Young Men from All Walks of Life
SLUH's tradition has been, and its vision remains, that Jesuit education be available to talented students from all financial backgrounds.
Our students come from 86 different zip codes and 168 middle schools on both sides of the river. Their parents range from corporate executives and university professors, to plumbers and cab drivers. While these young men live miles apart, in two-story homes and single-room apartments, they share one common theme: they have great intellectual ability.
A strong financial aid program supports the socioeconomic diversity of our student body. Since 2008, the amount of direct aid has tripled, and the number of students benefiting from that aid has doubled. Today, SLUH offers a total of $4.1 million dollars in aid to 42 percent of its students. The average amount of aid is roughly half of tuition.
Tuition (blue) and Cost of Education (red): Historically, SLUH has not charged the full cost of education to allow students from all socio-economic backgrounds to attend. The difference, or gap, between the cost of education and tuition is made up through fundraising. More recently, SLUH has made a strategic decision to move tuition closer to the cost of education. This greatly benefits financial aid by freeing up additional funds to help families from the lower and middle classes. In 2000-01, tuition was 61% of the cost of education; today it is about 90%.