Invest in your child's education.


Paying for a Catholic education is an investment in your child’s future. This page is intended to make you aware of available resources. After assessing need, and available resources, we can assist you with the process.



The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

If qualified, this scholarship can potentially pay for 100%, 75%, or 50% of tuition! 

Click here to learm more about it.

Caritas Scholars Program

The Archdiocese of Chicago, through the Office of Catholic Schools, is coordinating a financial assistance initiative, the Caritas Scholars Program. The primary goal of the program is to award need-based assistance to families who want to make a Catholic school education a reality but need some help in covering the cost of tuition.


In order to be considered for this program, you must complete both the FACTS and Caritas Scholars Program applications. Click below to apply online: 


Click here for FACTS


Click here for Caritas Application in English


Click here for Caritas Application in Spanish

Haz clic aquí para completar la solicitud de Caritas en español


Additional information will be required for submission as part of the application process.


Quick information:

  • Scholarships are available to new families enrolling in grades K-8

  • New students transferring from another Archdiocesan school can be considered for these funds, however all tuition and fees must be current.

  • Grants will be committed for three years, assuming the student remains in good standing and continues to demonstrate financial need; based on annual submission of financial aid forms. Renewals beyond three years will be considered as needed.

Big Shoulders Fund

St. Richard School can help explain the process.

The mission of The Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. They provide 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.

Rev. J. Siwek Academic Excellence Scholarship

St. Richard School can help explain the process.

St. Richard offers an opportunity for new students to apply for the Reverend Jerome Siwek Academic Excellence Scholarship. The intent of this scholarship is to give students, who are performing academically well at another institution, access to a catholic school education.


The Rev. J. Siwek Academic Excellence Scholarship is worth $1,500 and will be awarded to students who apply to St. Richard and meet the following criteria:


  • Live in the community and be a new, 2014-2015, entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student.

  • Demonstrate financial need.

  • Must have scored in the 75th percentile or above on their most recent Terra Nova or ISAT tests, and be on the honor roll at their current school.

  • Submit one letter of recommendation from current school principal or teacher.

  • Request a transcript from current school to be sent to        St. Richard.


Once accepted into St. Richard, the student becomes part of its Honors program. The $1,500 scholarship will be disbursed throughout the 2014-2015 academic school year.


Applications for the Rev. J. Siwek Academic Excellence Scholarship are available at St. Richard.

Illinois Action for Children

St. Richard School can help explain the process.

St. Richard partners closely with Illinois Action for Children in order to give our parents the financial assistance they need in order to provide better opportunities for their youngest children.


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.


A part of the application is completed by St. Richard, and we’ll help answer any questions you may have. If qualified, it may help cover part or most of your child’s preschool costs.


For more information about Illinois Action for Children or three– or four-year-old preschool enrollment, contact St. Richard.

The Program is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Preschool for All is designed to meet the learning and developmental needs of each child. Preschool for All is an Illinois program that brings together qualified staff, a proven curriculum and parent involvement to promise that all three- and four-year-olds can engage in the early learning experiences they need to help prepare children for success in school and life. Preschool for All funds can be applied to St. Richard School if qualified.


Studies show children who get a high quality preschool experience are more likely to succeed in the future. They are more likely to graduate high school, earn more as adults, and are less likely to need special education. By fostering social, emotional and thinking skills, Preschool for All helps prepare children for kindergarten and their school career.

Preschool for All

St. Richard School can help explain the process.

St. Richard School

5025 South Kenneth Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60632

School Office: 773-582-8083