Tuition & Assistance

Tuition & Fees for 2020-2021

The doors of St. Cecilia Academy are open to students and families of all socio-economic backgrounds who desire to be a part of the mission and vision of the school. We are proud of the geographic, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of our students. Our students come from 45 different zip codes, and 39% of our students receive need-based Tuition Assistance. The St. Cecilia Academy experience is enhanced and enriched by the growing rich diversity and inclusiveness welcoming spirit of its student body, and the school tries hard to work individually with each family, regardless of financial situation.
Tuition - $18,950
Books and course fees vary depending on a student's schedule.

Registration Fee - $350
Consumable supplies, laboratory fees, handbooks, some student activities

Need-Based Tuition Assistance

St. Cecilia Academy offers need-based Tuition Assistance and Scholarships as determined by the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application, a third-party financial institution, to qualified students.

In order for a student to be considered for any Scholarship or Tuition Assistance, the parent must submit an application for admission as well as the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Application. FACTS applications are available here.

TSSAA Tuition & Financial Aid Rules

Questions about Tuition Assistance? Contact Kimberly Songy,

As part of your FACTS application, you will be required to mail or fax the following documents to FACTS: 
2019 IRS Federal Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040-EZ U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. If applicant and co-applicant file separately, FACTS requires both tax returns for the same tax year, including all schedules. Copies of all 2019 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement for both you and your spouse. In the case of divorced families, both parties must complete and submit the Financial Aid Grant and Assessment and submit the necessary forms to FACTS.

FACTS will collect all supporting documents and create the report to send St. Cecilia Academy. 

No Tuition Assistance awards will be given if these steps are not taken. Please note: Families receiving Tuition Assistance must re-apply each year through FACTS. 

Questions about FACTS? Contact Denise Hayes,


This four-year scholarship is designed for students whose families have a great financial need and whose daughter has high academic potential. With this scholarship, St. Cecilia pledges to give the family to whom it is awarded the full demonstrated need up to $10,000. The recipients must apply each year for tuition assistance with FACTS. If the family has a change in the financial assessment and displays less or no demonstrated need in subsequent years, SCA reserves the right to reallocate tuition assistance to families who qualify for tuition assistance. Please make a reservation to sit for the exam by contacting 

There are two dates for the Principal’s Scholarship Essay Exam: January 12 at 3:30 p.m. or January 29 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia Academy.

To apply for this scholarship, families must do the following:
  • Submit the student’s application, recommendations, and transcripts by February 1, 2021.
  • Take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Submit the tuition assistance application to FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment (provided online at


Based on the student’s financial need and that require a written essay. The student must write a 250-word typed essay in answer to the question of, “As a St. Cecilia girl, how will you contribute to the St. Cecilia community in the interest area of the scholarship for which you are applying?” We ask the student to indicate on the top of her essay the scholarship for which she is applying.

This essay is due by Feb. 20, 2021 via mail, delivery, or e-mail

The Agnes Eckhardt Nixon Scholarship – Awarded to qualified students interested in the arts who, because of financial circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend. Established in 1990 by Agnes, an SCA graduate of 1940, who was a contributor to the arts.

The Lisa Pendergrass Johnson Memorial Scholarship - Honors Lisa, a St. Cecilia graduate of the Class of 1982, who demonstrated faith and service in her daily life.

The Megan Whaley Scholarship - Memorial award named after an SCA sophomore who was an exceptional athlete and excellent role model for many other students. This Community Foundation grant will provide assistance for girls who wish to attend and demonstrate need.

The Alma Wehby Memorial Scholarship – Designated for a family with financial need. Established in memory of Alma by her sister, Elizabeth, who was dedicated to supporting Catholic education. The scholarship started in 2014 through a bequest in Elizabeth’s will.

The Andrea and Samantha Wheatley Scholarship – Awarded to a qualified minority Asian student expressing financial need.

The Anne Louise Eidell Wall Scholarship – For incoming students demonstrating financial need, especially minority students.

The Dr. Henry Schmitt Scholarship – Awarded to a St. Cecilia student with several siblings whose family is committed to providing a Catholic education for their daughter.

The Guadalupe Scholarship – Awarded to a qualified minority Hispanic student with financial need.

