Tuition and Financial Support

A solid investment in their future. 

When you choose Cathedral, you’re investing in your child’s future. Part of our mission as a Catholic school is to provide opportunities for everyone to experience the difference a Cathedral education can make in your child’s life. Don’t turn away because of tuition cost, let’s talk about how we can make Cathedral work for you.

The school your family chooses will make a big difference in the trajectory of your student’s life. Let’s chat about the Cathedral Difference:

  • Individualized learning
  • Whole-student focus
  • Christ-centered principles
  • Community and service

Financial Support

We believe every family in Central Minnesota should have access to the Christ-centered, quality education that is found at Cathedral. More than one-third of the students at Cathedral do not pay 100% of the total cost of their education. We're able to provide financial support for families through these three ways.

Parishioner Donations

Our generous parishioners believe so strongly in Cathedral’s education, they give faithfully to allow students the opportunity to experience the Cathedral Difference.

Generous Donors

Thanks to generous donors to Cathedral’s Education Foundation, over 35% of our students receive support in the way of needs-based scholarships and grants.

Committed Alumni

Because they’ve experienced the difference Cathedral makes, our committed alumni make it possible for us to provide financial support and programming for Cathedral families.

Concerned about Cost?

We'll find every way we can to make tuition at Cathedral work for your family. Here's how to get the process started.

Step 1 // Apply to Cathedral

First thing’s first! Fill out the Cathedral application to get the admissions process started. Our Director of Admissions will reach out to you to guide you through the rest of the process!

Step 2 // Apply for Financial Assistance

Once we have received your application, you may start the process of applying for financial assistance.  Cathedral utilizes School and Student Services (SSS) to help us determine each family’s need so that we can help make Cathedral an affordable option for all.  Simply click on the link below to begin the process!



  • When should I apply?

    Once you have completed your application for enrollment , you may apply for financial assistance .

    To be in consideration for the first round of scholarship awards, please complete your online
    application before April 20, 2021 . If you are not able to complete your financial assistance
    application by this initial deadline, please let us know. We will work with you!

  • How do I apply?

    The application for financial assistance is online through School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS .
    You will need to create a new account if you are a first-time user.

    You will also need:

    • your completed 2020 federal and state tax returns – please see below if you do not have completed 2020 tax returns.
    • a valid personal email address.
    • a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express) to pay the SSS processing fee.
  • I do not have my 2020 Federal Income Tax return available because I have not filed yet or I will file for an extension. Will my application still be accepted?

    Yes, it is still possible to apply for financial assistance. If you are unable to provide your 2020 Federal Income Tax return, because of a file extension, we will accept a copy of your 2019 Federal Income Tax return, copies of your 2020 W-2s, 1099s, and other relevant schedules.

  • Why am I filing my application with School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS?

    Cathedral has partnered with SSS by NAIS to process our applications and to provide an equal, objective evaluation of each family’s financial situation. SSS by NAIS is a nationally recognized, reputable leader in financial need evaluation services for Catholic and independent schools like Cathedral. The money available for Cathedral’s financial awards does NOT come from SSS by NAIS; it comes from Cathedral’s budget.

  • How do I fill out the application if I am a divorced, separated or single parent?

    If the dependents you list will live primarily with you and be supported primarily by you, then you should complete the application form based on your household income and household expenses. If you have remarried, you will need to include information about your spouse’s income, expenses, assets, and debt. With legal joint custody, both parents or guardians of the child must apply separately on the portion of the tuition they are responsible for . Be sure to let us know if this is your situation so we can match and combine forms. Financial assistance awards will generally be prorated based on formal custody agreements or arrangements to be fair to all concerned.

  • Whom should I list as dependents?

    You should include all dependents currently living with you or for whom you are providing support per IRS rules. This includes older children attending college or any other relatives or dependents. Just follow IRS rules and you will be doing it the correct way.

  • How will I know if SSS by NAIS and Cathedral have received my application?

    Once payment and the application are submitted, you will receive a confirmation page. That page will have instructions on how to submit your supporting documents to complete the process. With your account on the SSS website, you will also be able to check the status of your application, amend data, and otherwise manage your account. There is a customer service phone number to assist you if you have questions.

    Cathedral will do everything possible to communicate with you in a timely manner regarding your award.

  • Is my personal financial information shared with any organizations other than SSS by NAIS?

    All information is held strictly confidential and is not shared or disseminated in any way with any other organization except a very limited number of personnel at Cathedral.

  • Are there any income limits when applying for an award?

    There are no income limits associated with applying for a financial award. Each family’s unique financial situation is considered when assessing the data and determining the award. Many other factors and information are considered in determining eligibility.

  • Who decides whether financial assistance is awarded?

    Cathedral’s financial assistance committee will prioritize the completed applications received and will do its best to provide assistance to make it possible for enrollment to occur in all cases. The school is the sole determiner of financial assistance awards based on the information you provide, and all money comes directly from the school’s annual budget.

  • When will I be notified if my son or daughter has received a financial assistance award?

    Cathedral’s financial assistance committee will prioritize the completed applications received and will do its best to provide assistance to make it possible for enrollment to occur in all cases. The school is the sole determiner of financial assistance awards based on the information you provide, and all money comes directly from the school’s annual budget.

  • What if I have further questions or need help completing the form?

    Just ask! Denise Klein, Director of Admissions at Cathedral, will assist you each step of the way. Simply email Denise at or call 320-257-2117.

Was it Worth the Cost?

Was sending our 4 children to Cathedral worth the money and sacrifice? The answer would most definitely be YES. When you enroll your children in Cathedral, you become part of a network of families with the same values and goals. This community becomes your family and lifelong friendships have been formed, not only for us as parents, but for each of our children. Cathedral has nurtured all of our kids and made them independent, strong, well-rounded individuals who have excelled academically, socially, athletically and spiritually. We are forever grateful for the great foundation, the safe environment, and the opportunity to live their faith on a daily basis, that Cathedral has provided to our children.

~Randy & Denise Budde

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