Scholarships & Financial Aid

St. Joseph’s Prep is proud to announce a full-tuition scholarship.

The Arete Scholarship, funded by Michelle and Chris Gangemi ’65, is the Prep’s new
premiere full-tuition scholarship and will be awarded annually
to a student applicant who shows high academic prowess and also has financial need.

Academic & Music Scholarships/Awards

The following Academic/Merit Scholarships & Awards are awarded on merit to a select group of 8th grade applicants. At this time, there are no merit scholarships available for transfer candidates. Transfer candidates can apply for assistance via the Prep’s Financial Aid program.
  • Provides a four-year, full-tuition financial aid scholarship to 1 student
  • Families are required to submit a Financial Aid application (TADS application) for consideration
  • Click HERE to learn more about the Arete Scholarship
  • Provides a four-year, full-tuition merit scholarship to 1 student
  • Student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.5
  • Note: St. Joseph Scholars are selected from a pool of Ignatian Scholarship recipients
  • Provides a $15,000 award annually to approximately 10 students
  • Student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.3
  • Provides a $10,000 award annually to approximately 20 students
  • Student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.0
Eligibility requirements for St. Joseph/Ignatian/Xaverian consideration: Outstanding performance on the entrance exam (typically in the 98-99th percentiles), excellent academic profile, history of leadership and service, an enthusiastic teacher recommendation, and an exceptional entrance exam essay.  Students in contention for St. Joseph/Ignatian/Xaverian scholarships will be invited to a scholarship interview in early December.

  • Provides a $6,500 award annually
  • Number of student recipients varies each year based on the applicant pool
Eligibility Requirements for President/Principal Award consideration: Superior performance on entrance exam (typically in the 94-97th percentiles), strong grade school transcripts, and a strong entrance exam essay.

  • Provides a $6,000 award annually to approximately 3 students
  • Student must maintain good standing with at least one music program ensemble at the Prep. Video submissions should be sent via email to by Friday, November 1.  More information on how to audition for the Music Scholarship is coming soon.
Eligibility requirements for Music Scholarship consideration: an exceptional personal audition, strong academic in grade school and on the Entrance Exam. 

  • Provides $3,000 annually to sons of First Responders, Military, K-8 Educators, and HBCU Graduates and Employees
  • For more information on the Affinity Awards program, please click here
  • Eligible families should complete THIS FORM by Sunday, December 1.
Several scholarships (such as the Howley Scholars Program, the Maguire Scholars Program, and the Quattrone Scholars Program) are tied to the Financial Aid process and can provide anywhere from $3,000 to full-tuition annually.  Where applicable, Academic/Merit Scholarships and Awards can be combined with additional Financial Aid awards. Final determination of all Academic Scholarship & Grant recipients are made by the Admissions Committee.

Financial Aid

The Prep is committed to providing an education to talented students, regardless of their financial situations. To support the realization of this institutional mission, we have a comprehensive financial aid program in an effort to enroll students of strong academic potential and good character, with diverse talents, varied interests and backgrounds.

Due to limits placed on the financial aid budget, funding is not guaranteed and each family is expected to use all available resources in paying for the education of their child. This includes resources from both parents even if divorced or separated, step parents, grandparents or other relatives, church funds, outside scholarships or grants, or any student earnings. Financial aid awards - in the form of a Work Grant or Brother’s Reduction - help bridge the gap between what a family can afford and the full cost of a St. Joseph’s Prep education. In some cases, financial aid awards can be combined with merit scholarships.

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  • Work Grant

    Financial aid (i.e. financial assistance provided that is not a merit scholarship) will be awarded to the student in the form of a “WORK GRANT.” He will be asked to work in a clerical capacity at a time that is convenient for him. There will be a work requirement of one marking period. He may choose the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th marking period and the time of day, before or after school. A marking period is eight weeks in length; work lasts l/2 hour per day, five days per week.
  • Brothers' Reduction

    A Brothers' Reduction is possible for second and third siblings attending concurrently.  The financial aid process via TADS must be completed to be considered for a Brothers' Reduction. The Financial Aid Committee will award a Brothers' Reduction in the range of $3,000 to $6,000 based on income level.

Please note:

The application for admission to St. Joseph ‘s Prep will ask whether or not financial assistance is requested, however, a separate TADS application must be completed.

