPT scores?
- The HSPT is scored on a percentile basis compared to the rest of the students who took the same test across the nation at the same time.
- We mainly use the National Percentile scores in Reading, Math, and Language. We use the composite score to determine academic scholarships.
- When students receive their scores (emailed directly to you by the testing company) there will be a full breakdown of what the scores mean.
- The HSPT is to be taken as an 8th grade student.
- The HSPT is offered on 4 set dates each year: November, December, January, and February.
- Students are strongly encouraged to test in November or December in order to stay on the normal admissions timeline. Students who wait until January or February can be accepted, but will miss the January acceptance deadline.
- Students must test in November, December, or January to potentially earn an academic scholarship.
- If your son scores poorly on the HSPT, it does not automatically disqualify him from admission. The rest of the admissions materials all play into our decision regarding your son’s acceptance.
- Students who score in the 25th percentile or lower in Reading, Language, or Math may be required to complete our summer program with a “C” or higher in order to enroll in the fall. Classes are typically 4 weeks long, Monday-Thursday, and run from mid/late June to mid-July. The 4th of July may impact these dates, and more information is given after acceptance.
- Students who qualify for a 504 plan or IEP at their middle school can receive accommodations for the HSPT.
- Catholic Central offers limited options for the December and February test dates.
- Students who wish to receive accommodations for the HSPT must submit this form to their current schools and have it returned to CC at least 1 week prior to the test date.
- Since this is a placement test, there really isn’t much studying to be done. It’s meant to give us an accurate measure of where your son should be placed in our classes, so a “true” reading is the most helpful.
- Students who wish to familiarize themselves with the test ahead of time can find numerous resources and study books online.
- Catholic Central serves as a testing sight for the HPST, but students are not required to take the test at Catholic Central. A number of students each year will opt to take the test at a different location and have the scores sent to Catholic Central.
- You can select the location and which schools receive your test scores when you register for the test.
- Parents will receive a copy of student test results via mail or email. Only one delivery method is available, which you will designate during the registration process.
- Results will be sent to families by the test company approximately 3-4 weeks after the test date. If you select to have a paper copy mailed to you, please be aware that delivery time may take longer than usual due to the increased demand of the postal service during this time.
- How does my son earn a scholarship?
- How do I receive an athletic scholarship?
- How many students receive a scholarship?
- Can my son earn a scholarship and receive tuition assistance?
CC offers three main internal scholarships and/or grants. Every student who applies for admission into 9th grade is considered for these scholarships, and they are awarded as determined by the Admissions Office and Administration:
Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge (GDK) Scholarships
Shamrock Roots Scholarships
CC is also partnered with several other organizations who offer scholarships to families. These organizations may require additional applications:
The Michael E. Bullock Scholarship
The Dominique Fischer Memorial Foundation Scholarship
The Archdiocese of Detroit
The McNish Foundation