Many people ask: “How can we afford to send our child to Catholic School?“. Did you know that 75% of students that attend Quincy Catholic Schools receive financial assistance?
Our information below will help guide you through the process of registration and tuition assistance. Please call us with questions…we are here to help!
Initiatives in place to help offset the cost of tuition:
The Tuition Assistance Program, coordinated through the QCES Foundation, includes scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. To ensure impartiality and sensitivity to privacy, the schools employ the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to compile applications for assistance and to recommend amounts to be awarded.
The same application can be used for the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools – Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis and St. Peter, as well as Quincy Notre Dame High School. (When selecting multiple schools, search by Quincy, IL for complete school listing.) There is a one-time non-refundable online application fee of $27 per family. FACTS accepts all major Credit Cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover). Families can also submit a paper application, available in the school offices, with a non-refundable application fee of $30.
For priority consideration of this application for tuition assistance, it should be postmarked no later than April 6, 2018. Applications will be accepted after April 6, 2018, but there is no guarantee that tuition assistance funds will still be available for those who apply after April 6, 2018. This application form should be mailed to FACTS. Please DO NOT return it to your school’s office or to the QCES Foundation office.
Depending on your application some or all of the following documents may be required:
• Copy of your most recent IRS Federal Form 1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. If applicant and co-applicant file separately, we require both tax returns for the same tax year.
• Copies of all your most recent W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for both the applicant and co-applicant.
Please Note: If you are applying before you have received all the 2017 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements, please submit them as soon as they become available.
Families can participate in the Gene Grawe Fund to help offset tuition. Participating families may purchase gift cards offered through many retailers. These businesses donate a percentage of the profits into the scholarship fund, which is then distributed to the tuition accounts of the families participating. Relatives and friends of families can also purchase cards to generate funding. Gift cards are easily available and can be used for items that are part of the normal family budget such as groceries and gas.
Gift cards can be purchased in the Gene Grawe Fund office located in the lobby at St. Peter Church, 2600 Maine Street.
Illinois residents are eligible for the Illinois Tax Credit for Private School Tuition and Fees. This tax credit provision allows parents to write off 25% of their eligible education expenses for their children, up to a maximum credit of $500. Eligible expenses include tuition, book fees, and lab fees in excess of $250. Talk to your tax advisor about this special credit.
Eligible Illinois families can also apply for an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship that will cover up to 100% of private school tuition up to a maximum of the average Illinois cost to educate.
Education loans are available for Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools and Quincy Notre Dame High School. Local banks are designated each year to provide families with 10 monthly payments for tuition at a competitive interest rate.
We have many options for financial assistance. Information on the Fr. Augustine Tolton Scholarship, Newcomer’s Scholarship, FACTS Grant & Aid, and the Gene Grawe Fund is below.
Father Augustine Tolton Scholarship:
The Fr. Augustine Tolton Scholarship is a QCES full tuition scholarship (K-8) for one or more children awarded to one family registered at each of the four Quincy Catholic parishes. (Blessed Sacrament, St. Anthony, St. Francis, and St. Peter) who have demonstrated financial need as determined by information on provided by the family on the FACTS Application Form. Since the scholarships are need based, the names of the four families who are awarded a Fr. Augustine Tolton Scholarship will not be disclosed.
The QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship is a partially need-based full-tuition scholarship that will be awarded annually to one student in Grades K – 8, either Catholic or non-Catholic, whose family does not currently have any children enrolled in one of Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools. It is non-renewable beyond the first year the student receives the scholarship. However, a QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship recipient will be eligible to apply for tuition assistance in subsequent years, and any tuition assistance a student may be awarded will be based on the financial need of a student’s family, as determined by the FACTS and the amount of tuition assistance available from the QCES Foundation for that particular school year.