For students who qualify for admission, Sacred Heart Catholic School (SHCS) provides several tuition assistance options. Tuition assistance is extended based on need. Need is determined based on a family’s total W2 income and tax returns using an established determination formula. The formula keeps the need-based determination objective, removes any possible bias from the school or its personnel, and keeps a family’s financial matters private.
To be eligible for tuition assistance, families must first contact SHCS, apply, be accepted, and enroll. There is a non-refundable application fee for this step.
Tuition assistance is then determined after a student is enrolled. Sacred Heart uses the FACTS system to assist with tuition assistance determination and tuition payments. FACTS is a trusted system for tuition management. It is utilized extensively at SHCS.
Families provide FACTS their W2 income and their most recent tax return documents. Families who are not required to file a tax return must provide documentation to reflect this status. Documentation includes Social Security Income, welfare, child support, food stamps, Worker’s Compensation, TANF and other related documents. After processing, families are notified of the eligible tuition assistance award.
Of those families that apply for tuition assistance, approximately 90% receive an award. It is possible for a student to receive scholarship funding from all scholarship sources if a student qualifies. However, tuition assistance never covers 100% of a student’s tuition.