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Affordable and accessible: Tuition assistance helps with future of Catholic education

Scholarship application process for the 2020-21 school year begins with Catholic Schools Week

Millions of dollars in scholarships and financial aid are given to families each year for their children to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Working behind the scenes to make that possible are several entities, including the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, the Beyond Sunday campaign of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri, the Annual Catholic Appeal, the Office of Catholic Education and Formation, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other partners.

More than $25 million in tuition assistance is distributed annually to families for their children to attend Catholic schools, not to mention additional aid that comes from individual parishes.

Catholic Schools Week marks the opening of the scholarship application process for the 2020-21 school year. Beginning Jan. 27, families may apply for scholarships to attend any elementary school in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, any Catholic high school and any private elementary school in the City of St. Louis. Online applications are available at www.ttef-stl.org. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 28.

Families have the opportunity to apply for scholarship assistance through a unified online application, which is used for all scholarships funded by the Office of Catholic Education and Formation, Today and Tomorrow and Beyond Sunday. The Today and Tomorrow scholarship office administers tuition assistance scholarships on behalf of all entities.

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation was founded in 1991 by Archbishop John L. May and Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff, SSND, with support from the local business community, to provide partial tuition assistance scholarships to help low-income children attend faith-based schools. The foundation has raised more than $125 million for scholarships from local and national funding sources since its inception.

The Beyond Sunday campaign, led by the Roman Catholic Foundation, concluded in October 2017 as the most successful capital campaign in the history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The campaign raised $110 million; 60% of pledges built the Beyond Sunday Education Fund to fund scholarships and school/PSR grants, and 40%, less campaign expenses, was returned to individual parishes to address local needs.


Apply for a scholarship

Alive in Christ scholarships: 400 available; up to $2,000 available per student: www.ttef-stl.org/alive-in-christ/

Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: 300 available; up to $2,000 available per student www.ttef-stl.org/ help-for-today-hope-for-tomorrow/

Beyond Sunday scholarships: For middle-income families; up to 155 new awards and 765 renewed awards renewed of $750 to $1,750 per elementary school student; and up to 50 new awards and 110 renewed awards of $2,000 to $3,500 for high school students: www.ttef-stl.org/beyond-sunday/

Soar! (renewals only): Tuition assistance to income-eligible students of all faiths to attend select Catholic elementary and high schools in the City of St. Louis and North St. Louis County. The program is currently closed to new applicants.

Futures: Full-tuition scholarships to families wishing to enroll their children at select schools in St. Louis City, regardless of residency or faith.

Parish Employees Endowment Fund: Financial assistance for parish employees’ children to attend an archdiocesan or parochial elementary school or an archdiocesan or parochial high school. Annual income guidelines are not published because both income and annual expenses are considered in the award process.

Catholic Family Tuition Assistance: Grants are made on the basis of financial need as determined by the application process. Grants may be used for Catholic children in Catholic families to attend an archdiocesan or parochial elementary school or an archdiocesan or parochial high school. Annual income guidelines are not published because both income and annual expenses are considered in the award process.

To apply for one of the scholarships administered by the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, visit www.ttef-stl.org. The application process opens Monday, Jan. 27. The deadline for applying for a scholarship is Friday, Feb. 28.

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation will host two support sessions for parents that would like help reapplying online or do not have computer access. Sessions will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. and parents must bring all required documents.

• Tuesday, Feb. 4, at South City Catholic Academy, 5821 Pernod Ave. in St. Louis

• Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, 1115 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson


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