Lumen Christi is a private Catholic Junior High and High School whose financial operations and viability depends on tuition and fees as well as financial support from St. Benedict’s Parish, generous community donations and parent fundraising efforts. Lumen does not receive funding from the State of Alaska or the Municipality of Anchorage. 

The Actual Cost of a Lumen Education 

The actual cost to educate one child at Lumen for the current school year is $16,100, but families pay only 50-55% percent of that cost.  The remaining 45-50% is covered by annual development and fundraising efforts, including: 

“Lighting the Path to the Future”:  Organized in Spring 2017 and thanks to the support of the Archbishop of Anchorage, over 20 Catholic education sponsors have committed to partner with the school and our students for the next six years.  This unprecedented effort includes financial support from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, fellow parishes, individuals, and the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre.  The “Lighting the Path to the Future” campaign reduces tuition costs by over $3,000 per student each year.

Archangel Attic:  The Archangel Attic is a second hand store located on the Lumen Christi/St Benedict campus. Proceeds from Attic sales go directly to the school’s operational budget and help reduce tuition costs by over $1,450 per year.

St. Benedict Parish Investment:  As a ministry of St. Benedict’s, Lumen Christi receives a large portion of its budget from the parish in the form of an investment.  Each year, this investment by the generous parishioners further reduces tuition by over $1,400 per student.

Annual School Gala/Auction:  Held in February of each year in the school gym, the Annual Gala is a festive night of live and silent auctions, dinner, and fun-filled activities. Through the generous donations from community supporters and the time and talent of volunteers, the revenue generated at this event reduces tuition by over $1,300 per student. 

LUMENARY Drive:  The LUMENARY Drive is the school’s annual fund drive.  Solicitations go out to school staff, parents, School Board members, and the greater community in late October.  Contributions to the annual LUMENARY Drive help reduce tuition costs by over $800 per student per year.

Concessions Sales:  The St. Scholastica Snack Shack is often open during sporting events and athletic tournaments.  The concession stand is manned exclusively by parent volunteers.  Sales of food and drink items reduces tuition by roughly $100 per student per year.  

The combination of these “Big Five+” development and fundraising efforts mean that every Lumen Christi family, regardless of need, enjoys a tuition reduction of over $7,000 ($4,500 for international students) each and every year.  

Tuition and Fees:

Lumen Christi uses the SmartTuition program for managing tuition and fee payments to the school.  Upon enrollment, families will establish a SmartTuition account and be able to access tuition and fees information and pay balances real-time through a mobile app. More information can be found at

Tuition rates for the following school year are normally set and announced during the budget process which typically concludes in early spring.

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