Gift will benefit
students through tuition assistance
The administrators of Cotter Schools and Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS) announced today that Cotter Schools and WACS have received unsolicited and anonymous multi-million dollar grants for tuition assistance. These grants will enable both school systems to immediately reduce their current tuition rates, resulting in an approximate 50 percent decrease in out-of-pocket tuition costs for parents enrolling their children in Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS), Cotter Junior High, and/or Cotter High School now and in the future.
According to Sister Judith Schaefer, President of Cotter Schools, and Pat Bowlin, Principal of WACS, this will significantly reduce tuition for the 2014-2015 school year: $1,000 per student for kindergarten, $1,500 per student for grades one to six, $2,000 per student for grades seven and eight, and $3,000 for day students in grades nine to 12. Current discounts and financial aid will continue to be administered according to current policy. Under the terms of the gifts, day-student tuition may not increase any faster than the consumer price index.
In addition, all Cotter High School graduates who continue their education after high school will receive, on average, $1,500 per year toward their tuition at a U.S. college or university of their choice.
“Loyalty to Cotter and WACS is absolutely amazing! These generous gifts allow both systems to offer quality Catholic education to more students,” reported Sister Judith Schaefer. “In ensuring the continuation of our 100-year tradition of excellence in education, these gifts enable more current and future students to participate in the longstanding Winona tradition of faith and academic excellence.”
The monetary gifts, making WACS and Cotter Schools more affordable and accessible, are from a group of supporters who wish to remain anonymous.
Mr. Bowlin expressed his gratitude, “This is truly a landmark day in the history of Catholic education in Winona. I am so excited for our hard working families who desire a great education in a Christ-centered environment. While a financial commitment is still necessary, the decrease in tuition now opens up the possibility of WACS/Cotter to many more families.”
For more information, contact Linda Schrupp at 507-453-5016, or visit www.winonacatholicschools.org.