Tuition Assistance

Access an Exceptional Education 

Minnehaha Academy was founded on the belief that an excellent education should be available to all families. It is an investment in your child’s education and our robust tuition assistance program is available to help make it a reality. We encourage families of all income levels to apply.

Minnehaha Academy believes the family should be the first source for funding their children’s education and it is important to note that the tuition assistance determination is based on demonstrated financial need and not on the willingness or unwillingness to pay.

Tuition Assistance Details

Minnehaha Academy is a member of School and Student Services by NAIS (SSS), a needs analysis system serving independent schools nationwide. As a member of SSS, Minnehaha Academy complies with the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Financial Aid Administration.

How to Apply for Tuition Assistance

If you are a new or returning family you can begin the tuition assistance application for the 2020-2021 school year.

  1. Collect the documents listed below. These documents will need to be submitted as a part of your application.
    • A copy of your 2018 Federal Tax Return (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ) including all schedules
    • Copies of your 2019 W-2’s.  (2019 Federal Tax Return can be submitted by April 15th but is not required in order to process the application)
    • 2020-2021 Endowment Award Application
  2. Apply for tuition assistance online at the School & Student Services Portal:
    There is a $51 application fee.
  3. The Financial Aid Committee reviews all completed applications and makes decisions based upon each family’s demonstrated need. The Committee may request additional documentation such as bank statements or a monthly budget if more information is needed in order to more fully understand a family’s financial situation.

Please note: Both custodial and non-custodial parents with legal parental rights are each required to submit a complete financial aid application in order for the student to be considered for a tuition assistance grant.  In cases where one parent cannot comply, the custodial parent should submit a Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.  Lack of information from either parent may cause an arbitrary assessment of financial need to be made by the school, resulting in a lesser award or no award at all.


Did you know?

  • We are accepting Financial Aid Applications now for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Covenant Church members and Minnehaha Academy Alumni are eligible for additional scholarships.
  • We encourage ALL income levels to apply. We know that each situation is unique and it is helpful for you to share additional information during the process.
  • Individual family circumstances will determine if a family qualifies for tuition assistance. Need is calculated by taking into account family size, all sources of income, assets, liabilities, spending choices and long term financial strength. Therefore, it is impossible to predict whether a family will qualify for aid without going through the application process.
  • Each family is expected to pay a portion of the cost of their student’s education to fulfill their obligation to Minnehaha Academy. Due to a limited budget and the number of families requesting assistance, all qualified need may not be met.



Please call (612) 728-7798 or email our Tuition Assistance team at with any questions regarding tuition or how to make a Minnehaha Academy education a reality for your child.