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Mercy Negotiated Tuition

“No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women” -Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

We believe that a quality, faith-based education should be available to any girl who desires it, and such is a view we share with Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.  Our Negotiated Tuition Program provides an individualized covenant between Mercy and each family, respecting family unique needs and income.

Over 82% of our families benefit from this program and annually, $1.8 million in tuition assistance is distributed.  

Mercy High School awards the most financial assistance, per student, than any other high school in the Omaha area.

Financing comes from fundraising events, activities and appeals supported by parents, alumnae, volunteers, friends, faculty and staff.  In additional, funding comes from an endowment established by the Sisters of Mercy and Friends of Mercy.  Students are part of the fundraising mission and are actively involved in these events.

Negotiated Tuition FAQ's

No. Mercy’s is the only plan in which the school President meets with each family to arrive at a tuition figure that is just for the family and the school. Mercy’s Negotiated Tuition is the most individualized program in the area.

The family of every new student has a confidential conference with the President of Mercy High School. To prepare for this conference each family must submit the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, plus provide copies of their most recent Income Tax Return and W-2s, and enter into a realistic conversation to establish a tuition plan. These conferences occur during March and April after the student registers for classes at Mercy.

There are numerous academic scholarships available. These scholarships are based solely on the results of the Scholarship & Placement Exam taken in January at Mercy. Each school year over $60,000 may be awarded to students.

Yes. Over 75% of the juniors, sophomores and freshmen participate in the work study program. They are assigned light housekeeping, secretarial jobs or special projects. The students complete their work study on a daily basis either before or after school, or during their study hall.

Yes. Many local parishes, schools and Catholic organizations offer scholarships. You will need to contact them. In January applications are available to you for the Omaha Archdiocese Education Fund (OAEF). You will need to complete and submit the OAEF application.

Yes, there are registration and activities fees for each student. Books and uniforms must also be purchased.  Students also must own a generation 5 iPad or higher (minimum 16 GB).

Yes. Each parent participates in at least two Mercy fundraising activities a year. Everyone volunteers for FIESTA (our annual auction dinner) and is asked to assist with at least one other activity. Parent’s time and talent are valued and appreciated contributions to Mercy High School.

Mercy’s Negotiated Tuition is a morally just, confidential, individualized covenant between Mercy and each family, respecting each family’s needs and income, and providing equal access. This program has been a successful part of Mercy since 1990.*

*Mercy High School is committed to making this educational choice possible for every girl who wants to attend Mercy. It is expected that each family will be equally committed. Therefore, every family must pay tuition.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

To help provide convenience and clarity to our tuition customization process, FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting our financial need analysis for the 2019-2020 school year.  This is the same online assessment used by all Omaha-area Catholic high schools and by many elementary schools in our Archdiocese.

Online Application

Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Applicants will apply online for a nominal fee of $35.


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Once an online application has been completed, the following information will need to be sent to FACTS to complete the application process:

  • Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules.
  • Copies of your W-2 forms for both you and your spouse.
  • Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in PDF format online. Documentation may also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264.  If you need additional assistance about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.

One Application – Note Special Deadline

Your FACTS assessment will also be used to determine your family’s eligibility for Archdiocese High School Tuition Assistance, so only one application is necessary.  To qualify for Mercy High School and Archdiocesan assistance, your application and documentation must be submitted to FACTS no later than March 1.  Any concerns about this deadline can be directed to Mercy High School President's office.