Catholic schools remain accessible by offering a wide range of tuition assistance options.
Tuition assistance is available from:
- Archdiocese of Louisville
- Catholic Education Foundation
- Catholic high schools
Last year, more than $10.8 million was given to Catholic school students. All tuition assistance, applications, and procedures are handled through the Private School Aid Service (PSAS) with one form that is obtained through your school. Even if you have students in more than one Catholic school, you can apply for all of your children on one PSAS form. The deadline for submitting the PSAS form for the 2016-2017 school year is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
The Private School Aid Service is an independent, third-party service that provides reasonable assessments of the ability of families to pay tuition at private and parochial schools. For more information about PSAS and the application, visit psas.org.
Copies of the PSAS analysis and forms are shared only with the contracting parish, school or agency; no one else will receive this information. Final decisions about tuition assistance will be communicated to you from your school or from the Catholic Education Foundation.
Parish membership is not required in order to receive tuition assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation or through the 200% of poverty discount. Parish membership is required for the new Archdiocesan Voucher Fund and for assistance directly from a parish.
In the fall of 2014, the Archdiocese announced new tuition assistance opportunities for Catholic elementary schools. Below are some FAQs for parents:
Questions and Answers for Parents – New Tuition Assistance Opportunities
There are now four sources of financial support beyond what a family can provide:
- A discount for those whose household income is below 200% of the 2016 federal poverty level. This is open to all students.
- Tuition assistance provided by the Catholic Education Foundation. This is open to all students.
- Archdiocesan Voucher Fund, open to registered parishioners of any Catholic parish.
- Individual parishes may provide tuition assistance to parishioners.
The process of obtaining financial support starts at the school. Thus, parents who are new to the system need to focus on identifying, applying to, being accepted at and registering their child in a Catholic elementary school. During the process of registration, please request a Private School Aid Service (PSAS) form or information about completing the form online from the school of your choice, so that you are eligible for any of the possible sources of tuition assistance identified above. The PSAS form is due Tuesday, March 15, 2016. It must be filled out in order to receive any form of tuition assistance.
Parents need only to fill out one form for all children, even if some children are attending different Catholic schools (for example, one child in elementary and one in high school).
Parents will be notified about awards by late spring.
Household income that is at 200% of the 2015 federal poverty level is below. (2016 figures are not yet available):
Family of 2: $31,860
Family of 3: $40,180
Family of 4: $48,500
Family of 5: $56,820
Parents need to have the following information ready:
- Social security numbers of parents.
- Copies of your most recent completed tax return (2015 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) with all schedules and worksheets for all adults living in household. Copies of these will need to be uploaded, faxed, or mailed to PSAS.
- Copies of your 2015 W2 and/or 1099 forms for all adults living in the household. Copies of these will need to be uploaded, faxed, or mailed to PSAS.
- Your social services year-end statement (AFDC, ADC, TANF) and/or Food Stamp Year End Statement and/or your Social Security Year End Benefit Statement(s) for all adults living in the household and receiving benefits in 2015. If applicable, copies of these will need to be uploaded, faxed, or mailed to PSAS.
- Information about child support payments or child support received.
- Information about the value and amount still owed on your house.
- Information about the value and amount still owed on any real estate investments.
- Information about the value of any savings or investment accounts.
Instructions and other information pertaining to the process are available at psas.org or by calling PSAS at (440)-892-4272.
There is a $25 processing fee, but no family should be deterred from applying to PSAS due to the processing fee. If this is a problem for your family, please contact your school. Vouchers are available.
The best advice if you are not sure is to apply for tuition assistance. To ensure tuition assistance applicants are afforded objective, independent consideration, Private School Aid Service (PSAS) is used to process applications. PSAS is a nationally recognized organization with personnel and technological expertise specifically suited for screening the financial needs of student families.
All awards are need-based. Last year nearly 75% of families who applied were identified as having some demonstrated need.
Download a Catholic school selection guide at archlouschools.org
and don’t hesitate to contact schools for a tour or more information. Many schools hold open houses during Catholic Schools Week (January 24-30, 2016) and also will schedule individual tours at your convenience.
For more information about Catholic schools in general, go to archlou.org.