Financial Aid

A strong Catholic classical education is one of the best investments a family can make. Still, at $5,975 a year, we recognize that many families lack the resources to pay the full cost of this excellent academic and religious formation.

Tuition Assistance

It’s our goal to make St. Ambrose Academy accessible to families of all income levels. We do this primarily by keeping costs and tuition low, especially through the generosity of benefactors. These benefactors make it possible for us to offer $350,000 in tuition assistance this year alone so that no student is denied a St. Ambrose education due to financial constraints. Each year, approximately 35-40% of our students receive tuition assistance.

A family does not need to be in poverty to qualify for tuition assistance.  Many factors are taken into account in determining qualifications for tuition assistance. If you find full tuition is out of reach for whatever reason, you should consider applying for tuition assistance.

To be considered for tuition assistance, families can go two routes:

  1. They can submit financial information to a third-party organization, TADS. TADS assesses the family’s income and financial obligations (including college costs and tuition for other children in school), and recommends the amount the family can afford to pay for tuition.  The St. Ambrose Academy Tuition Assistance Committee uses these recommendations in allocating tuition assistance. Additionally, families with incomes up to twice the federal poverty level may qualify for assistance from the St. Francis of Assisi Fund.
  2. They can meet directly with the St. Ambrose Academy Assistance Consulting Committee without working through TADS.

Please contact Principal Scott Schmiesing at (608) 827-5863 or scott.schmiesing@ambroseacademy.org to discuss tuition assistance at St. Ambrose Academy.

Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generosity of our benefactors, we are able to award scholarships to incoming or current students. Some scholarships are needs-based while others follow different criteria. These scholarships are another way to make a St. Ambrose education accessible to all families, regardless of financial need. Click here for scholarship information.

Diocesan priests may also nominate students who serve at the altar $500 Ad Altare Dei scholarships. Contact your pastor for additional information.

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