Financing a Salpointe Education

Salpointe is committed to helping ensure that admitted students have the opportunity to attend Salpointe Catholic High School, regardless of economic circumstance. Please do not let the cost of tuition deter you from considering Salpointe Catholic High School. 50% of Salpointe’s student body receives some form of financial aid.

Tuition & Financial Aid

A Salpointe education is an investment in your student’s future!

Salpointe Catholic High School strives to make a holistic, Catholic, college‐prep education a reality for families from all corners of Southern Arizona. Regardless of economic, academic or ethnic backgrounds, 99% of Lancer graduates attend college. We encourage all students to apply for admission to Salpointe even if they have questions about their family’s ability to pay full tuition.

Beginning in August 2020, Salpointe Catholic High School will have a New Student Tuition and a Returning Student Tuition. New Student Tuition is for students who will be attending Salpointe for the first time and will include the cost of a Chromebook. Returning Student Tuition is for students who have completed the 2019-2020 school year at Salpointe. 

New Student Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $10,550. Tuition for new students includes the cost of the student's Chromebook, which will be distributed at Orientation in August.

Returning Student Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $10,150.
A registration fee of $300 for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors covers ID card, admission to Fine Arts and Athletic home events, yearbook, drug testing and service programs. 

A registration fee of $525 for seniors includes all of the items listed above, as well as graduation and Kairos. The registration fee will be paid when you complete your tuition contract (after admission is granted).
Families are required to purchase their students' textbooks and uniforms. Other fees, such as AP Test fees, will be paid by parents through the SMART Tuition shopping cart. Participation in co‐curricular and extracurricular activities may require fees.

Financial Aid Questions

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  • How do I apply for Salpointe Financial Aid?

    You won’t know if you qualify unless you apply. The application for financial aid is separate from the application for admission, although the two application cycles do overlap. First, apply for admission to Salpointe if you are a prospective student. Next, families applying for financial aid must complete the Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) application. Use school code 800 and school password ctso800. Once you submit your application and supporting documents, look for an email from FAIR confirming that your application is complete.
  • What is the deadline to apply for Salpointe Financial Aid?

    To receive a Financial Aid Award, you must be a current Salpointe Student and apply to Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR).

    Round one of Financial Aid Awards has passed for the current school year.  The final round of Financial Aid will close on April 20, 2020. Those families will receive notification by the end of May 2020.
  • What kind of Salpointe Financial Aid is available?

    Salpointe can provide financial aid through a variety of funding sources: Salpointe’s Financial Aid Endowment, Salpointe’s General Financial Aid Fund and tax credits designated to Salpointe through Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO).
  • How is Salpointe Financial Aid awarded?

    Salpointe financial aid is awarded to current and newly admitted students on the basis of demonstrated need, as determined by factors such as income, family size, assets and liabilities. Families are required to reapply on a yearly basis through FAIR for financial aid consideration.
  • What is the average Salpointe Financial Aid award?

    Salpointe financial aid award amounts are based on need and determined after reviewing all applications. Award amounts generally range from $500‐$3500. For maximum consideration, please apply to Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) by the January 17 deadline. The late application deadline is April 20.
  • Are there additional Financial Aid sources available?

    Salpointe strongly encourages its families to pursue additional funding opportunities that may be available for your student through Arizona individual and corporate tax credits and other need‐based Student Tuition Organizations (STOs). Please visit websites for actual application deadlines. Below is a list of recommended STOs that work closely with Salpointe and its families.
    Click here for a complete list of School Tuition Organizations (STOs) certified to receive contributions for the Arizona Individual Tax Credit Program.

    A School Tuition Organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely based on a donor's recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a state tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer's own dependent.

  • What if I missed Open House?

    If you missed Open House and have questions about the financial aid process, please contact our Financial Aid Manager, Theresa Lehrling.  Theresa can be reached via email at or via phone at 520.547.9366 (email works best).


    IBE will be offering a Zoom webinar so that our Salpointe families gain a better understanding of the tax credit scholarship process.  The July meeting info is as follows:

    July 28, 2020 @ 4:00 PM 
    Topic: Salpointe Tax Credit Webinar (The webinar will be held in both English and Spanish)

    You can register in advance for this webinar at:
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  • What is the ESA Program?

    The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, which began in the 2011-2012 school year, is the new frontier in school choice.
    ESA was expanded in 2012 to include students in failing schools, foster care children, and children of military personnel, in addition to special needs students.

    This legislation makes every child eligible to enter the program (phased-in over 4 years and subject to enrollment caps).

    The average ESA amount is $5,000.
    Who Qualifies?
    In order to be eligible for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program for the 2019-2020 school year, a student must reside in Arizona and must have been enrolled in an Arizona public or charter school for 100 days of the 2018-2019 school year.

    If you are seeking financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits for your student in excess of $5000, please do not apply for the ESA Program.
    If you are seeking financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits for less than $5,000, the ESA program could be an option for you. Please note that if you are accepted into the ESA Program and receive an award, you cannot combine that award with any other financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits.

    Click here for additional information about the ESA Program and how to apply.
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Salpointe Merit Scholarships

Incoming Freshmen are considered for a $1,000 Freshmen Year Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is based on the student's High School Placement Test (HSPT) scores. All incoming freshmen who are admitted to Salpointe in the 1st Round are evaluated for a merit scholarship.

Meet Our Financial Aid Manager

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    Theresa Lehrling 

    Financial Aid Manager

Salpointe Catholic High School

1545 E. Copper St.,
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 327-6581
Attendance: (520) 327-1990
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