"It is the intent of the Priests of the Champaign Vicariate that no qualified Catholic student should be denied an education at The High School of Saint Thomas More because of the lack of financial resources. As a consequence, the parishes of the Champaign Vicariate have made generous financial assistance funds available to children of their parishioners."
The High School of Saint Thomas More’s belief that Catholic education is the commitment and responsibility of the parents leads to our goal of providing financial aid for families who are in most in need. There are several external ways to obtain tuition assistance toward attending The High School of Saint Thomas More. If further assistance is needed, STM encourages families to reach out to the school for help in providing a Catholic education.
Step 1: Financial Assistance Determination
All families seeking assistance must complete the FACTS Application with the deadline of March 15th, 2020. More information on FACTS can be found here: https://online.factsmgt.com/aid.
Step 2: Scholarship Opportunities
- Empower Illinois - All families seeking assistance must also apply for the Illinois Tax Credit scholarship. To apply for the scholarship, go to https://empowerillinois.org/
- Spalding Scholarship - A family applying for Spalding Scholarship assistance must be an active member in good standing at a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria - http://cdop.org/why-choose-catholic-schools/financial-assistance/
Step 3: Parish Support
The parishes of the Champaign Vicariate generously provide financial assistance from their parish budgets. To be considered for assistance, a family must be registered and in good standing with a parish in the Champaign Vicariate. After completing the application process with FACTS, applicants will meet with their pastor to determine the final amount of assistance by June 1st. It is necessary that families submit a new application for each school year, regardless of this year’s application result. STM and your parish are committed to making sure every student who wants a Catholic high school education receives one.
Non-Catholic families are encouraged to reach out to their church and meet with the STM Finance Director, Becky Knoblauch, if seeking tuition assistance.
Step 4: STM Scholarship Opportunities
For the 2018-19 school year, STM awarded over $440,000 in need-based aid to students seeking some form of tuition assistance. Each family’s case is individually considered.