TADS Application

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete an online Financial Aid application using the Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). TADS will conduct financial need assessments for families that need assistance in paying tuition. Applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of a family's demonstrated financial need via the TADS application. This process involves information of an inherently personal nature and SJP adheres to the highest standards of confidentiality.

All TADS applications are reviewed and summaries are presented to the Financial Aid Committee. The Committee makes recommendations for awards but the ultimate decision is made by the Director of Financial Aid. Freshmen Financial Aid award letters are mailed no later than the second week in January. Returning families will receive award letters in the spring. In the event that the financial aid award is insufficient for re-enrollment, the tuition deposit will be returned. All final decisions regarding financial aid are made by the Prep. TADS does not receive/acquire this information.

Using a TADS Application

A financial aid committee reviews the applicants in order to make award decisions. It is recommended to download the application worksheet so that you may gather all necessary information prior to applying.

Please remember: You must include photocopies of all supporting documentation requested by the application. Please do not send originals.

Supporting documentation must be sent right away, so processing is not delayed: most recent W2 statements, most recent paystub, most recent federal tax form, most recent corporate tax return (if applicable), any 1099s, and documentation for all other sources of income (social security, welfare, food stamps, unemployment, child support, workers compensation, etc.) [*most recent could be 2023 financials].

Additional TADS Help

Click here for special instructions for sections of the TADS application form.

Deadlines for Financial Aid Application

Incoming Freshman Families
November 1, 2024
Incoming Freshman Families with a brother concurrently attending SJP
November 1, 2024
Returning Families Requesting Aid or already Receiving Aid
February 7, 2025

Additional Information

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  • Special Note to Returning Families

    The Prep recognizes that families’ financial circumstances often change year to year and in order to track those changing needs each family receiving aid is required to submit financial paperwork each year (this includes all Brothers’ Reductions). If you do not resubmit your financial paperwork and apply through TADS you will not receive any financial assistance for the 2025-26 school year. Families who are not receiving aid but are in financial need should apply as well. New allocations of financial aid may be awarded on a year-to-year basis for current students.
  • Divorced or Separated Parents

    In dealing with divorced or separated parents, the goal of the financial aid office is to gather as much information as possible from both parties, as well as from the spouses of either or both. Each situation is unique and will be handled on an individual basis.
    In the case of divorced or separated parents, each parent retains the obligation to contribute to the education of his or her son, regardless of whether a legal agreement to do so exists. In this instance, both parents must complete a required Financial Aid application either jointly or separately. Financial aid grants will be made only after considering the financial resources of BOTH parents. In the case of separated and/or divorced parents, no information will be given by the school to either parent regarding the other parent's financial disclosures. The assets of both parents will be considered before making any award; the assertion that one parent has disclaimed responsibility for educational expenses does not apply.
    In the case in which one parent has no contact with his child, the custodial parent should submit third-party verification (from clergy, school administration, etc.) regarding the other parent’s absence.
  • Appeals Process

    To appeal the Financial Aid Committee’s decision (to request either an increase in the original award granted or a reconsideration in the event of a zero award), one of the following criteria should be met:
    1. 2024 income has declined by at least 10% compared to 2023 income; or
    2. The family recently suffered a hardship that had negative consequences for the family’s finances. (A detailed explanation is required.)
    For incoming freshmen, a letter must be sent to the Director of Financial Aid by February 1 in order to be reconsidered for any additional aid. Registration must be completed, and an Enrollment Contract and deposit must be received before a letter of appeal will be considered. If the additional aid is not satisfactory, you will receive a refund of deposit. For returning families, a letter must be sent to the Director of Financial Aid by April 28 in order to be considered for any additional aid. An Enrollment Contract and deposit must be received before a letter of appeal will be considered. If the additional aid is not satisfactory, you will receive a refund of deposit.
    All appeals (FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN AND RETURNING FAMILIES) will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Families that appeal will automatically be placed on a waitlist.

    Families are welcome to check on the status of their appeal at any time but notification will only take place in the event of an increase or new allocation. 
  • Outside Scholarship Sources

    For information on scholarships from non-SJP organizations and foundations, please click here.

Contact Information

Financial Aid Questions

Brian McCloskey
Director of Financial Aid

TADS Applications Questions

If you are having trouble with an aspect of the online TADS application, please call 1-800-477-8237, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST or email
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