O'Dea High School

Financial Aid – Need Based Aid

O’Dea High School is committed to supporting families with need-based tuition assistance and believe all qualified students should have the opportunity to receive a Catholic education regardless of their financial situation. We take pride in the socio-economic diversity of our student body and consider it an integral part of our student experience. With our community’s support we give over $2 million in need-based tuition assistance. The application process is open from October 3, 2023 to December 31, 2023. However, we recognize that sometimes a family’s financial situation may change at other times of the year. If this happens to you, we encourage you to reach out to Eamon Sylvester, Director of Financial Aid, at any time.

Merit Awards

O’Dea also awards a small number of merit-based scholarships to incoming freshmen who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement, personal excellence, service, and leadership. Edmund Rice Leadership Award Scholar’s receive a scholarship of $3,000 per year for their 4 years at O’Dea. There is no application for these awards, and they do not require any demonstrated financial need. Students are notified of the award in their acceptance letters.

Important Information and Steps to Apply for Financial Aid


  • All families applying for financial aid must complete the online application, which also automatically sends their application to the Fulcrum Foundation.
  • Financial Aid applications must be completed each year. Applications are only for need based awards.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, including applications that do not have the required documentation.
  • Late or incomplete applications will be placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed as funds become available.
  • Students being awarded financial aid for the first time are required to have a minimum GPA of a 2.0.