Hales Franciscan is a Catholic school affiliated with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Although it receives many valuable benefits as an affiliate, the school does not receive financial support from the organization. This means proceeds from tuition and fundraising must cover the cost of the school’s academic program, extracurricular and athletic activities as well as all facility and administrative expenses.


The tuition for 2017-18 is $10,000. Once the following financial aid options are applied, tuition for most students is significantly less and manageable.

Available Financial Aid:

Hales Franciscan Scholarships

Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart Scholarship – A $3,000 scholarship awarded to all students who during their 7th & 8th grade years maintained a 2.5 grade point average and a stellar discipline record.

Father Augustus Tolton Scholarship – A $1,000 scholarship awarded to all students who during their 7th & 8th grade years maintained a 3.0 grade point average and stellar discipline record, and conducted 40+ hours each year of community service.

Additional Need-Based Assistance – Families who complete their application, testing and paperwork will be allowed to complete the school’s online financial aid process and may be determined eligible for additional assistance.

Parent Fundraising Credit

Parents who enroll their child may apply the first $500 they raise selling tickets and sponsorships for school events held at the beginning of each semester designated for this purpose.

Other Potential Scholarship Options

Big Shoulders Fund Scholarship – As a Chicago Catholic school, students who enroll at Hales Franciscan are eligible to apply for scholarships typically ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Although a fair number of students from our school have historically received these scholarships, the process is considered competitive. Find out more at

If your son participates in any of the following scholarship programs, you may be able to request permission to use their scholarship at Hales Franciscan.

Link Unlimited Scholars
Daniel Murphy Scholars
HFS Chicago Scholars

Private School Loans:

The school allows parents to pay off their tuition less any awarded scholarships evenly over 10 months. If you need a longer payoff period a short-term loan may be right for you.

The South Side Community Federal Credit Union – Located near the school at 5401 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago, IL 60609, this neighborhood lender’s mission is to provide loans that are easier to qualify for and that have lower interest rates than traditional banks. Contact their President, Mr. Gregg Brown, for more information at (773) 548-5500 or visit them online at

The following institutions also offer loans to pay private school tuition:


Once you have completed the Hales Franciscan application and testing processes, and we have received the required documents from your elementary school, our Admission Office will be glad to assist you with applying for any scholarships or loans you have identified. Please call (773) 285-8400.