The Helen M. and George L. Smith Scholarship – Award is based on the review of the grades earned in the first semester of 8th grade. Minimum B average required.

The Janelle Nickens Warwick Scholarship – Provides tuition assistance for young women with financial need.

The Jesse and Anita Harris Scholarship – Provides need-based tuition assistance for a student from Christ the King Parish School. Established in 2008 by the Bodell Family.

The Karen and William Goodyear Scholarship, in memory of Dolly Schultz – Karen wanted to honor her mother, so this SCA alumna and her husband created the scholarship for deserving young women who demonstrate financial need.

The Kathleen Dyer Abbey Scholarship – In memory of “Kathy,” who graduated in 1982, and who was an exceptionally caring and loving young lady. The award goes to qualified students who exhibits those same qualities.

The Margaret Bost Scholarship – For deserving students from Holy Name and St. Joseph parishes.

The Mary Friel Brown Scholarship – Mary Friel Brown, a 1932 graduate, established this scholarship through a bequest in her will for students who need and qualify for financial need.

The Mary Sue and Joel Cheek Scholarship – Great supporters of Catholic education who wanted to help students with a demonstrated financial need.

The Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League’s Aurelia Varallo Mariani Scholarship – In memory of beloved graduate of the Class of 1951, for an incoming Catholic freshman based on academic, extracurricular and financial qualifications. 4-year award.

The Pamela Hathcock deZevallos, Flora Bentley deZevallos and Willie Bentley Horstmann Scholarship – Awarded to a student with interest in both academics and athletics based on financial need.

The Patrick and Ann Marie McRedmond Scholarship – Established in 1987 for students who need and qualify for financial assistance.

The Regina Higdon Scholarship – Memorial scholarship designed to help graduates of Christ the King School who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and exhibit a love for the arts. The Community Foundation provides the application and funding at Applicants for this award must apply directly to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The St. Cecilia Academy Alumnae Association Scholarship – Legacy award for the daughter, granddaughter, or sister of an alumna of St. Cecilia Academy with demonstrated financial need.

The SCA Class of 1971 Scholarship – 4-year award to a good student with demonstrated outside interests in service, sports, music, fine arts, etc.

The SCA Class of 1976 Scholarship – 4-year award to a student with a commitment to service.

The SCA Class of 2011, 150th Anniversary Scholarship -Tuition assistance for young women with financial need.

The Sara Hynes Lea Scholarship – Provides tuition assistance for young women with financial need.

The Sr. Annunciata Roesslein and Sr. Louise Marie Roesslein Scholarship – For students with qualified financial need.

The St. Jude Fine Arts Scholarship – Incoming freshman who is especially interested in the fine arts, theater, or forensics.


The Chip Dobbs Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a rising senior with financial need who demonstrates Chip’s characteristics of leadership, initiative and ability to overcome obstacles.

The Lisa Elcan Bruner Memorial Award – Awarded to the senior voted The St. Cecilia Girl.

The Lynn Robert Fredericksen Memorial Scholarship – Rising junior or senior who demonstrates interest in American history, Model UN or Youth Legislature with demonstrated financial need.

The Wieck Family Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a rising sophomore, junior, or senior who shows a commitment to SCA and whose family is encountering financial hardship but is committed to a Catholic education for their daughter.

The William T. Coakley Memorial Scholarship – Rising senior who demonstrates interest and ability in entrepreneurship and has demonstrated financial need. Requires two letters of recommendation and essay.

The Beverly Deal Ammarell (’69) Scholarship – On the occasion of her 50th reunion, the Ammarrell family set up this scholarship to honor their mother’s strength, her dedication to academic excellence, and her devotion to St. Cecilia Academy. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrates a desire to study in the fields of engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. A cumulative minimum B average in all math and science classes is required, and the award is based on the review of grades earned throughout the recipient’s career at St. Cecilia Academy.

Parish Subsidies

For Catholic families, please note that the Parishes listed below offer subsidies to their Parishioners who regularly attend Mass and tithe. 

Each Parish that provides a subsidy independently determines their amount and directly submits a check to St. Cecilia Academy. The St. Cecilia Academy Business Office deducts the amount from your Tuition balance. These checks are typically received during the Fall semester.

For additional information, please contact Denise Hayes

Click on the name of your Parish, download the Subsidy Form, and submit it to your Parish's Business Office.