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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

2019-2020 Base Tuition: $24,215

Good Counsel seeks to provide a quality college preparatory education at the most affordable rate possible. Our tuition fees are set annually by the Good Counsel Board of Directors in January. Tuition rates include daily lunch for students. Tuition does not cover the cost of books, uniforms, or extracurricular activities fees. However, five books are provided by the State of Maryland at no charge to every student. A registration fee is charged to all new students and a graduation fee is charged in the student's Senior year.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $60
  • Registration Deposit: $1,000
  • Graduation Fee | Seniors Only: $325
  • iPad Educational Program Fee | One-time: $742
  • Materials and Activities Fee | Annual: $60
  • Parents' Association Dues | Annual: $30
  • Registration Fee | One-time: $260

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:

Good Counsel offers financial aid to qualified families to help reduce the total cost of tuition. We encourage all students, both new and returning, to complete the online tuition assistance forms each year. These forms take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Good Counsel uses FACTS (Nelnet tuition services) for the collection and initial evaluation of financial data. FACTS does not decide whether financial aid will be given or how much to give. FACTS provides a need-based financial analysis service.


Outside Sources for Financial Aid and Loans

Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program
Your Tuition’s Solution Loans
Shepherd Foundation

Methods of Payment:

Good Counsel offers three plans for tuition payment.
  1. One installment with a $205 discount off of base tuition if paid by June 15
  2. Two installments, 50% due in June and 50% due in November
  3. Ten installments monthly beginning in June and ending in March


Financial Aid Notification Letters:

  • Notification letters for incoming 9th graders will be mailed in their notification packets in late February 2020.
  • Notification letters for current Good Counsel families will be mailed by the end of February 2020.


Do I have to enroll even if I intend to pay (or have already paid) my tuition in full?

Yes, enrollment is needed because incidental billings will be managed through FACTS. FACTS is our school approved tuition management vendor.

When will I know how much I owe in tuition?

The school will send you a tuition notice in May. If applicable, the tuition notice will reflect any financial aid that has been awarded. FACTS will send a reminder of your scheduled automatic payment 4 days before the payment is due and will use email reminders and phone calls for past due tuition.

I am divorced and the tuition is split between me and my ex-spouse. How will this be handled?

Each parent must enroll in FACTS. A written communication from each parent detailing the tuition obligation of each must be on file with the school for the purpose of administering the tuition payments. After that, each parent will be billed through FACTS according to the approved plan on file. The school will withhold academic records for any student whose tuition is not paid in full, regardless of which parent is in arrears.

Are there any fees I should be aware of?

FACTS assesses the following fees:

  • $30 fee for returned payments
  • 2.85% processing fee for credit cards
  • $20 or $50 enrollment fee dependent on the payment plan

What if I want a payment schedule different from what I originally signed up for?

All requests for an alternate payment arrangements must be sent to Dylan Zablocki at dzablocki@olgchs.org. Under any payment arrangement, the first tuition installment must be paid in June. The tuition deposit is not considered the first installment under your payment plan. Your billing will reflect the new arrangement if approved. Additional payments can always be applied ahead of the posted schedule.

Scholarship Opportunities

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is proud to offer a number of scholarship opportunities to our students. Please view the scholarships below and download a PDF version of the application or contact the specific department or organization in charge.

Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen

These awards are renewable annually. All scholarship awards vary in amount.

Cashen Bohlander '18 Memorial Scholarship

Given in memory of Cashen Bohlander, this need-based scholarship is awarded to a student accepted into the Ryken Studies Program who possesses similar qualities to Cashen including her commitment to hard work, compassion for others, and perseverance.

Fine Arts Scholarship

Fine Arts Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen students. Applicants are required to audition and interview with the Fine Arts Department.

Speech & Fine Arts Scholarship Information

James T. McKenna Memorial Scholarship

Given in memory of James T. McKenna, this scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients are selected by the school administration. No additional application required.

John Doyle '76 Scholarship

Given in memory of John Doyle '76, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding eighth-grade student graduating from St. Mary of the Mills in Laurel, Maryland, and attending Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. No additional application required.

Peggy Ghent Memorial Scholarship

In Peggy Ghent’s memory, the family has established the Peggy Ghent Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to an incoming Good Counsel freshman student from St. Peter’s School who has a strong record of service to the elderly. No additional application required.

Rick Miller STEM Scholarship

The Rick Miller STEM Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support for students accepted into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program and who show demonstrated financial need. The purpose of this fund is to provide annual, renewable scholarships for current or incoming students who show a passion and aptitude for continuing study in a STEM-related field. No additional application required.

Speech and Debate Scholarship

Speech and Debate Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen students. Applicants are required to participate in the Speech and Debate competition.

Speech & Fine Arts Scholarship Information

Xaverian Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded based on Archdiocesan High School Placement Test performance, academic, and co-curricular achievement. No additional application required.