Tuition Information

Tuition, Scholarships and Aid

Cardinal O’Hara prides itself on making a quality private Catholic education as affordable as possible.

More than 85% of COHS students receive some form of Scholarships and/or Tuition Assistance.

2021-2022 Tuition: $9,975

Registration fee: $500

Technology fee: $200

(And our 2021-2022 tuition is the same as the 2020-2021 tuition—read about O’Hara’s Tuition Freeze)

Academic Scholarships

COHS offers academic scholarships to qualified incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and service to the school community. Financial need is not a factor in determining scholarship eligibility.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, all students must complete a Scholarship Essay by selecting from one of the year’s topics.

Decisions on scholarship awards will be sent with acceptance letters and are based on this essay, the student’s results on the Entrance Exam, as well as their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade academic transcripts.

Scholarships range from $500/year to $6,000 year, and first, second, and third choice applicants are eligible for scholarships, but there is a limited amount of scholarships available and priority will be given to first choice applicants.

Scholarship essays for current 8th grade applicants must be completed and submitted prior to December 17, 2021. 

Multiple Student Discount

Brothers, sisters—the whole family can come to O’Hara! Families receive 10% off tuition for the second student & 15% off for the third student in the same family.

Legacy Award

Does Hawk Pride already run in your veins? To keep the family tradition alive, we offer $500/year, for four years to children or $250/year to grandchildren of Cardinal O’Hara alumni.

Catholic Education Discount

Already a part of the Catholic school community? Students receive 15% off tuition if they are the child of a Catholic school employee.

The Oishei High School Scholarship

The Oishei Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship provided by the John R. Oishei Foundation for economically disadvantaged students of color.

Cardinal O’Hara is allowed to nominate 3 students for the scholarship with the Foundation selecting the ultimate winner.

This year’s application is due by December 3, 2021.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, visit The Oishei High School Scholarship

Tuition Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available for parents experiencing difficulty meeting the cost of tuition. Eligibility is based on proven financial need as determined by the completed confidential tuition assistance form (FACTS). Due to limited availability, all necessary forms for the upcoming school year must be submitted before June 1st and are provided at registration.

Tuition assistance is determined by the overall household income and the number of dependents claimed on income taxes for the current year. 

  • Families who qualify will earn 10%-25% off the net tuition.

  • Eligibility may change each year depending on income. Families must re-apply each year.

Register for the FACTS tuition payment program

Download information about the FACTS program and applying for grants and financial aid.

Please contact the Business Office with specific questions about FACTS and tuition. 

Mrs. Brigid Knott, Director of Finance – (716) 695-2600 ext. 315 or bknott@cardinalohara.com

Parent & Family Work Programs

The Franciscan Worker Program is part of our Tuition Assistance program. Families who are eligible may apply for entry into the program in the spring when registering for the next academic year.

Home School Association Bingo– another part of our Tuition Assistance program, parents may be eligible to work one Sunday per month to earn tuition credit.

Both programs must be applied for, each year and at the time of registration for new students.