Tuition and Financial Aid

Merit Scholarships

While financial aid awards are based on demonstrated need, Columbus Academy also offers merit scholarships to new incoming 9th and 10th grade students who embody the abilities and values that represent the very best of the Academy community and its mission.


To be eligible for a merit scholarship, a student must be an applicant for admission to Columbus Academy as a new ninth or tenth grade student and complete all components of the admissions application process.


The most competitive merit scholarship candidates will be exceptional individuals possessing:
  • strong academic abilities 
  • leadership potential 
  • superior personal qualities 
  • interest in our extracurricular offerings 
  • qualities that further the mission of the school

Selection Process

Based upon test scores, transcripts, recommendations and an initial review of all 9th and 10th grade first-round applications, the Upper School Admissions Committee will determine a group of merit scholarship semi-finalists from those students who will be offered admission. Semi-finalists receive notification with their acceptance letters and are invited back to campus for a round of formal interviews with the Merit Scholarship Committee, which chooses merit award winners.

**Note: Merit Scholarships are not awarded based on athletic interest, involvement, or excellence. The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s bylaws forbid athletic scholarships.


Merit Scholarship Semi-finalists receive grants of $1,000. Finalists receive grants up to $10,000. All grants are renewable through graduation if the recipient maintains a solid academic and social record.
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