Affording the Choice of Catholic Education
The Diocese of Lansing and each of its 32 schools share the belief that a Catholic education should be available, accessible and affordable to any family that wants to provide their children with a quality education in a strong, Catholic environment.
Our schools deliver an exceptional education at remarkably low and affordable rates; however, the decision to enroll your children in a Catholic school inherently will involve sacrifices on the part of every family. Ultimately, families who commit to Catholic education for their children do so because it is their priority to provide a learning community that supports the faith and values taught in the home.
Many families need and receive financial assistance for Catholic school tuition. For 2018-2019, we distributed more than $400,000 in scholarship funds. The Diocese of Lansing Scholarship program is a need-based assistance program. Need is determined by an independent, third party service, F.A.C.T.S., which makes its assessment based on income and tax information. However, the FACTS application does have a section that offers the family to list any changes in their financial situation, and these may be taken into consideration by the individual schools.
The Diocese of Lansing grant is for grades K-12. The grant is $750.00 for grades K-8, and a $1000.00 grant grades 9-12th.
Tuition Assistance Program Grant criteria:
- Family must apply through FACTS by March 1, 2019
- Student must show a financial need of at least $750.00
- The student must be Catholic, attend a Diocese of Lansing school, and belong to a parish in the Diocese of Lansing
Other types of scholarships and grants also are available, depending on the school or parish. Families are urged to meet with the tuition advisor of the school in which they intend to enroll so that all avenues to financial assistance can be explored.
The Saint Katherine Drexel Scholarship:
The Saint Katherine Drexel Scholarship aims to increase the number of Catholic minority teachers among school staff. It will help towards tuition costs for Catholic persons of color who wish to transition into teaching within a Catholic school via the State of Michigan’s Teachers of Tomorrow program. The value of tuition assistance will be up to $2,500. That’s 50% of the tuition. Its patroness is Saint Katharine Drexel (1858 – 1955), the great pioneer of educational advancement for Native Americans and African Americans. It will be launched for the 2020-21 school year.
The Venerable Augustus Tolton Scholarship:
The Venerable Augustus Tolton Scholarship is aimed at increasing the number of Catholic African American students in the Diocese of Lansing’s Catholic schools. It will operate under the patronage of Venerable Augustus Tolton (1854 – 97), a former slave who became the first African American priest in the United States. This tuition assistance is need-based and is worth up to $500 a year. It will launch in the 2020-21 school year.
Applying for Financial Aid
There is a $30.00 fee payable to FACTS through their online application process. Applicants can complete the online form by clicking the FACTS link here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid
The link will be available December 1, 2018 and will close March 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. After March 1, 2019 please contact your school directly. Once the FACTS online form has been completed, the following information will need to be submitted to FACTS online, by fax, or mail to complete the financial assistance process:
Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules and W2’s.
Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers’ Compensation, and TANF.
All supporting documentation can be uploaded online through the FACTS online form or can be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE 68501-2524
If you have questions about the financial assistance process through FACTS, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or Diocese of Lansing, Financial Aid Advisor, Mrs. Renee Fischman at 517-267-2107.
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