Scholarships & Aid

In keeping with the vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph, no student has ever been denied admission solely on the basis of her family’s ability to pay full tuition.

We recognize that tuition can feel prohibitive to many families and we are committed to making SJA accessible and affordable for all admitted students. We value a school community that includes students with a variety of economic backgrounds.

Students and families are encouraged to apply for financial aid and to explore the merit scholarships available. Each year, SJA offers more than $600,000 in financial aid and $47,305 in merit awards. To learn more about opportunities available to you and your family, please explore the Financial Aid and Scholarships sections below.

We also encourage parents of prospective students to join us for an informational Learning Lunch: Finances and Food program on Friday, October 4, or on Friday, November 8, 2019, in the Mother Alice Hall Community Room, 12-1 p.m. President Jan Breen and members of our Finance team will discuss tuition and financial aid opportunities. Please RSVP here.

Financial Aid

The philosophy of SJA’s tuition assistance program is that an Academy education be available to all young ladies who wish to attend and have the academic ability and motivation to succeed.

Families applying for tuition assistance must do so annually, since family circumstances can change and the amount available for tuition assistance changes every year. The application is done online through a secure, third-party vendor, which streamlines the data-collection process and ensures that financial aid is granted to those families who are most in need. The vendor collects and compiles the data and makes recommendations based upon factors specific to the local economy; however, the SJA Tuition Assistance Committee will make all final decisions regarding financial aid.

Applying for tuition assistance is done online. For 2020-2021, the application period begins February 1, 2020, for returning students and February 20, 2020, for new students. The application period closes on March 23, 2020. Please direct questions about tuition assistance to Jane Pardi at (225) 388-2234 or

Merit-Based Scholarships

Josephine Bahlinger Award

Named in honor of St. Joseph’s Academy’s first graduate, Josephine Bahlinger, class of 1877, this $4,000 award toward freshman-year tuition will be given to five incoming 9th grade students based on the following criteria:

•  Outstanding academic performance in elementary school
•  A history of standardized test scores in the 90th percentile
•  Service to school and/or community
•  Exemplary conduct record
•  Active participation in co-curricular activities
•  Award essay
•  Personal interview

How to Apply

The application process opens on October 1. The award application (including essay) is due with the student’s application for admission to St. Joseph’s Academy.

Award Interviews

Interviews will be conducted during our applicant/family interviews in January.

Award Winners

Five award winners will be selected from the pool of finalists. They will receive a $4,000 tuition award as well as the $575 registration fee. Award winners will be notified in their SJA acceptance packet.

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The 1868 Award

Since our founding in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph’s Academy has been a place where young women explore their interests, find their passions and discover their unique gifts. The 1868 Award celebrates the exceptional achievements of young women in an area or activity of particular interest to them, including but not limited to the arts, service, community involvement, the STEM disciplines, leadership or extracurricular activities. 

The 1868 Award provides $1,868 toward freshman-year tuition for 10 incoming 9th graders. 

How to Apply

The application process opens on October 1. The award application is due with the student’s application for admission to St. Joseph’s Academy. The application process also requires a recommendation be submitted by an adult (teacher, coach, youth group leader or neighbor/family friend) who is not related to the applicant.

The deadline for the application and the recommendation is November 22, 2019.

Award Winners

Ten award winners will be selected and will be notified in their SJA acceptance packet.



Contact Us

For questions regarding admissions at SJA or the application process, please contact our Director of Admissions:
Meredith Smith
Director of Admissions
(225) 388-2243

There are so many reasons why St. Joseph’s Academy is a great fit for every girl. To learn more about SJA, visit our Why SJA page.