Tuition assistance scholarship applications accepted through March


Would you like your child to have a Catholic school education but financially it seems just out of reach? A grant from the Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet could make that dream a reality.

The CEF recognizes that for some parents, a private Catholic education can be hard to come by without financial help to offset tuition costs.

That’s where the CEF Scholarship Program comes in. Families who have students in kindergarten through grade 12 and with a verified financial need are encouraged to apply for grants through the program to help cover tuition costs.

Those scholarship applications are being accepted through March.

Annually, the Catholic Education Foundation distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships. Last year nearly $2.2 million was awarded to students.

The CEF bases their award determinations on the application supplied by the FACTS Grant and Aid Company. Families will be notified of grant awards in the Spring and award checks will be sent directly to the schools following verification of enrollment in the Fall. The Catholic Education Foundation uses the third party FACTS Company in order to objectively evaluate the distribution of financial aid.

Of note: for those parents who have applied for the Tax Credit Scholarship through Empower Illinois, Joe Langenderfer, executive officer for the Catholic Education Foundation advises parents to also visit and apply for a CEF Scholarship through the FACTS Grant and Aid link provided on the site.

“In case a family is declined for one scholarship, they may be eligible for another form of tuition assistance,” he said. “It is wise for the student to apply to multiple scholarship sources.”

Reach out today to see what opportunities for scholarships could be available to your student.

Catholic Education Foundation : 815.221.6127 : 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403: