Secondary Schools Tuition Assistance
Archdiocesan high schools were established as “free” schools in 1911 by Archbishop John Glennon so that all Catholic families might send their children to a Catholic secondary school. In the years following, tuition was introduced (1926) to cover part of the cost of operating these schools. Since then, thousands of graduates have attended these schools paying only a part of the costs by way of tuition.
Today, as in the beginning, few families are able to pay the full cost of educating their children. Parish investments, alumni annual giving programs, capital campaigns, the Annual Catholic Appeal for building maintenance, and endowed funds contribute to operating expenses.
To help insure that the Archdiocesan high schools serve as many children as possible, a number of financial assistance programs were introduced over the years. The following summarize the financial aid available to families sending their children to one of the Archdiocesan schools (Bishop DuBourg, Cardinal Ritter, Duchesne, John F. Kennedy Catholic, Rosati-Kain, St. Dominic, St. Francis Borgia Regional, St. Mary’s, St. Pius X, Trinity Catholic High School), or parish high schools: (St. Vincent - Perryville, Valle Catholic - Ste. Genevieve).
Family Plan Tuition
This assistance program dates to 1964. It is automatically available during those years in which two or more students from the same family enroll in the Archdiocesan high schools. Tuition is reduced for each additional child attending during the same year. The children do not have to attend the same school.
Catholic Family Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund
The people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis established this endowed fund through their contributions to the Returning God's Gifts campaign. This ten million dollar endowment was established in May 1999. Registered Catholic families can obtain applications from their pastors. Grants are made on the basis of financial need as determined by the application process. Grants may be used for Catholic children to attend an archdiocesan or parochial elementary school or an archdiocesan or parochial high school.
Scholarship Fund -- Grants-in-Aid
In 1979, the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education established an endowed scholarship fund to provide tuition aid based on financial need. Since the funds available are limited, a demonstrated financial need is a major criterion for these grants. Awards are determined by considering family size, family income, un-reimbursed medical expenses, and family assets. The applications are available near the end of January and must be returned by April 1 for the next school year. Award notifications are made by July 1.
Since the early sixties, partial tuition grants have been available to high achieving students at each of the Archdiocesan high schools. The principal at each school determines the recipients of these academic awards.
Since the earliest days of tuition, a limited number of students have earned a portion of their tuition through work-study programs. Because of the differing school arrangements, insurance restrictions, and federal regulations, not all schools offer this program. Family “need” is a basic requirement to obtain this aid. You must apply directly to the principal since only a limited number of positions exist.
Other Local Scholarships
Most of the high schools have local scholarships established by alumni, parents, and friends of the school. The high school principal can provide information about these special local scholarships.
Secondary School Tuition Grants for Elementary Teachers
The Board of Catholic Education established tuition-reduction as a special benefit for elementary teachers to send their children to an Archdiocesan high school. It is available to teachers who have taught at least one year in a Catholic elementary school. Applications are available through the elementary school principal. The deadline for this application is the first week of May for the next school year.
Parish Employees Endowment Fund
A one million dollar endowment fund was established by an anonymous donor. It provides financial assistance for parish employees’ children to attend an archdiocesan or parochial elementary school or an archdiocesan or parochial high school. Grants are made on the basis of financial need as determined by the application process. Applications are available from the pastor.
A small contingency fund exists to provide tuition aid or short-term loans in the event of unforeseen calamities, such as severe illness, disability, or death of parents. Information is available from the high school principal.
For more information contact:
Dr. J. David Shelton
Director of Administrative Services
Catholic Education Office
4445 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63108