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.
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 the 2019-2020 school year, we distributed more than $400,000 in financial assistance.
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 are taken into consideration by the individual schools.
Grant Criteria eligibility for all grants:
Family must complete a FACTS financial aid application on line on or before March 1, 2020.
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.
Diocese of Lansing Grants available for the 2020/2021 school year:
Diocese of Lansing Grant:
Grades K-8 $750.00 per student
Grades 9-12 $1000 per student
The Venerable Augustus Tolton Scholarship:
Grades K-12 $500.00
In addition to the Grant Criteria for all grants, student must be African-American or Black and show a need of at least $500.00
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 grant is $500 per student.
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, 2019 and will close March 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020. After March 1, 2020 please contact your school directly.
Once the FACTS online form has been completed, the following information will need to be submitted to FACTS:
- 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 must be uploaded online through the FACTS online form.
By completing the FACTS application, you are applying for all grants available through the Diocese of Lansing. No need to complete an application for each grant.
You will receive a determination letter by May 30th. If you received a grant, your school will be notified and the grant will be sent directly to your school in October of 2020.
Other types of scholarships and grants also are available, depending on your school or parish. We encourage all families to meet with the tuition advisor of the school in which they intend to enroll so that all avenues of financial assistance can be explored.
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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In Addition to the scholarships available to our K-12 families:
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 is 50% of the tuition. Its patron is Saint Katharine Drexel (1858 – 1955), the great pioneer of educational advancement for Native Americans and African Americans.
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