The High School of Saint Thomas More: Tuition Assistance

We realize that when a family chooses Catholic education for their children that they are making a financial sacrifice. Individual family financial means vary and we strive to provide financial aid to those who are most in need.

We are blessed to have several methods to obtain tuition assistance toward attending The High School of Saint Thomas More. Please do not let consideration of the cost of attendance be a deterrent to coming to STM!


Step 1: Financial Assistance Determination (All families):

All families seeking financial aid must complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Application with the deadline of May 1, 2023.

Step 2: Parish Support for Catholic families (Non-Catholic families skip to Step 3):

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 1. 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.

A. Complete FACTS Grant & Aid Application online and upload all required documentation by May 1st.

B. After recommendation from FACTS, families will meet with their Pastor to discuss tuition assistance.

C. Meet your parish requirements: To be considered a "family in good standing" for purposes of financial assistance, the Pastors may look to the following criteria:

  1. The family is an active registered parishioner of the parish. Sunday Mass attendance will be discussed.

  2. The family is actively supporting the parish with its time, talents, and treasures.

  3. The family completes all parts to the application for financial assistance by the deadline.

D. Apply for the the Diocesan John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship

Step 3: STM Scholarship Opportunities (All families): 

Returning and incoming families are encouraged to apply for the Empower Illinois Scholarship and STM endowed scholarships detailed here.

If you have questions or concerns please contact STM Finance Director, Becky Knoblauch, or call 217.352.7210.