Financial Information

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.

For further information, contact


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.

2018-2019 Tuition and Financial Assistance

Boarding Students

Domestic & International Boarding Costs

Total cost is $43,500 and it includes the following:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Sports & Activities
  • Medical Insurance Coverage
  • ESL and TOEFL Prep Courses
  • College Counseling Services
  • Room & Board
    • Air Conditioned/Heated Dorm Rooms
    • Food/Foodservice
    • Wi-Fi/Internet
    • Game room
    • Student Kitchen Facilities,
    • Bicycles
    • Laundry Facilities
  • Transportation
    • Airport Pick Up/Drop Off
      • Rochester (Minnesota) International Airport (RST)
      • LaCrosse (Wisconsin) International Airport (LSE)
    • Transportation Two (2) Days During the Week
      • Shopping, Errands, Groceries etc...
    • Transportation for Medical/Dental Appointments
  • Dorm Activities & Trips
  • Holiday Breaks
    • Thanksgiving Break 
    • Spring Break
    • Home-Stay (if needed) During Christmas Break

Contact Mr. Erik Christenson at 507-453-5102 or email at if you have questions or would like more information.

Cotter Connect Academy

Fee = $500 per student

Cotter Connect Academy (CCA) is a special two-week summer enrichment program for non- English speaking students to help the transition into American high school life while building confidence in speaking English.


Day Students

Junior High School Costs (7th-8th)

2019-2020 Tuition Information
Academic Costs = $15,000

Local Tuition Grant = ($2,000)

Local Fundraising Efforts = ($6,800)

Local Endowment Funding = ($4,000)

TOTAL TUITION = $2,200 / student

High School Costs (9th-12th)

2019-2020 Tuition Information
Academic Costs = $15,000

Local Tuition Grant = ($2,500)

Local Fundraising Efforts = ($5,200)

Local Endowment Funding = ($4,000)

TOTAL TUITION = $3,300 / student

FACTS - Tuition 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.

Homestay or F1 Visa Students

Program Information

Students that want to study at Cotter through a homestay program or as a day student on an F1 visa need to contact Mrs. Mandi Olson at for tuition information.

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. 

For further information contact:

Ms. Pam Kimber
Director of Finance
Phone: +1.507.453.5014

Mrs. Mandi Olson
Director of International and Boarding Admissions
Phone: +1.507.453.5113

Mrs. Linda Schrupp
Director of Local Admissions
Phone: +1.507.453.5016