Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Please visit to access the tuition assistance application.

The questions below are meant to assist you and your family with your questions regarding financial aid and scholarships.

OCFE-Financial Aid

Are there scholarships available for which my child may apply?

Yes, see list below. Please note; all scholarships have very specific eligibility requirements. Contact your school office for further information and application.

Geis Scholars Program: Ten $5,000 scholarships, open only to students who are refugees, immigrants, or children of first generation immigrants enrolled in Catholic High Schools in Cuyahoga County.

Thomas Moore Family Scholarship: Four $500 scholarships for four elementary students AND one $1,000 scholarship each for two students at Elyria Catholic and two students at Cleveland Central Catholic (current 9th grade students apply).

Bishops’ Scholarship for Excellence: Eight $3,000 Scholarships open to 10th and 11th grade students AND sixteen $1,000 scholarships open to 6th and 7th grade students.

John L. Patton Memorial Scholarship: Full tuition for one academic year open to children of veterans who will be a junior or senior in a Diocesan owned high school. (Holy Name, Lake Catholic, VASJ, Central Catholic, or Elyria Catholic) 

Do Catholic schools accept any of the state scholarships (“vouchers”)?

To find out more about each scholarship program, follow the “Learn more” links to the Ohio Department of Education website where each scholarship program is explained in more detail and where the list of participating private schools (including Catholic Schools) who accept the particular scholarship are listed.

Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program:

Many of the Cleveland Diocese Catholic schools accept students who participate in the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program. The Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program (CSTP) provides educational choices for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Students who currently reside in the Cleveland Municipal School District and will be in grades K-12 for the next school year are eligible for this program. Learn more…CSTP

Ohio EdChoice Scholarship Program:

Students currently attending an underperforming public school in their resident district are eligible to apply. Public school students attending a school in their resident district that will be assigned to such a school in the upcoming school year are also eligible to apply. Students currently attending a charter/community school whose home school is an eligible school on the list are also eligible to apply. Learn more…EdChoice

Autism Scholarship Program:

The Autism Scholarship Program (ASP) gives the parents of children with autism who qualify for a scholarship the choice to send the child to a special education program other than the one operated by the school district of residence to receive their education and the services outlined in the child’s individualized education program (IEP). Learn more…ASP

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program:

The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program will provide scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence. The amount of each scholarship will be based on the disability identified on the student’s IEP. Learn more…JPSNSP


How do I apply for financial assistance?

Beginning in January, families of K-12 students may apply for tuition assistance by completing a FACTS application online at FACTS is a third-party company used to evaluate financial need.

How will I know if my child qualified for Diocesan Tuition Assistance for a Catholic elementary or secondary school?

Families can apply in ONE of two application periods for Diocesan Tuition Assistance.

Round 1 applications plus the required tax forms and processing fee must be submitted by
March 1. Families will be notified in April regarding their award amount or their ineligibility for an award. Schools are also notified about awards during the same time.

Round 2 applications plus the required tax forms and processing fee must be submitted by June 1. Families will be notified in July regarding their award amount or their ineligibility for an award. Schools are also notified about awards during the same time.

Please note that late applications cannot be honored.

Other Notes About Financial Assistance

  • Diocesan award checks are sent to schools in October. Your award may not show on your school tuition invoice until the school has received and deposited the DTA check.
  • It is important to inquire at your school/parish regarding Local Tuition Assistance.
  • If, during the course of the school year you are having difficulty meeting your tuition payments, please contact your parish pastor, your school business manager or school principal.

Is tuition assistance offered in the Diocese of Cleveland and how are assistance funds generated?

Tuition assistance is available at the diocesan level and often locally through the school or parish.

Diocesan tuition assistance dollars are raised through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Catechetical Formation & Education and the Catholic Community Foundation, both entities of the Diocese of Cleveland. Thanks to the generosity of donors throughout the diocese to the Rooted in Faith-Forward in Hope Campaign, the Alleluia Ball Benefit, and the Faith and Values Appeal, assistance is available to over 3,000 students in need each year.

These donors believe in the value of Catholic education and recognize that tuition assistance is needed by many families wanting their children to attend Catholic schools. For more information about the various fundraising initiatives of the Catholic Community Foundation or to make a contribution to those programs, please go to:

Diocesan Tuition Assistance

  • Donors across the Diocese of Cleveland have been generous in their gifts to tuition assistance funds. These funds are distributed yearly to needy families through a process that takes into account family and school need, total number of children applying for aid, and total amount of funds available that year. Families must apply each year.

Local Tuition Assistance

  • Local assistance comes from the particular school to which families apply. There are often funds available from the school’s supporting donor community. Pastors and principals try to accommodate families with a tuition payment program that can fit a family’s budget. School leaders recognize the sacrifices parents and relatives make to afford this quality education.


Why should we choose a Catholic education for our children? It will certainly be a big financial investment for our family.

When you choose a Catholic school for your child, you get a return on your investment.

  • There are 110 schools for K-12 education and 67 Prekindergarten programs in the Cleveland Diocese.
  • Faith is nurtured and developed among students, teachers, staff and parents.
  • Strong and dynamic academics –with a deliberate effort to prepare students with 21st Century skills, including a wide range of technology skills and STEM programs.
  • A sense of outreach and service to others which foster life-long orientation to helping others and to giving back to the community.

Faith, Discipline and Moral Development

  • Students participate in daily prayer and religion classes, have frequent opportunities for worship and Mass attendance and receive sacramental preparation.
  • The teachings of Jesus Christ infuse every subject and extracurricular activity.
  • Parents value the spiritual development their children receive early in life giving them a lifetime of morals and values on which to build.
  • Parents appreciate the character education that is instilled in their children, as well as the rigorous curriculum that is provided in a Catholic school—surpassing other school options and preparing their children for future success.

Strong and Dynamic Academics

  • Catholic schools are a safe and ordered place for children to learn. Faith, discipline and strong academics lead the way for student success!
  • Catholic elementary school students continue to perform competitively with other students nationally who take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
  • Over 96% of Catholic high school graduates pursue higher education.
  • In June of 2016, over $271 million dollars in merit-based college scholarship money was awarded to the graduating seniors of our high schools.

Outreach and Service

  • Catholic schools offer an environment in which your children can discuss and live out the values upon which their education is based.
  • Families who choose Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland develop a lifelong foundation for career, family and community life.
  • Catholic school students contribute to society and pursue leadership roles in the community.


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