TUITION ASSISTANCE & SCHOLARSHIPS

While paying for a Catholic education is an investment in your child’s future, we know the cost of tuition and fees can sometimes be a burden on our families.  That's why St. Richard School partners with many programs to provide scholarships and/or tuition assistance to our families who qualify. Below is information on some of the financial aid programs currently available. 

 

Each opportunity has a different application process and qualifying criteria so we encourage you to contact St. Richard School if have questions or require assistance in any way.

ILLINOIS TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS

https://schools.archchicago.org/applying-for-a-tax-credit-scholarship

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” tax credit scholarships are available to Illinois students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade from low-income households who want to attend private schools, including St. Richard Catholic School and other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

BIG SHOULDERS FUND

www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org

The mission of The Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago by providing academic scholarships and need-based tuition assistance. St. Richard will prequalify families who can potentially be granted Big Shoulders funding. These selected families will need to complete and submit a Smart Tuition Aid application to be considered. It should be noted that scholarships require students to work to the best of their potential.

EMPOWER ILLINOIS

https://empowerillinois.org/

The mission of The Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago by providing academic scholarships and need-based tuition assistance. St. Richard will prequalify families who can potentially be granted Big Shoulders funding. These selected families will need to complete and submit a Smart Tuition Aid application to be considered. It should be noted that scholarships require students to work to the best of their potential.

ILLINOIS ACTION FOR CHILDREN

http://www.actforchildren.org

Illinois Action for Children is a state program that helps families pay for childcare, including preschool and before and after school care. The goal is to assist low-income parents pay for childcare as the parent strives toward self-sufficiency by engaging in a qualifying activity, such as work, and/or school. To be eligible, parents must be either working and/or in school, and meet income and family size guidelines.

ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIPS

https://schools.archchicago.org/archdiocesan-scholarships

The Archdiocese of Chicago offers two scholarship programs -- the Phoenix Scholarship and the Caritas Scholarship.

  • The Phoenix Scholarship is awarded to families in Cook and Lake Counties who demonstrate financial need and meet certain other criteria established by the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust (CEST) in conjunction with the Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) of the Archdiocese.

  • The Caritas Scholarship is awarded to families in need of financial support to continue placing their child or children in a Catholic school. 

Applications for both of these programs must be made by the school principal. To be learn more and discuss eligibility requirements, please contact St. Richard Principal Michelle Napier at mnapier@strichard.net.