Financial Considerations

Day Student Tuition Policy

If you are a Boarding student, please click here to find out about financial considerations for Boarding students.


Cotter Schools is committed to making our excellent education affordable for all families. Paying for a Catholic education is a shared investment in our children’s future. The cost to educate each student at Cotter Schools averages over $12,000 per year. Tuition accounts for less than 25% of the total cost. Every Winona area student attending Cotter Schools receives financial assistance for the remaining portion of the actual costs through the generosity of our Tuition Grant, HEF Endowment, the Catholic Schools’ Foundation, parish support, individual benefactors, and Cotter Schools’ own fundraising efforts.

We recognize that even significantly reduced tuition levels can still be a strain on many families’ finances. Therefore, Cotter Schools awards affordability grants to qualifying families. For the 2014-2015 academic year, approximately $385,000 was awarded in scholarships and grants.

An additional financial consideration to keep in mind is that each Cotter High School graduate who applies is awarded a four-year, post-high school scholarship provided by Hiawatha Educational Foundation.


Cotter Junior High (Grades 7 and 8): $2,000/student/yr

Cotter High School (Grades 9-12): $3,000/student/yr

Family Affordability Grants

Affordability grants vary depending on family need. Grants can be applied for by submitting a FACTS financial evaluation form to Cotter Schools and then registering with FACTS, our tuition management program. Grants are awarded in late Spring of each year. Multiple student discounts must be applied for through the FACTS evaluation form as well.

Re-Enrollment Fee

A re-enrollment fee of $15 per student is required at the time of registration. New student enrollment fee is $25 per student. This fee is non-refundable. Every family is required to register online with FACTS, the tuition management program, prior to a student’s registration for classes being activated. Families with outstanding balances will need to make specific arrangements prior to student enrollment in classes.

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