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How to Apply

STEP 1: APPLICATION

Complete and submit the Admissions Application by clicking here

STEP 2: SCHOLARSHIP EXAM

In order to qualify for academic scholarships, students must take the Scholarship Exam at Cardinal O'Hara High School on either Sunday, October 6th at 12pm, Saturday, October 12th at 8am OR Tuesday, October 15th at 4pm. 

The access code is Z3. The registration fee for the exam is $40.00 and MUST be paid via credit card through the link above. Online registration must be completed at least two (2) business days before the scheduled exam date.

STEP 3: RECORDS RELEASE FORM

Please download the Request for Release of Records form on the menu on the right as needed. Parents should print out the form, complete/sign it and submit it the student’s current school. (Do not send this form to Cardinal O’Hara. This will only delay the process!) School records, including academic grades, standardized test scores, and discipline & attendance records, should included. 

STEP 4: FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Cardinal O'Hara High School remains committed to providing financial support for students who seek an O'Hara education.

Please note that financial aid will only be awarded to students who are currently enrolled or have been accepted to O'Hara for the 2020-2021 school year and have also completed the FACTS application. The application process opens on OCTOBER 1, 2019. Financial aid applications for the Archdiocese and Cardinal O’Hara are now be processed by FACTS. The online financial aid application can be accessed here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. You are encouraged to complete the application by December 31, 2019, for first priority.

You are required to complete the financial aid application online using your 2018 tax information as long as you apply by March 31, 2020.  You can be considered for aid after submitting the online application and paying $30 application fee.  However, you then must submit your 2018 tax return by March 15, 2020 for verification. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you can contact Cardinal O’Hara’s Finance Officer, Ms. Denise Todd at dtodd@cohs.com or 610.544.3800 x1828.

Academic Merit Scholarships for the Class of 2024 are awarded to the strongest students who have completed the application process. Carefully review the application procedures by clicking the Merit Scholarships icon on the menu on the right and complete the requirements by December 4, 2019 to be eligible. 

STEP 5: VISIT

There is no better way to learn about O'Hara than becoming a LION FOR A DAY! For more information about our shadow day program and to register, please click Visit COHS on the menu on the right. This option will be available by mid September. 

STEP 6: ACCEPTANCE AND REGISTRATION

An acceptance letter will be mailed to each applicant after review of his/her records by mid December 2019. Once accepted, students must return a completed registration form with $200 to the Admissions Office.