Affording St. Francis

YES! A St. Francis education is possible for your child!

We are committed to making sure that students who are admitted to the school are able to attend, regardless of their family’s financial situation. We really mean it! We make it a priority to provide financial aid to all qualified families. Our Development Office works to raise these scholarship funds throughout the year through fundraisers, private donations, grants, and corporate giving programs.

  • More than 50% of our students receive need-based aid (that’s over twice the national average in other Independent schools).

Tuition for the 2018-19 school year is:

Preschool Half-Day (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Tuition
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $4,100
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $5,300
4 Day (4’s) $5,800
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $7,000
Preschool Full-Day (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
2 Day (2’s and 3’s) $7,000
3 Day (2’s and 3’s) $9,300
4 Day (4’s) $10,400
5 Day (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) $11,400
2-day: T, Th
3-day: MWF
4-day: T-F 
Extended day options up to 5:30 p.m. are also available. Contact the admissions office for more information.
JK-8 Tuition
JK $11,900
K $15,900
Lower School $19,800
Middle School $21,500
High School Tuition
9th – 12th grade $23,200



We offer several payment plans, including a monthly option, to make tuition payments manageable for our families. Payment plans can be made via FACTS Tuition Services here.

New families wishing to apply for aid are encouraged to complete the admissions application process by January 15th and submit financial aid applications by February 15th. If financial aid forms are submitted by February 15th, awards are made by April 1st.  Our financial aid policy can be downloaded here.

You may apply for financial aid with FACTS Tuition Services by visiting here.  You will need your current year’s tax return to submit along with your online application. Please make arrangements to file your taxes prior to the February 15th deadline so that you can submit the required tax documents along with your application. All supporting documents are mailed or faxed directly to the FACTS company, not to the school.

After these initial deadlines, admission applications and financial aid applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with materials reviewed and awards made in a timely fashion, as space and funds remain available. Families are encouraged to apply early, while funds are still available.


SFS offers both merit and need-based Scholarships. The Merit Scholarship Competition for incoming 6th and 9th graders is held in January each year. Merit Awards include the St. Francis Scholar, the overall winner, who receives a 50% tuition scholarship, and two Scholar Runners-Up, one in math/science and one in the humanities, who receive 25% tuition scholarships.  The 6th grade merit scholarship is a three-year renewable scholarship, and the high school one is a four-year renewable scholarship. Applications (including shadow day) must be completed prior to the Competition. You may register for the competition by emailing or calling Kisha Watts (9th grade competition) or Trisha Amirault (6th grade competition).

Financial aid assistance comes from a general scholarship fund. Within the fund, we have specific scholarship initiatives for students who qualify.

The following are need-based scholarship funds for students fitting specific criteria:

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships – awarded annually in partnership with local and national non-profit organizations that serve at-risk minority youth. These scholarships may be awarded each year to two or more qualified students

New American Scholarships – awarded to students who are immigrants themselves or who are the children of immigrants. These scholarships are normally awarded annually, but depend on the application of relevant students; there can be one or more New American Scholars per year.

Brown-Forman Scholarship –  Brown-Forman has created the Brown-Forman Scholarship, which is a need-based, four-year scholarship to be awarded to a deserving 8th grader from the West End of Louisville to attend St. Francis School. To qualify applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January.  This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Carnighan Scholarships – named in memory of St. Francis School alumnus Michael Carnighan G’84, ’88, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm and aptitude in science and/or mathematics.  To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Cawein Scholarships – named in honor of Madison Cawein, former artist-in-residence. This scholarship is awarded to who has talent and passion for art, and who demonstrates financial need. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship – this scholarship is awarded to a passionate student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm for a new beginning at St. Francis. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader new to St. Francis School.

For more information, please contact:

Kisha Watts – Director of Admissions, Downtown Campus (9th-12th), 502-736-1007,

Trisha Amirault –  Director of Admissions, Goshen Campus (PS-8th), 502-736-1009,