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Affording Ramona

Tuition Assistance

"Education is the best investment you'll ever make. It's an investment for life."

Ramona's tuition reflects our commitment to:

  • rigorous, inquiry-based curriculum
  • effective, high-quality teachers and instruction
  • a supportive, strong, and safe community
  • opportunities for personal growth and character development
  • caring, knowledgeable counselors
  • personalized college admission guidance
  • well-equipped classrooms, library research center, science labs, art and music studios, digital design lab, Makerspace, and sports facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, gym, and sports field
  • expansive STEM and Arts curriculum
  • 27 AP and Honors courses including the AP Capstone Program
  • low teacher/student ratio
  • comprehensive co-curricular programs with leadership development and Christian service opportunities

"Yesterday I drove home after settling my daughter in her college dorm. I miss her already, but I feel relieved, knowing she's ready for this new phase of her life. For that, I want to thank everyone at Ramona for helping her become empowered, independent, and resilient. Thank you! Thank you all!"
Ramona Parent '16

In keeping with the Catholic philosophy and values of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Ramona is committed to working with families to help provide an exemplary education for all who qualify for admission. Merit Awards

All applicants who take the HSPT at Ramona are automatically considered for a Merit Award; no Merit Award application form is required.

Merit Awards are awarded to incoming freshmen with top HSPT test scores, high grade point averages, and excellent conduct, attendance, effort, and teacher recommendations.

Merit Awards are automatically renewed annually, providing the student maintains a 3.5 GPA and excellent citizenship.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Ramona awarded almost $700,000 in Merit Awards and Need-Based Tuition Assistance to students in grades 9 through 12.

Need-Based Tuition Assistance

All students entering grades 9 - 12 are eligible to apply for need-based tuition assistance. This assistance is awarded in the form of need-based scholarships or need-based work/study grants. To be considered for any form of need-based tuition assistance, the family must complete the entire tuition assistance application process. See below for instructions.

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded to students with financial need, high scholastic achievement, exemplary character and leadership, and school and community involvement.

Need-Based Work/Study Grants

Need-Based Work/Study Grants are awarded to students who do not meet the scholastic requirements but have a demonstrated financial need, exemplary character, leadership, and school and community involvement.

Families who receive need-based tuition assistance must reapply every year. Families who receive tuition assistance can expect the awards to continue throughout their enrollment at Ramona unless there is a change in their financial circumstances.

2018 - 2019 Tuition: Total Tuition & Fees
Grades 9 - 11: $14, 300
Grade 12: $14, 770
Enrollment Fee: $600

*Fees include yearbook, retreats, technology and graduation fee (12th grade only).

Development Program - Ramona's tuition is less than the actual cost of a Ramona education. Therefore, every family is required to participate in Ramona's annual giving program through the Parent Pledge Program. This tax deductible participation funds initiatives that directly impact students and help the school obtain grants in support of the overall program. Payments may be made monthly, semi-annually, or annually via cash, credit card, check, or online through Ramona's website.

Fundraisers - Parent participation is a critical element in the success of Ramona's annual fundraising efforts, which is why every family is required to support the school in the following areas: Parent Pledge Program, Student Opportunity Drawing, Hawaii Opportunity Drawing, and La Fete Spring Gala. Ramona does not require parent service hours.

Payment Options - All tuition and fees are paid via direct debit. Tuition is payable in advance by the year or by the semester with no service charge. Tuition may be paid in 4 payments or 22 payments with a one-time service charge of $50 or $100 respectively. The first payment is due on June 1st. Parents who elect to pay tuition semi-monthly will be debited on the 1st and 16th of each month.

How to Apply for Need-Based Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Application Due Dates:

New Students: February 8, 2019

Returning Students: March 8, 2019

Ramona Convent uses the services of Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST), an online evaluation company, in order to have a fair and standard method for determining financial need. FAST applies a consistent and equitable formula to calculate a family's ability to pay. this formula considers income, assets, liabilities and family size.

To apply for need-based tuition assistance, click on each step listed below and follow the directions.


Complete the form below to request a Tuition Assistance e-packet. This e-packet will include the following:

Student Personal Resume – completed by student
Tuition Assistance Guidelines - parents carefully read and sign page 2
IRS Form 4506-T - both parents must sign if filing joint tax return.
Parents filing separately (including custodial and non-custodial
parents) must each sign a form.

Print, sign, and return these documents to Ramona via USPS, e-mail (, or hand deliver to Ramona’s Main Office c/o Sister Kathleen Callaway, President.


Click here to begin your FAST on-line application. There is an application fee of $43 required by FAST. If you do not have a credit card, you may purchase a school voucher from Ramona Convent School. Please contact Mrs. Elena Margallo in the Business Office at Ramona.


Mail your 2017 Federal and State Income Tax returns with all supporting schedules, 2017 W-2 or 1099 forms, and a copy of your last paystub for the year to:

Independent School Management

ATTN: FAST Processing
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806-2594

Important: Write Ramona Convent Secondary School on the front of the envelope. The application will not be processed without your complete tax return.

Only one application is necessary for each family. If a family has a currently enrolled student at Ramona AND is submitting a new incoming student application, please meet the earlier application deadline.

Parents who are divorced or separated should follow the special instructions indicated in the FAST Parent User Guide for completing the application. Generally, applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The school will review the report from FAST to assess the financial need of each family and will notify new applicants of their tuition assistance award when admission decisions are announced in March.

If you have any questions, contact Sister Kathleen Callaway, President, at or (626) 282-4151, extension 157.

The Ramona Convent Secondary School admission application process is need-blind.

Ramona Convent Secondary School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, racial or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.