DSHA is committed to providing an outstanding college-preparatory Catholic education to qualified students regardless of a family's financial circumstances. One-third of families qualify for some need-based assistance, with the average award around $7,500. This also includes non-tuition-based opportunities for students − from uniforms and books, to dances and foreign study trips.
The amount of aid is determined upon careful evaluation of a family’s financial situation and may be renewed each year as long as family circumstances remain the same. Numerous factors including income, number of children, amount of tuition paid at other schools and other life expenses and circumstances are taken into consideration. This information is provided by completing a financial aid application through FAIR.
Incoming families must apply for financial aid in the fall during the admissions application period. The online FAIR Application is available October 1–November 2, 2018 (school code: 233/ password: dshahs233). Applications must be complete by the November 2 deadline to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Awards will be sent with admissions decisions in January 2019.
Current families must re-apply for financial aid between February 13 - March 15, 2019 (school code: 233/ password: dshahs233). Current tax information is needed to complete the application. Applications must be completed by the March 15 deadline to be eligible for need-based financial assistance. Financial aid awards will be mailed in April 2019.
All students who receive need-based financial assistance from DSHA participate in work study. These students are required to work for one semester for about 1.5 hours per week. Job assignments may include working in the cafeteria, assisting with school-wide mailings, or helping teachers with administrative tasks.
The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) provides renewable vouchers for tuition, fees, and textbooks for families who live in the City of Milwaukee and meet the program’s income criteria. DSHA holds its open enrollment period for MPCP in February. Applications are available on February 1 and are due on or before February 20. Incoming families who plan to apply for MPCP should also submit a financial aid application in the fall. Click here for more information on MPCP.
TUITION & FEES
Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $14,170. This does not include books, uniforms or fees. Click below for a complete schedule of fees.
DSHA partners with Smart Tuition for the processing of tuition and fees. Payments can be made directly to Smart Tuition or the DSHA Business Office. Mid-year charges such as course fees and team fees will be billed to parents through their Smart Tuition account. Two payment options are offered:
10 Month Payment Plan (see details below)
Full Pay: Tuition and fees are due in full by July 15, 2018.
10 Month Payment Plan (3.5% nonrefundable processing fee)
Ten monthly payments are made between July 15 and April 15. This option includes a nonrefundable payment processing fee of 3.5% of the payment plan amount. Down payments received before June 15, 2018 will not be subject to the 3.5% processing fee.
The DSHA Incoming Freshman Scholarship Program strives to recognize academic achievement, demonstrated talent and leadership skills achieved by young women. The awards range from $150-$1500 (with an average of $250) and are granted on a one-time, non-renewable basis. Merit scholarship applications are available at Freshman Academic Orientation.
A centennial scholarship may be granted to an incoming student based on her middle school academic performance and a score in at least the 99th percentile on the DSHA entrance exam. This award is renewable. Eligible students are notified by DSHA.
Wisconsin parents/guardians are eligible for a maximum deduction of $4,000/child in grades K-8 and $10,000/child grades 9-12 for eligible payments made during the calendar year. Students transitioning from 8th to 9th grade are eligible for a combined deduction up to $10,000. Amounts spent on tuition and book fees qualify for this deduction. We suggest you contact your tax professional before the end of the calendar year to see how this new credit impacts you.