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Bishop Walkowiak quadruples schools tuition assistance; families encouraged to apply

Families are encouraged to apply for financial aid in any of our diocesan schools (K-12). Tuition assistance applications for the 2015-2016 school year are available in English and in Spanish at any Catholic school within the diocese and at CatholicSchools4U.org. Deadline for applications for the first round of tuition assistance grants extended from November 15 to November 22.

 

Bishop Walkowiak is increasing the amount of available diocesan tuition assistance for Catholic schools in the diocese from $240,000 to $1 million annually. It’s part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.

 
“I attended Catholic schools all my life and would like more young people to have the same opportunities I had,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “More than a top-notch education, Catholic schools provide the leadership, integrity and moral compass that young people need in today’s society and I want to do whatever we can to encourage families to take advantage of this blessing.”
 
Currently, after all available sources of tuition assistance are distributed there is $1.2 million of unmet need per year according to Private School Aid Service (PSAS), a third party agency used by diocesan schools to evaluate need. These new tuition dollars are not intended to replace the funding currently available at the parish and school level, but rather to increase the amount of assistance to current families and to offer assistance to new families in our Catholic parishes. This effort is a priority for Bishop Walkowiak, who wants to bridge the gap between current levels of funding and the identified need and to reach out to new families desiring a Catholic school education for their children. Sources for this expanded tuition assistance include the Bishops Scholarship Fund, diocesan funds for education, and the continued generosity of donors committed to the growth of our Catholic schools.
 
“We hear all the time that Catholic schools need to be more affordable,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools. “We’re so excited to both strengthen our ability retain our families and welcome new families into our schools.”
 
The success of this effort will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to address the years beyond the three-year plan.
 
Tuition assistance applications for the 2015-2016 school year are available in English and in Spanish at any Catholic school within the diocese and at CatholicSchools4U.org. The deadline for applications for the first round of tuition assistance grants has been extended from November 15, to November 22. The first round of grants will be announced in early February with actual distributions to be made in early fall 2015. PSAS applications will continue to be accepted throughout the current school year even after the November 22 deadline for new families with a portion of the funding reserved for qualifying families.
 
Contact:
Office of Catholic Schools
Phone: 616-246-0590 | Email: schooladmin@dioceseofgrandrapids.org