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Tuition & Financial Aid

Choosing a faith-based education for your child’s education is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give them—and one of the wisest investments you can make in their future. The Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools (GRCSS) is committed to providing the highest quality Catholic education to the families who desire this for their children. Our mission is to ensure that a Catholic Central education is accessible to as many students as possible.

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees
  • Tuition: $11,675 
  • Non-refundable New Student Enrollment Fee: $150
  • School Uniform*: $150-350

*Families are required to purchase Flynn O’Hara uniform items for each child attending CC.

2020-2021 International Tuition & Fees
  • Tuition: $12,500
  • Transportation Fee: $440
  • International Fee: $1,035
  • Non-refundable Enrollment Fee: $150

2020-21 Financial Aid & Scholarships Opportunities

2021-22 Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities will be posted on October 15, 2020.

Catholic Central High School, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and generous donors of our community believe that a Catholic education can truly transform lives. We offer a variety of tuition assistance opportunities:

Smart Aid Financial Aid          Parish Support          Bishop’s Scholarship Fund          Foundation Scholarships          CCNEXT Scholar Award

Catholic Central High School is pleased to provide tuition assistance to roughly 50% of our students. All need-based tuition assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we strongly encourage your family to adhere to our application deadlines in order to be eligible to receive as much tuition assistance as possible.


2021-22 Smart Aid Financial Aid

Smart Aid is the third-party agency used by diocesan schools to evaluate need. Families enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year that wish to receive need-based tuition assistance are required to complete and submit the Smart Aid application as soon as possible. Only one Smart Aid application is required per family, regardless of the number of K-12 children in their family enrolled in diocesan schools. Priority consideration will be given to all completed Smart Aid applications submitted by the December 1, 2020, deadline.

Students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Passing cumulative GPA
  • Satisfactory discipline record

Click Here to access the Smart Aid application, instructions, and FAQs.

Click Here for helpful step-by-step instructions.


Parish Support

There is no substitute for a quality Catholic education. As a result, parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids support the ministry of Catholic schools through a high level of financial investment in the Catholic schools that service the children of registered and active parishioner families, even if their parish does not have its own school. All families interested in receiving Parish Support are required to submit the Parish Support Form to their pastor by December 1, 2020, or as soon as possible. Your parish will forward this form to the Business Office. Parish Support, if awarded, will be listed on your family’s Tuition Statement.

Click Here for the Parish Support Form


Bishop’s Scholarship Fund

Bishop Walkowiak has greatly increased the amount of available scholarships for diocesan Catholic schools. All families who are interested in receiving need-based Bishop’s Scholarships must apply through Smart Aid by December 1, 2019. The Bishop’s Scholarship, if awarded, will be listed on your family’s Tuition Statement.


2021-22 FCSE Catholic Central Scholarships

Current and incoming students are encouraged to apply for FCSE Catholic Central Scholarships. These named, endowed scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our community and alumni donors. All families who are interested in applying for Catholic Central Foundation Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year are required to submit the Smart Aid application by December 1, 2020, AND the Catholic Central Foundation application by January 11, 2021. .

For FCSE Catholic Central Scholarship questions, please contact Beth Banta at or 616-233-5816.

Click here to learn more about FCSE Catholic Central Scholarships.


2021-22 CCNEXT Scholar Award

This merit-based scholarship will be given to the ten incoming 9th grade students that score highest on the PSAT 8/9. As a Catholic school we want to make sure our school is affordable and accessible for all; at the same time, we also believe it is important to recognize and celebrate scholastic achievement. Each award is for $2,000 atop of any need-based aid. The CCNEXT Scholar Award is good for the student’s 9th grade year at Catholic Central.

Click Here to learn more about the CCNEXT Scholar Award.



Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools participates in Scrip. Credits from partner schools may be applied to secondary school tuition. Families must notify their Scrip coordinators of their GRCSS tuition account number and request that credits be applied to their high school tuition.

``We chose CC because they go beyond religion. They also put a higher standard on academics, athletics, life skills, and social responsibility.``

— Jason O. - Grand Rapids Catholic Central Parent