Tuition Assistance

Champion of Catholic Education

The Archdiocese of New Orleans established the Champions of Catholic Education Fund in 2015 through the Office of Catholic Schools and the Catholic Foundation. The fund provides tuition assistance for families wishing to send their school-aged children to Catholic school within the Archdiocese of New Orleans and who, without outside financial assistance, would be unable to do so.  While all schools offer some type of financial assistance, those resources do not meet the need of all students who request aid; the Champion of Catholic Education Fund helps fill that gap. Though it is impossible to make Catholic schools “more affordable,” it is possible to make Catholic schools more “available” to those who truly want to benefit from Catholic education. Families are asked to submit an application for consideration, every applicant is given equal consideration. The application process is open to all students in grades Kindergarten – 12th. The Champion of Catholic Education applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year will be available in the spring of 2018.

Tuition Donation Rebate Program

The Tuition Donation Rebate Program empowers low-income Louisiana families with the financial resources to choose the school that will best prepare their children for college and careers. This program provides rebates to Louisiana state taxpayers that donate to School Tuition Organizations, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations. School Tuition Organizations use these donations to provide scholarships to students in low-income families. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty line and must be entering kindergarten, enrolled in a Louisiana public school, or enrolled in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Students apply directly to School Tuition Organizations for scholarships. Once they receive a scholarship, students then apply directly to the nonpublic school of their choice for enrollment. School Tuition Organizations determine the amount of the scholarship. For more information about the TDR program and for more information about how to apply, go to https://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/tuition-donation-rebate-program.

Louisiana State Scholarship for Excellence Program

The Louisiana Scholarship Program empowers low-income families with the same opportunity as more affluent parents already have – the financial resources to send their child to the school of their choice.  Launched in 2008 in New Orleans, the Louisiana Scholarship Program, formally known as the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program, was expanded statewide in 2012. For the 2015-2016 school year, more than 12,000 students applied for a Scholarship and nearly 7,200 students accepted a Scholarship and enrolled in a participating, state-approved private school. To be eligible for a Scholarship, students must have a family income that does not exceed 250% of the federal poverty guidelines and must be entering kindergarten or enrolled in a public school with a C, D, or F grade. For more information about the State Schoalrship Program go to https://www.louisianabelieves.com/schools/louisiana-scholarship-program.

School-based Tuition Assistance

While each Catholic school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is different and sets their own budgets based on student enrollment and human and financial resources available to it, almost all Catholic schools in the area have some sort of either need-based aid or academic scholarship program available to families seeking assistance in paying tuition. For more information about these school-managed programs, families should be in direct communication with school leadership.