Any family, Catholic or Non-Catholic, may apply for tuition assistance by completing an application on-line at www.FACTStuitionaid.com. The funds for tuition assistance are provided by Saint Francis Catholic Academy and are generated from fundraising activities, donations and Diocesan support. Recommendations for assistance are made by the FACTS Company to the School based upon an objective analysis of the financial information provided by the Applicants. These recommendations are reviewed by School administrators and the School Finance Council (applicant information is masked). Financial assistance may also be provided by your local Catholic Parish (information on available assistance, if any, must be obtained from the Parish).
State of Florida Tuition Assistance Programs
Francis Catholic Academy accepts funding from the State of Florida, awarded under the following state-funded programs:
FLORIDA TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP: To expand educational opportunities for children of families that have limited financial resources and to enable children in this state to achieve a greater level of excellence in their education, the Florida Legislature created the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program in 2001. The law provides for state tax credits for contributions to nonprofit scholarship funding organizations (SFOs). The SFOs then award scholarships to eligible children of low- income families.
FAMILY EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP (FES) Program is one of Florida’s greatest victories for low-income and working-class families, and it is the first of its kind to extend support to middle-income families. Following the 2019 Legislative Session, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB7070 which creates the FES Program and provides 18,000 students life-changing educational opportunities for academic and career success. 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 2018-19 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
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There are also a limited number of Academic Scholarships available to incoming 9th Grade Students:
– Principal’s Award: 50% of annual tuition awarded to the incoming 9th Grade Student who achieves the highest score on the High School Placement Test.
– Faculty Award: 25% of annual tuition awarded to one incoming 9th Grade Student from each of our partner schools (Epiphany. Queen of Peace Academy and St. Patrick Interparish School) who achieves the next highest scores on the High School Placement Test.
-Kipp W. Kennedy, MD, Endowed Scholarship: $1,000 per year (renewable) awarded to one incoming 9th Grade Student from each of our partner schools (Epiphany. Queen of Peace Academy and St. Patrick Interparish School). Applications are available following completion of registration.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, contact Cindy Croom, Saint Francis Catholic Academy Business Manager, (352) 376-6545, Ext 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org