Affording NWC

the best investment you WIll make

Because Northwest Catholic is a college preparatory school, we recognize that most our families are saving for their children’s college education. Despite these demands, our families understand how NWC is an investment in their child's future. Here are just a few reasons why:

Our graduates are accepted to competitive colleges and universities across the country.

In the past five years alone, NWC graduates have been accepted to Brown, Holy Cross, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Harvard, Yale, and many more top tier schools. Read a longer list of our college acceptances since 2013 as well as our School Profile and Fast Facts for more evidence.

Our graduates receive merit aid at their colleges and universities.

Members of the Class of 2019 reported receiving over $5.9 million in scholarships and merit awards from the colleges they applied to, which is an average of $42,000 per student. 

Our graduates are well prepared for the challenges of college and beyond.

A Northwest Catholic graduate aspires to be intellectually curious, spiritually aware, compassionate, community focused, whole people, developing in mind, body, spirit, and imagination. Again and again we hear how NWC prepared our graduates for their future.

TUITION 2019-20

$15,350 for the 1st child in the family

$14,350 for an additional, 2nd child in the family

$13,350 for the 3rd child in family

$12,350 for the 4th child

There are also nominal activity fees, including additional charges for participating in ice hockey and swimming. Please contact Miriam Abate at or 860-236-4221 x137 if you have questions regarding tuition or fees.

These numbers are for domestic students only and for students attending concurrently. International students should email Andrew Selig at for information on international tuition information and how to apply to Northwest Catholic as an international student. 


Smart Aid

At Northwest Catholic, we are committed to providing a high quality education at an exceptional value.  We try to assist parents to help make their choice to enroll a child at NWC an affordable and satisfying decision.

Tuition assistance based on financial need is determined with the help of an assessment by SMARTAid. Financial Aid application instructions can be found by clicking HERE. You can also watch this VIDEO that explains the process. Families must complete the online application by December 1, using the NWC school code 13337. Applications received after December 1, 2019 will be placed on a waiting list for consideration, if funds become available. 

Each financial aid application involves a unique set of family circumstances.When assessing a family's financial aid need, there are many factors taken into consideration, such as income, assets, debt, tuition at other schools, number of family members, age of parents, and other factors reported on the SMARTAid application. 

Both parents/guardians are expected to submit financial information in order to establish a student’s eligibility for financial aid. You may submit a petition for a waiver if your child has minimal or no contact with the noncustodial parent/guardian.

Parents/Guardians seeking financial aid must submit an application annually. Those receiving academic scholarships do not need to re-apply.

Merit aid

Some financial assistance is given in the form of merit scholarships, for which financial need is not a prerequisite. These academic scholarships are based on school performance as well as the Entrance Exam. Several Catholic associations and parishes award scholarships to their students who enroll at Northwest Catholic.

Scholarships & Reductions

Continuing Catholic Education Scholarships (CCES)

A student who graduated from a Catholic middle school in the Archdiocese of Hartford and continues his or her  education at Northwest Catholic may be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship is need-based and renewable as long as the student maintains a 2.0 GPA and whose account is in good standing.

Endowed and Annual Scholarships

Alumni, parents, and friends of NWC  honor an individual or a family while helping students in financial need by funding an endowed scholarship. A complete list of endowed and annual scholarships can be found under Giving.

Sibling Discount

Northwest Catholic has a proud tradition of enrolling multiple children from a family. We are pleased to be able to offer a $1000 discount to the second child who is enrolled at the same time as a sibling. Families who have 3 or more children enrolled at the same time will receive the $1000 discount for each of the additional siblings who are registered.

Rev. John T. Shugrue& Shugrue Family Memorial Scholarship

The Reverend John T. Shugrue dedicated the last twenty-two years of his priesthood to serving the parish of the Church of St. Peter Claver in West Hartford, CT. As its first pastor, he led his parishioners in prayer and in increasing their love for God.

Particularly important to Father Shugrue were young people, those of St. Peter Claver and the hundreds of others he came to know and influence during the years he served at St. Joseph Cathedral School, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and South Catholic High School.

Father Shugrue would have protested any memorial in his name, such was his humility. However, in 1988 parishioners of the Church of St. Peter Claver believed that a scholarship fund, which would assist young people in pursuing their Catholic education at Northwest Catholic High School, was a fitting tribute to this gentle man. It was their way of expressing their continuing affection for their former pastor and of acknowledging his love of children.

In 2006, the scholarship fund was increased with a bequest from the estate of Mary G. Shugrue, the sister of the Rev. Shugrue. She, too, dedicated herself to working for the Catholic Church. For years she served as secretary to Bishop Daniel Riley of the Norwich diocese. In 2011, gifts in memory of Rev. Shugrue’s brother, James F. Shugrue, were directed to the scholarship fund, as they were again in 2015 when another brother, Joseph N. Shugrue, passed away.  This is in keeping with the wishes of the Shugrue family that Rev. Shugrue and his deceased family members be remembered for the great value they placed on Catholic education.

These scholarships are awarded to two ninth-grade students on the basis of character, leadership qualities, academic ability, achievements, and financial need.  

Damuth Music Scholarship

The Damuth Music Scholarship is a $2,000 per year scholarship awarded to incoming 9th grade students. The Damuth Scholarship is presented to the highest-quality students who have applied to Northwest Catholic High School and participate in its music program. Those who receive the scholarship have shown outstanding dedication to music in addition to academic success. 

Ways to Save

529 Plans

The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act expanded 529 savings plans to allow families to invest funds for K12 tuition in addition to higher education expenses. As of January 1, 2018, 529 plans may be used for K-12 education tuition. Click HERE to learn more about the new tax cut and how it can help make an NWC education affordable.


To enable lower monthly payments, making tuition costs more affordable and manageable, NWC has enlisted two educational loan lenders to offer parents loan programs that feature low interest loans and extended terms to qualified borrowers. 

Sallie Mae in the college educational loan market and prepGATE Loan Program have created programs for children attending K-12 private schools. The loan rates are attractive, and repayment terms are flexible with no prepayment penalties.

Depending on the creditworthiness of the borrower, for example, a Sallie Mae loan for $9,000 over a five-year period could result in a monthly payment of $178 at 7% interest. Parents currently using credit cards for extended financing may wish to consider these alternative borrowing options.

What Do Our Parents Say?

Choosing NWC for our children has been one of the best and most important decisions our family has ever made. NWC made our children more aware of the people around them. Having a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic student population gave our children a better picture of life outside of our own town. Also participating in different service projects gave them good life skills and made them more compassionate people. Most important, they have been taught to listen and trust in God and to lean on him through life’s ups and downs. It is a gift that will last a lifetime." Karen Carew, mother of Caroline '12, William '13, Charlotte '15 & Claire '19