Tuition Assistance

Many families make great sacrifices to send their children to Catholic school. For some families, however, the financial stretch makes the choice difficult. For families unable to afford the entire cost of a Catholic school education, help is available through the Diocese of Metuchen Tuition Assistance program.

Funding for this program is made possible through the Foundation for Catholic Education (FCE), an endowment fund that was established to provide financial support to aid low- and moderate-income families.

Important Information about the 2016-2017 program:

This year, we are moving from a paper to an online application process. FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment (FGAA) has been selected to conduct the financial need analysis for the Diocese of Metuchen. 

Beginning January 31, 2016
, applicants may apply online by going to Applicants have the choice of an English or Spanish online form. Applications and all required supporting documentation must be submitted to FGAA by April 15, 2016. The application fee is $30 and must be paid online at the time you submit your application. Forms of payment include debit cards, most major credit cards, or an electronic check.

Because this process is new and unfamiliar to our families and schools, and because some families may not have easy access to the technology needed to complete the online application, the diocese and several of our partner schools are offering FACTS Online Application Workshops throughout the months of February, March and April.  Staff and FACTS representatives will be on-hand to walk through the application process and scan or fax required documents to FGAA. Families must register to attend. Please note that space is limited.

The dates and locations of these workshops are listed on the registration form, and workshops that will have Spanish-speaking staff on-hand are marked.



  • The deadline for submission of applications and ALL supporting documents to FGAA is April 15, 2016 (the link will be deactivated on April 16). No applications will be accepted by mail.
  • Only registered Catholic families with children (K-12) in one of our diocesan, parochial or regional schools are eligible. Pre-K students and college students are not eligible.
  • Students attending the two private high schools in the diocese (Mount Saint Mary Academy and St. Joseph High School), must seek financial assistance directly from those schools.


Who is eligible to apply?

Catholic students attending eligible schools and registered in eligible parishes within the Diocese of Metuchen. Find a list of eligible schools and eligible parishes here.

When do I apply?

Online application forms are available at beginning Catholic Schools Week, (usually the last week or weekend in January).

Is there a deadline?

Yes. Online applications must be submitted, along with all necessary required documents, by April 15. If April 15 falls on a Sunday, then applications must be submitted by April 16. The application process requires the submission of your prior year's 1040 Federal Tax Return, so families should plan to have their taxes completed before the deadline.

2016 Important Dates
  • Jan. 31:                 Application Period opens - application available at:
  • Jan. 31 - April 15:   Applications completed and submitted to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment     
  • April 15:                 Deadline to submit applications and supporting documents
  • April - May:            Application processing period
  • Mid-May:               Family/School notification of grant award decisions

*Note: You may check the status of your application by logging on to the FGAA account you created when you opened your application. All notifications to families and schools will be via email.

How are grants determined?

Tuition assistance grants are determined based on an analysis of each family's financial need. All applicants are need-ranked as a group and the available funds from the FCE are distributed as a percent of the need beginning with the applicants most in need and continuing until all available funds are exhausted. .

When will I know if my family will receive Tuition Assistance?

All families will receive an email notification on or about the middle of May.

What if I need to speak with someone?

If you require additional information, please contact the Tuition Assistance Hotline at (732) 562-1990 ext. 1610. We strive to return all calls within 48 hours.

Additional Information

For the 2016-2017 school year, the diocesan recommended standard rate for elementary school tuition is $4,600, not including fees. Please see individual schools for tuition charged.

Catholic vs. non-Catholic rates

Each school sets its own tuition and fee schedules. Since all parishes provide a financial subsidy to all schools in our diocese, parish schools generally set different tuition rates for Catholic students and non-Catholic students. Please check with the school you are interested in for specific rates.