Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958


Need-Based Financial Aid

In an effort to reduce the financial burden families face in paying for high-quality, private education, Christopher Columbus High School supports various scholarship programs for which your son may qualify.
All families applying for financial aid must apply for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship prior to being considered for school financial aid.

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  • Step Up: Law Enforcement Families

    Dependents of Law Enforcement Officers are now eligible, regardless of income, for the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options (FES-EO). A law enforcement officer is defined as someone who is elected, appointed, or employed full time by a municipality, county, or the state, who is vested with the authority to bear arms and make arrests. You can APPLY NOW for the 2022-23 school year! Click here.
  • Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC)


    Christopher Columbus High School accepts students who receive scholarships from AAA Scholarship Foundation, Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) and Step Up For Students. These programs provide tax credit scholarships to students in K-12 who come from low-income families. For more information, including eligibility and scholarship ranges, visit:

    For AAA Scholarship Foundation:

    For Family Empowerment Scholarship:

    For Step up for Students: 
  • McKay Scholarships

    Christopher Columbus High School also accepts students on the John M. McKay Scholarship. Acceptance for Columbus is contingent on their performance in eighth grade, the Columbus Entrance Exam and possibly an interview process. 

    For more information, including eligibility and scholarship ranges, visit

    Christopher Columbus High School also accepts the Family Empowerment Scholarship - Unique Abilities (UA) - (formerly Gardiner), a program that helps parents individualize the educational plans for their children with certain special needs. The scholarship is different from other state scholarships in that it allows parents to personalize the education of their children with special needs by directing funds toward a combination of programs and approved providers. These include schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology- even a college savings account. 

    Under the Family Empowerment Scholarship - Unique Abilities (UA) - (formerly Gardiner), parents must pay tuition and fees for their son and be reimbursed by the scholarship. Christopher Columbus High School will not accept direct payments from the scholarship.

    Information on this program can also be found by visiting or downloading this Help is Here/FAQs PDF.
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.