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Any family, Catholic or Non-Catholic, may apply for tuition assistance by completing an application on-line at www.FACTStuitionaid.com (paper applications also available from the Fiscal Office). An objective formula is applied to each applicant’s statement of financial resources, and a recommendation for assistance is made by the FACTS Company to the School Principal. Financial assistance is then awarded based upon need and available funding. Some financial assistance may also be available from your local Catholic Parish.

STEP UP FOR STUDENTS is a state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organization that helps administer five scholarships for Florida schoolchildren: the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (FTC) and the Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES) for lower-income families, the Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs, the Hope Scholarship for public school students who are bullied or victims of violence and the Reading Scholarship Accounts for public school students in third through fifth grade who struggle with reading.

If you qualify your student may receive almost $7,000 towards school tuition. CLICK HERE for more information.

AAA SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION is to provide economic and other assistance to economically-disadvantaged families and families of disabled students to enable them to select the best schools for their children. CLICK HERE for more information.

FAMILY EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP program will provide an educational lifeline to students waiting for an opportunity to find the school that will best work for them and puts more parents in the driver’s seat to determine the best educational environments for their children. CLICK HERE for more information.

MCKAY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provided over 31,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school during the 2017-18 school year. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school. CLICK HERE for more information.

The GARDINER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or products in order to design a customized educational program for the student. Scholarships can be used for specialized services such as speech or occupational therapy, instructional materials, tuition at an eligible private school, contributions to a college prepaid account and more. The program is directly administered by state-approved nonprofit scholarship funding organizations. CLICK HERE for more information.

As we pursue the Mission of Saint Francis Catholic Academy, we strive to maintain the diversity of our student body and to make attendance affordable for as many students as possible, through our Tuition Assistance Program.  Each year, funds are budgeted for Tuition Assistance – these funds are awarded on a prorated basis, determined by family financial need only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone apply for Tuition Assistance at Saint Francis Catholic Academy?

Any student who has completed the registration processes, including payment of the registration fee, may apply for tuition assistance.

How do I apply for assistance?

Applications must be made online, through the FACTS Tuition Management Company. The FACTS Company requires payment of a processing fee and documentation of income (prior year federal income tax return). The application procedure is very similar to that used by colleges, and serves as a good introduction to that process.

When can I apply for tuition assistance?

Applications become available at FACTS Tuition Management Companyin February each year. The deadline for applications to be submitted for the 2018-2019 School Year is April 18, 2018. We encourage you to apply as soon as your student is registered or re-registered for the upcoming school year, allowing sufficient time to submit the required documentation of income prior to the deadline.

How are awards determined?

The FACTS Company applies a standard, objective formula to every application to determine the amount of family income that should (ideally and with sacrifice) be available for Catholic school tuition, and makes recommendations to Saint Francis Catholic Academy regarding each family’s need for assistance. The school uses the FACTS recommendations to rank each application according to financial need. Available assistance funds are then awarded on a prorated basis, with the goal of making the cost of attending Saint Francis Catholic Academy as equally affordable as we can for each family.

Is there a maximum family income above which a student will not be awarded tuition assistance?

Because funds are limited and available funds are awarded according to the needs of all the students who apply for assistance, it is possible that the least financially needy families will be awarded little or no assistance..

Can a student have 100% of the cost of attending Saint Francis Catholic Academy covered by tuition assistance?

We require every family to make some financial investment in their student’s education at Saint Francis Catholic Academy. The amount a family is required to pay is determined by both the family’s financial needs and the funds available for assistance.

Where do the funds for Tuition Assistance come from?

Tuition Assistance is funded through donations – we are very grateful for generous individual benefactors, the Diocese of St. Augustine, and to the area Knights of Columbus Councils who host an annual dinner in September, the proceeds of which help to fund our tuition assistance program.

When will I be advised whether I have been awarded assistance?

No awards are finally determined until after the April application deadline. Awards are generally mailed within two weeks following the deadline date.

What if the award I am offered is not enough?

We ask that you give prayerful consideration to the award, knowing that attendance at a Catholic school involves sacrifice for every family. If, however, the award is insufficient, we encourage you to submit a written request for review, detailing any special circumstances that may not have been considered in the standard application process. That request will be considered as additional funds become available.

Once a student is awarded tuition assistance, does he receive that assistance every year?

No – families MUST reapply for assistance each year, and awards are dependent each year on the families’ current financial needs and available funds.

Are there any other sources of assistance available to me?

Each year one student is awarded a $1,000 Scholarship by the Reilly Memorial Scholarship Fund. Applications for this are available in the School Front Office or by clicking here. Saint Francis Catholic Academy accepts the John McKay and the Step Up For Students Scholarships. Information on both the McKay and Step Up programs are available at www.floridaschoolchoice.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, contact Cindy Croom, Saint Francis Catholic Academy Finance Administrator, (352) 376-6545, Ext 351 or ccroom@sfcawolves.org