It is part of our mission to ensure that an OLSH education is accessible to all families who desire it. OLSH offers a comprehensive Tuition Assistance Program to provide financial support.
OLSH offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarship opportunities for our students. These scholarships, amounting to $173,500 awarded to students annually, are made possible through the generosity of our loyal donors.
OLSH financial aid is available to assist families in affording an OLSH education. Families demonstrating need are awarded at least 45% of the cost of tuition and those with the highest demonstrated need can receive up to 75% in aid. Financial eligibility is determined by the third-party company, FACTS, which processes the Grant and Aid Application.
Students are generally eligible for OLSH financial aid if their family household incomes are less than $108,444 plus $19,088 for each dependent child in the family in 2023-2024.
Diocesan Bishop's Education Fund: Application due March 15
The Diocese of Pittsburgh's Bishop's Education Fund (BEF) program is independent of the OLSH tuition assistance program. BEF monies are available for families applying to OLSH who are registered members of a Catholic parish within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These monies are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the Diocese, and are typically awarded over the summer.
To apply for BEF monies, complete your FACTS application for OLSH as normal, indicating your intent to apply for BEF where listed in the application. Be sure to also complete the Pastor Verification Form, have your pastor sign the form, and submit it to the OLSH Business Office as soon as possible.
The Children’s Scholarship Fund: Application due May 31
Students who live within the boundaries of a low-achieving school are eligible to receive funds from the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program through The Children’s Scholarship Fund of Pennsylvania (CSFP). The low-achieving schools are determined annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and can be viewed on their website Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (pa.gov).
The amounts awarded through CSFP vary from year to year but have historically ranged from 20-30% of a student’s remaining balance after other financial aid was applied. The OLSH Business Office will notify families when the application period is open, and it is the responsibility of the family to submit necessary paperwork to the program.
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JA): Application due April 1
Students participating in a JA program are eligible to apply for special scholarships offered by JA. OLSH students may join the JA Volunteers group at OLSH which travels to local elementary schools to teach JA lessons. OLSH also offers a JA class to students in the spring. Learn more about Junior Achievement.
The Crossroads Foundation: Application opens in October
OLSH is a host high school for Crossroads Foundation Scholars. This program provides financial and academic support to students demonstrating potential and financial need. Learn more about the Crossroads Foundation.
Additional aid may be available through other local non-profit organizations including the Knights of Columbus, The Kyle B. Wilson Foundation, the Best of the Batch Foundation, and the The Poise Foundation. For more information on these programs please visit their websites. Please note that additional scholarships may be available through other organizations such as your parish, elementary school, American Legion, and others.