Financial Assistance Sources

  • Two sources of tuition assistance funding are available:

    1. Bishop's Scholarship Fund
    The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) is to help families afford a Catholic Education.
    Awards are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is to a family’s advantage to apply early.

    2. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Tuition Assistance Committee Awards
    Our school has an Annual Fundraising Campaign each year in order to provide tuition assistance beyond that available through the Bishop's Scholarship Fund for families in need.  Available amounts vary each year based on the results of the fundraining campaign.

    Eligibility: 
    Students currently enrolled as well as new students applying to a Catholic elementary school for August who have demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply for tuition assistance from the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund.

    Scholarships will be awarded to elementary school students beginning in the spring for the following school year beginning August/September.

    Application Checklist for Assistance Awards from Both Sources:
    Submit your completed Registration Form and fees for the coming school year to St. Thomas Aquinas School.

    1. Complete a FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment available at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. Note there is a $30 non-refundable fee required to complete the FACTS assessment. You will need your completed prior year Income Tax Return to fill the FACTS assessment.  

    2. There is no paper application for the 2019-2020 year. You must complete the online FACTS Grant & Aid application and answer all questions applicable to the Bishop Scholarship Fund Application.

    The Bishop’s Scholarship Fund Advisory Board will receive a confidential report from FACTS outlining your financial situation based on the information you submit in your application and supporting documents. 

    Applications for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund from currently registered student families must be received no later than March 15, 2019.
    Applications for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund from new students enrolling must be received by April 15, 2019. 
    Only completed FACTS Grant & Aid applications submitted online by the deadline with all required supporting documents will be considered. Submitting an application does not guarantee a scholarship, and every effort will be made to accommodate student need. 

    St. Thomas Aquinas Tuition Assistance Committee Awards Additional Step:
    Families seeking school funded assistance must notify the principal if the Bishop's Scholarship Fund Award, if any, does not meet their financial needs. Please send a confidential letter to the principal, Ms. Mathieson (jo.mathieson@stasonline.net) explaining the details of your circumstances.  The principal and tuition assistance committee will review the information presented via FACTS and make a determination regarding St. Thomas Aquinas school based financial assistance.  Notice of these awards will be available by June.