Tuition Assistance

Did you know that the tuition charged at a Quincy Catholic elementary school is less than half of the actual cost to educate a student? Therefore, every family receives tuition assistance. The difference in the cost to educate and the tuition charged is funded through the generous stewardship of the parishioners of Quincy's four Catholic parishes that sponsor an elementary school: Blessed Sacrament, St. Anthony (St. Dominic School), St. Francis, and St. Peter. Approximately 30% of QCES families receive additional tuition assistance through the FACTS Grant & Aid Application process.

The Tuition Assistance Program, coordinated through the QCES Foundation, includes scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. To ensure impartiality and sensitivity to privacy, the schools employ FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to compile applications for assistance and to recommend amounts to be awarded.

Click the FACTS application below for the Quincy Catholic Elementary School where you wish to enroll your child(ren) for the 2022-2023 school year. There is a one-time non-refundable online application fee of $40 per family. FACTS accepts all major Credit Cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover). 

For priority consideration of this application for tuition assistance, it should be submitted by Thursday, March 31, 2022. Applications will be accepted after Thursday, March 31, 2022, but there is no guarantee that tuition assistance funds will still be available for those who apply after Thursday, March 31, 2022.

The FACTS Application must be completed and submitted online. Paper copies cannot be completed and submitted. If you need assistance with completing the online application, FACTS provides a Help Line that you can access through the phone number they provide on their application webpage. 

Required Documentation

Depending on your application some or all of the following documents may be required:

  • Copy of your most recent IRS Federal Form 1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. If applicant and co-applicant file separately, we require both tax returns for the same tax year.
  • Copies of all your most recent W-2 Wage and Tax Statements for both the applicant and co-applicant.

Please Note: If you are applying before you have received all of your W-2 Wage and Tax Statements, please submit them as soon as they become available.

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Other Tuition Assistance Options

Newcomer’s Scholarship

The QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship is a partially need-based full-tuition scholarship that will be awarded annually to one student in Grades K – 8, either Catholic or non-Catholic, whose family does not currently have any children enrolled in one of Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools. It is non-renewable beyond the first year the student receives the scholarship. However, a QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship recipient will be eligible to apply for tuition assistance in subsequent years, and any tuition assistance a student may be awarded will be based on the financial need of a student’s family, as determined by the FACTS and the amount of tuition assistance available from the QCES Foundation for that particular school year.

Newcomer’s Scholarship Application

Father Augustus Tolton Scholarship

The Fr. Augustus Tolton Scholarship is a QCES full tuition scholarship (K-8) for one or more children awarded to one family registered at each of the four Quincy Catholic parishes (Blessed Sacrament, St. Anthony, St. Francis, and St. Peter) who have demonstrated financial need as determined by information provided by the family on the FACTS Application Form. Since the scholarships are need based, the names of the four families who are awarded a Fr. Augustus Tolton Scholarship will not be disclosed.

Fr. Augustus Tolton Scholarship Application

St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship

Full-tuition and fees scholarship (K-8) for four students registered at one of the four Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools whose family does not currently have a student enrolled and who has demonstrated financial need as determined by information provided by the family on the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Application Form. More than one member of a family may receive the scholarship. The scholarship is intended for students of color, non-Catholic students, students below poverty level, or students with disabilities.

St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship Application

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

Eligible Illinois families can also apply for an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship that will cover up to 100% of private school tuition and fees up to a maximum of the average Illinois cost to educate.

EMPOWER ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN

For detailed information on applying and donating to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, please visit EmpowerIllinois.org.

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Gene Grawe Fund

Families can participate in the Gene Grawe Fund to help offset tuition. Participating families may purchase gift cards offered through many retailers. These businesses donate a percentage of the profits into the scholarship fund, which is then distributed to the tuition accounts of the families participating. Relatives and friends of families can also purchase cards to generate funding. Gift cards are easily available and can be used for items that are part of the normal family budget such as groceries and gas.

Gift cards can be purchased in the Gene Grawe Fund office located in the lobby at St. Peter Church, 2600 Maine Street.

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Illinois Tax Credit

Illinois residents are eligible for the Illinois Tax Credit for Private School Tuition and Fees. This tax credit provision allows parents to write off 25% of their eligible education expenses for their children, up to a maximum credit of $750. Eligible expenses include tuition, book fees, and lab fees in excess of $250. Talk to your tax advisor about this special credit.