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Since 1947, Garces Memorial High School has provided a top-quality Catholic education to Kern County students. During this time, it has been the school’s commitment to keep tuition reasonable while maintaining a standard of excellence.


Annual Tuition & Fees
The tuition at Garces Memorial High School is set each spring by the Board of Directors.

Tuition - $11,919 (Catholic families) $12,317 (Non-Catholic families)

International Students Tuition- $16,500*

New Student Application Fee
The application fee for 2020-2021 is $75.00 and must be submitted with the admissions packet by January 31, 2020. The application fee is non-refundable.

Annual Registration Fee
All students must pay an annual registration fee. The early registration fee and open registration fee is $425.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year and is non-refundable. The fee includes student ASB activities card and yearbook. It helps to offset the costs of the iPad apps, lab fees, athletics, Parent Club and retreat expenses.

Annual Retreat Fee
All students must pay an annual retreat fee. This fee is $150.00 for the 2020-2021 academic year and is non-refundable. The fee is due by July 1, 2020.

Annual Technology Fee
All students must pay an annual technology fee of $250.  The fee is due by July 1, 2020. Required- First Year iPad purchase $550.00

Additional approximate fees/costs:
Textbooks: $300
Uniforms: $200
PE clothes/uniforms: $50
Athletic fees: $200 for football, $125 per sport for all other sports/maximum charge of 2 sports per student
Spirit Packs/athletic practice uniforms: $150 - $200 per sport

**Please visit our International Page for additional information.

Tuition Payments
The first tuition payment is due July 1 of each year. Based on 11 months from July 2020 - May 2021:

Garces Memorial High School offers four payment plans:

Plan 1 - Annual payment

Plan 2 - Semiannual payment

Plan 3 - Quarterly payment

Plan 4 - Monthly payment (for eleven months)

Financial Aid

Garces Memorial is committed to offering every student in Kern County the opportunity to receive a Catholic education. For this reason, the Garces Financial Aid program was established. Garces Memorial High School provides financial assistance to those families who demonstrate financial need.  If you currently receive financial aid at Garces, you must reapply. Scroll down to How to Apply.

All families who feel they may qualify for need-based financial aid are encouraged to complete the application . The size of the financial aid award will depend on the level of demonstrated need. No student will receive the full amount of tuition in financial aid.

Any family that is in need of tuition assistance must apply no later than February 19, 2020. No individual will be considered for financial aid unless they have completed and submitted all forms and the required paperwork. All funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on availability and need. Information and the necessary forms for tuition assistance are available below. A $35 processing fee is required by FACTS Grant & Aid to generate a completed application.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid must be submitted no later than February 19, 2020 for consideration by the committee.  Late applications will only be considered if there are funds available.  Please note that incomplete applications and missing documents will result in a delay in processing by FACTS Grant & Aid which may affect the ability of the committee to award funds

For additional information and assistance, visit the FACTS Grant & Aid website or contact Mrs. Lee or Mr. Coleman at 661-327-2578 for additional help.

Financial Aid Awards Process

The Garces Financial Aid Committee evaluates each applicant’s demonstrated need, the recommendation of Private School Aid Service, and the student’s academic record. Award letters, stating the amount of financial aid granted, are mailed in mid to late April. Included in the letter is information about the Garces Work Program for families who utilize the financial aid program. Awards must be accepted or denied May 15th. Financial aid is deducted from the total amount of tuition due. Monthly payments are reduced by the amount of aid given.


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