Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance Program

The Lutheran High School Association Tuition Assistance Program includes both merit-based and need-based assistance in the form of scholarships, grants and financial aid awards.

Lutheran South believes each family should be committed to their child's education and should participate in the financial responsibility associated with a Lutheran South Education.  

The financial aid application process can be completed online.  
During the application process, you will need our FACTS Institution ID numbers: 37394

Deadline for Financial Aid

Online financial aid applications open on November 1 for the following school year. Priority will be given to families who apply by the deadline of April 30. Families who apply after this deadline may not receive an award or may receive a significantly reduced amount. Financial aid award letters will be mailed to each family on a rolling basis beginning December 1 for the following school year.

For families to receive their aid award, they must have completed the entire school admissions application process.  

Scholarships and Grants

List of 9 items.

  • Association Church Member

    Students who are confirmed members in good standing of a member church belonging to the Lutheran High School Association (LHSA) receive a $1,200 discount on tuition.  
  • Association School Graduates

    Students who are graduates in good standing of a partner Lutheran Elementary School belonging to the Lutheran High School Association (LHSA) and who do not qualify for the Association church member award, will receive a $200 discount on tuition each year.
  • President's Scholarship

    An automatic $1,250 award based on a 96 or higher composite percentile score on a standardized test for incoming freshman.  This scholarship is renewable each year on maintenance of a 3.5 GPA, for a total of $5,000 over four years.
  • Leadership Scholarship

    This $1,250 award is available to incoming freshmen who an 80 or higher composite percentile score on a standardized test for incoming freshmen and on the basis of leadership, scholarship, and service. This award is renewable annually based on maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPS and involvement in at least one extracurricular activity.  Application required.
  • Lancer Award

    This is an automatic award of $500 given to selected students based upon the assessment of prior academic performance and achievements.  The scholarship is renewable each year based on maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Black and Gold Award

    This award of $200 is automatically given to selected students that show a strong alignment and fit the mission and goals of our school and have demonstrated the necessary academic performance and skills to succeed in our school.  This award is renewable each year based upon maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA and the demonstration of commitment through active engagement in the service programs and other extra-curricular activities of the school, based on the assessment of the Principal and Dean of Students.  
  • Alumni Grant

    In recognition of the legacy of Christian education at Lutheran South, an 8th-grade student whose mother, father or grandparent is an alum of our schools - Lutheran High (Central), Lutheran North or Lutheran South - will receive a $200 grant applied to tuition for each year.  For a total of $800 for four years.  
  • Financial Aid Awards

    Awards based on The SMART Tuition Aid need-based assessment.  Need-based financial aid is awarded on a first come-first serve basis.  Families must reapply for tuition assistance grants each year.  Application required.
  • LHSS Elementary Band Grant

    Students who successfully complete four years of instruction in the LHSS elementary band program in a Lutheran elementary school will receive $200 towards tuition each year they participate in the band program at LHSS.  This will be an $800 award over four years. 


List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How can I possibly afford tuition?

    Private school tuition varies greatly across the country and even within the St. Louis area. Students who are confirmed members in good standing of a Lutheran church in the Lutheran High School Association receive a $1200 discount. There are also multiple student discounts for families who have two or more students at Lutheran South at the same time.

    For some families this tuition amount will seem daunting. While Lutheran South does offer tuition assistance for families who qualify and also awards several one-time and renewable merit scholarships for selected incoming freshman, the cost may still seem unaffordable especially when public school is virtually free. How does a middle income family afford it?

    Commitment and mindset can be the key. When something as important as Christian education becomes a priority, it is easier to find a plan to make it work. If you believe that a Christian high school education is important in the academic and spiritual development of your son or daughter then sacrifices in other areas become acceptable if not essential. Some parents will need to ask the question: “What less important things can I do without or cut back?”

    It’s a tough thing to take a look at our comfortable lives and the lives of those around us and think about doing without. We’re not all that good at it. But is it worth it for what you can give your child? Committed Christian families, with the Lord’s help, are making it work to send their children to Lutheran High School South. Is it often a huge sacrifice? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Nothing is more important than the daily presence of God’s Word in the lives of your son or daughter. Nothing. The enduring value for your child of the investment you make now is well worth the sacrifice.
  • Q: Are your students awarded college scholarships?

    Our graduates are offered millions of dollars in scholarships every year for academics, athletics, music, and other special talents. Class of 2017 graduates were offered more than $8.8 million in scholarships and grants. The class accepted $4.2 million of the offered scholarships and grants to attend colleges and universities across the country.