We know that Catholic education changes lives. For many families though the cost of tuition makes it unattainable. If a family desires a Catholic education for their student we encourage you to apply for both scholarship programs below.
Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program
Empower Illinois Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance grants to K-12 students from families with limited financial resources. Visit https://EmpowerIllinois.org to access the reservation form and begin your application.
The Catholic Education Foundation
The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) awards tuition assistance grants to students with a verified financial need. Students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible for assistance. This school year, 1,742 students received $1.8 million in financial aid through the CEF. Families must complete the online financial aid application at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid by the March 1 deadline. More information and links can be found at the Catholic Education Foundation website at www.dioceseofjoliet.org/edfoundation.
Tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis. Families must apply each year in order to be considered. All determinations are based on a financial aid analysis from the grant and aid application through FACTS.
- Step 1: Complete the online application at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid.
- Step 2: Submit your Federal Form 1040 Income Tax Return, W-2 forms, and supporting documentation for non-taxable income to FACTS. You can upload documents by logging into your online account or fax them to 866-315-9264. Draft or Preview Copy tax documents will not be accepted. Please allow at least two weeks for processing your application.
Who decides how much financial aid I will receive?
The educational institution granting aid is solely responsible for determining the final award. The analysis completed by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment serves as a recommendation only.
Why do I have to provide this personal and confidential information?
FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment must verify your expenses and household income to assist your institution in making an informed decision about the amount of financial aid needed for each family.
How can I check the status of my application?
Once you have completed the online application, you will be able to log on to the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment website to check the status of your application.