Diocesan Assistance – Catholic School Tuition Aid Grant
The Catholic School Tuition Aid Grant aka CSTAG award is the only grant given by the Diocese to aid families with school tuition costs. CSTAG is available to all students K-12 who are registered at, or have submitted an enrollment application to an (inter)parish or diocesan Catholic elementary or high school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Families must have FACTS Calculated Need to be eligible for tuition assistance.
FAQ: Can Step Up for Students be combined with a Diocesan CSTAG award? Not at the Elementary level(exceptions are Morning Star Schools).
Parents are required to fill out a FACTS Grant and Aid application for the each new school year. All applications must be submitted no later than March 31, 2018 and ALL documents uploaded to FACTS no later than April 16, 2018. An application is considered complete when FACTS Grant and Aid has received the application and all supporting documentation required for evaluation. Below is the link to fill out a FACTS application form.
Please Note: Generally, the documents needed for uploading is your 2017 W-2 and your 2016 Tax return. If you are self-employed other documents may be required from FACTS.
How to appeal a denial of a Diocesan CSTAG award
Many families who do not meet the Diocesan eligibility requirements for tuition assistance will receive a denial letter from the Superintendent via an email from FACTS. There are many reasons why a family may have been denied. This includes but is not limited to, income, application submitted or completed past deadlines, required documentation to complete application was not provided, input error by applicant, or calculation error by facts. The Diocese does allow families to appeal a denial based on any of these reasons by June 30, 2018. Parents are required to send a written letter to the Diocese of St. Petersburg or send an email to Debbie Moore, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining why your appeal should be approved and why you believe your family is eligible to receive Diocesan Assistance. You may include any information that you believe will support your request or aid the Superintendent in his decision to approve your appeal. Each appeal received will be carefully reviewed and considered by the Superintendent before an approval or denial is made. Please note that not all appeals are approved. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding tuition assistance or the appeal process, please feel free to contact Debbie Moore via email (email@example.com) or phone at 727.347.5539.
Address to send appeal:
Diocese of St. Petersburg Attn: Debbie Moore (OCSC) P.O. Box 40200 St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200 Email to send Appeal: firstname.lastname@example.org