CLARIFICATION: Archdiocese says no significant tuition hikes expected at area schools

CLARIFICATION: Archdiocese says no significant tuition hikes expected at area schools

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - We want to make a clarification about a story we ran Tuesday dealing with tuition at Archdiocese of New Orleans schools.

In our story, we reported that the Archdiocese said significant tuition hikes were on the horizon next year at its 22 Catholic high schools. But according to the Archdiocese, that isn't the case. The Archdiocese said today:

"It is certainly true that tuition rates can gradually increase over time, but there are no expected 'significant hikes' at either the elementary or secondary level."

The Archdiocese says each school sets its own tuition rates depending on budgets.

Again, the Archdiocese said today that there are no significant hikes expected at area Catholic schools next year.


For native New Orleanians, Dr. Jan Lancaster, the superintendent of Catholic schools, shares something you already know.

"There's such pride in what high school you attended in New Orleans," she said.

"Catholic education is very strong academically, but we're so much more. And I think that's what makes us different," Lancaster said.

To give you an idea of just how much it already costs to attend a Catholic high school in New Orleans, we looked at several schools. This year the tuition and fees at the Academy of the Scared Heart on St. Charles Avenue costs $18,000 per year for grades nine through 12. At Holy Rosary High it's $11,850. At Brother Martin, it's $9,780.

Lancaster insists there's financial help available to cover some of the cost.

"I really encourage the family to get in touch with the school to see if there's tuition assistance available," she said. "After that, they're also welcome to contact our office. We have what we call the Champions of Catholic Education, which is a program we put in place a few years ago which once again helps makes Catholic education affordable."

In some cases, based on need, Lancaster said families can get thousands of dollars from the schools and a state program called the Tuition Donation Rebate Program. And if the student qualifies for scholarships, the price comes down even more.

Lancaster said you won't know how much you can get unless you apply.

"We really want to ensure that if a parent wants to send their child to a Catholic school that we can help them with the affordability, and the tuition will not be problematic," she said.

Lancaster urges parents considering a Catholic education for their children to shop around at open houses scheduled through October and November.

"You want to look at the right fit for your child - that's paramount," she said. "I invite parents to take their children, go through the different high schools and see which high school resonates with him or her."

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