The vast majority of our families make considerable sacrifices for their children to attend Catholic schools. Looking for financial assistance? Talk with your pastor and/or school principal. They can tell you about various state, Diocesan, and parish-based resources and scholarships available for qualifying families.
School-Based Tuition Assistance
In addition to the Diocesan Catholic School Tuition Grant (CSTAG), many schools have parish/local funds available to help qualifying families. Please contact your child’s Catholic school for more information.
McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program, originally created in 1999, provides scholarships for eligible students with disabilities to attend an eligible public or private school of their choice. Students with disabilities include K-12 students who are documented as having an intellectual disability; a speech or language impairment; a hearing impairment, including deafness; a visual impairment, including blindness; a dual sensory impairment; an emotional or behavioral disability; a specific learning disability, including, but not limited to, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or developmental aphasia; a traumatic brain injury; a developmental delay; or autism spectrum disorder. Parents who would like to know how to apply or would like more information regarding the McKay scholarship can visit their website.
Florida Tax Credit Scholarship
Children with household income levels at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for this scholarship which may be used at Catholic schools in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The scholarships are administered through STEP UP FOR STUDENTS and the AAA Scholarship Foundation. Contact your school or the scholarship providers for more information and to apply.
Diocesan Catholic School Tuition Aid Grant (CSTAG)
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 Catholic 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 along with ALL documents uploaded to FACTS no later than May 31, 2020. 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 2019 W-2 and your 2018 Tax return. If you are self-employed other documents may be required from FACTS. FACTS Grant and Aid application
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. 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 considered 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 Appeal Committee in their decision to approve your appeal. Each appeal received will be carefully reviewed and considered by the Appeal Committee 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 our office 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