Tuition Assistance

Many families make great sacrifices to send their children to a Catholic school. For some families, however, the financial stretch, especially for those with more than one child in school, makes the choice difficult.

For those families who are unable to afford a Catholic education, help is available through the Diocese of Metuchen's Tuition Assistance program.

Tuition Assistance in the Diocese of Metuchen is made possible through The Foundation for Catholic Education, an endowment fund that was established to provide financial support to aid low and moderate income parents.

In 2013, over $750,000 in tuition grants were awarded to 636 students in the Diocese's schools. Families with children in grades K-12 who attend any of the Diocese's 26 elementary schools, two Diocesan high schools or one parish high school can apply for tuition assistance.

Families with students in the Diocese's two private high schools can seek assistance directly from those high schools.

Tuition assistance grants are determined based on need. The application process for tuition assistance is administered by a third-party company, Private School Aid Service (PSAS). To determine a family's eligibility, PSAS analyzes a family's income as well as other factors that affect the ability to afford tuition.

Grant application forms are usually available from any school during Catholic Schools Week, which will fall between January 26 and February 1, 2014.

Generally, applications must be completed and submitted, including the pastor's signature, by the established deadline, usually in late March or early April. Every family that applies will receive a letter of notification whether or not the grant has been approved by mid-June of the year they applied. Schools are also notified at this time. Actual grant monies are sent directly to the school in late fall. Tuition billing adjustments for each family are done by the individual school. The financial aid forms can be obtained by contacting the principal or business office of the school your child attends or will attend, or you can download a copy by clicking on the link below.

Financial Aid Information Letter:

 

     1. English Version

     2. Spanish Version

  • PSAS Student Aid Application 2014-2015:
  1. English Version
  2. Spanish Version
  3.   

Hardcopy application forms may be obtained directly from your school during Catholic Schools week (end of January).

  1. Diocese of Metuchen School and Parish List 
  2. Diocese of Metuchen School and Parish List Spanish
  3. Please note: This version of the 2014-2015 Diocesan application for financial aid is a state of the art interactive PDF, and may be utilized in two ways:

    1) The Student Aid Form PDF may be printed, completed by hand and mailed to PSAS.

    2) In addition, you may also complete the Student Aid Form PDF directly on your computer screen by placing the cursor at the appropriate fields and typing in the information. The “Tab” key is the key stroke to advance the cursor to the next field (the most common error is to use the “Enter” key). You do not have to click on each field to answer a question. When you are finished, print the completed document and save it to your computer for your records (If you are running Acrobat 7 or higher).

    In either instance, please remember:

    1) you and your pastor must sign the application;

    2) you must attach copies of any necessary tax information and required documentation (send only copies of these documents, and save a copy for your files);

    3) and finally, you must mail the completed application and non-refundable processing fee of $27.00, made payable to Private School Aid Service (PSAS) to the following address:

    Private School Aid Service
    PO Box 89434
    Cleveland, OH 44101-6434

    2014 Important Dates

    Jan.26 to

    Feb. 1

    Application forms available directly from schools

    Jan.26 to

    Mar. 31   

    Applications submitted directly to PSAS for processing

    March 31

    Deadline for application submission.
    Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2014

    April to May

    Application processing by PSAS.
    mid-June Notification letters are sent to all families that applied, informing them of final grant award decision. Notification letters are also sent to principals and pastors.

     

    Parents may check the status of their application by logging on to Private School Aid Service at www.psas.org.

     Tuition Assistance Grants

  4. The Diocese of Metuchen provides tuition assistance grants to families in financial need who attend one of our diocesan Catholic elementary or high schools. These grants are provided through The Foundation for Catholic Education Endowment Fund.  Through the generosity of donors and sponsors through the Diocese, funding to provide this level of diocesan tuition assistance comes from three sources: the annual diocesan collection, the net proceeds, and interest income.
  5. For the 2013-2014 school year, The Foundation for Catholic Education was able to provide the following assistance:

    Total Grants Actually Distributed

    $773,410

    Total Number Student Applicants

    965

    Total Recipients

    638

    Total Financial Need of All Applicants

    $3,062,643

    Average Percent of Need Covered

    27.42%

    Minimum Tuition Grant (Elementary)

    $300

    Minimum Tuition Grant (Secondary)

    $600

    Maximum Grant (Elementary)

    $1,260

    Maximum Grant (Secondary)

    $2,670

    The percent of financial need covered by individual grant awards per student for the 2013-2014 school year ranged from 18.95%-30.32%%.  The actual financial need for a student is calculated by Private School Aid Service based on parent financial aid applications.

    For the 2013-2014 school year, the diocesan minimum standard for elementary school tuition was $4,150, not including fees. Please see individual schools for actual tuition charged.

    Catholic vs. non-Catholic rates
    Each parish 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.

    Operating Cost per Child

    Using the 2013-2014 school year financial data across all of our elementary schools, the following represents the average operation cost per child: $5,364. The cost to educate a child in one of our schools is covered by 3 main sources of income which are outlined below. Using the average $5,364 above,

    Percentage of Cost Covered by Tuition and Fees

    76.4%

    Percentage of Cost Covered by Parish Subsidy

    9.4%

    Percentage of Cost Covered by Fundraising and Donations

    12.3%

    The ideal breakdown of operating costs for any Diocese of Metuchen Catholic school should be covered as follows:

    Tuition and Fees

    70%

    Parish Subsidy

    15%

    Fundraising & Donations

    15%