As a private, independent school, Cotter Schools is financially supported by a variety of sources: parent/family tuition, local tuition grants, fundraising efforts, and benefactor generosity. Providing an excellent academic education, as well as a large variety of extracurricular activities, is a significant financial commitment for all. However, Cotter Schools is committed to making “The Cotter Experience” affordable by providing tuition grants upon request.
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We recognize the commitment and sacrifice that families make to provide a Catholic education for their children and we work to meet each family’s financial need.
2017-2018 Tuition and Financial Assistance
FACTS Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment is the system we use to evaluate tuition assistance for individual local families. Tuition assistance is based on need and is awarded in late Spring of each year. Families with multiple children must go through this application to be considered for a multiple-student discount. Apply for tuition assistance.
Hiawatha Education Foundation post-secondary Scholarship
Each Cotter High School graduate is eligible for a four-year, renewable scholarship for study after high school. Students need to submit an essay along with their test scores, GPA, and list of activities and then are awarded an annual scholarship ranging from $500 to $2000/year. Over the past 25 years, the Hiawatha Education Foundation has awarded over $10 million in scholarships, resulting in thousands of dollars of aid to individual students and families.
Seeds of faith catholic school tuition assistance
The Diocese of Winona has announced the availability of $133,000 to be awarded in tuition assistance scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. These scholarships come from a $2 million endowment established several years ago during the Seeds of Faith capital campaign. The endowment provides tuition assistance in the form of scholarship to parents who seek a Catholic education for their children and who demonstrate a financial need. This endowment will also respond to a special need to provide tuition funding for the newly arrived immigrants in our diocese. Please remember that these scholarships are need based and are available only to families who are not able to enroll their students in Catholic schools because of limited income and work opportunities. This is not an academic scholarship fund.
An application must be completed by parents and submitted to your pastor. Please note Section B and Section G must be completed by your pastor. After completing these sections your pastor will submit your application to the Diocese of Winona Pastoral Center. Please submit your application to your pastor by May 18. Final submission deadline to the Diocese of Winona is June 1. Recipients will be notified in July with the money being sent directly to the school account. The scholarship cannot be used to pay overdue tuition. Application forms are available in the Cotter main office or in the finance office.