Negotiated Tuition

negotiated tuition

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 awards the most financial assistance per student of any other metro area high school.


For the current school year, Mercy awarded over $1.6 million in tuition assistance benefiting 85% of our families.


Are all Negotiated Tuition Plans in Omaha the same?
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.


How is Mercy’s process unique from other negotiated tuition processes?
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 complete and submit a Family Financial Review created by Mercy, 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.


Are there also scholarships available to attend Mercy High School?
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.


Does Mercy have a work study program?
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.


Are there other sources of tuition support for our daughter?
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.


Are there additional costs?
Yes, there are registration and activities fees for each student. Books and uniforms must also be purchased.


Do all parents participate in Mercy High School fundraising activities?
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 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.


See what some members of the Mercy community have to say about Negotiated Tuition.




Financial Aid

Students wanting to attend Mercy High School have many opportunities for scholarships and other forms of Financial Aid. In addition to our Negotiated Tuition, students can also apply for grants, scholarships and work study.


Mercy offers more than 20 scholarships to incoming freshmen based solely on the January Scholarship & Placement Exam scores. These scholarships range from $2,000 to $6,000 over four years, and total more than $65,000 annually! By agreement, only one Catholic high school may offer you a scholarship based on your placement test scores. So, in order to be considered for a Mercy scholarship, you must take the test at Mercy!