Make Catholic education even more affordable

Each school in the Archdiocese sets its own tuition, but we’ve put together a comprehensive portfolio of need-based and merit-based opportunities available to existing or incoming AOPS students.

These programs, in addition to offers available from individual schools, can drastically reduce tuition costs.

  • Tuition Assistance Program

    AOPS schools offer needs-based assistance.

    Aid for the 2017-2018 school year closed on September 30, 2017.

    Aid for the 2018-2019 school year will be processed by FACTS Grant and Aid. Please click the Apply Now button below to be taken to the FACTS Grant and Aid site, where you can complete and submit your application online. You will be also be asked to submit your 2017 taxes in the spring of 2018 when they are available.

    Parents with questions regarding their application can call  866-441-4637  to speak to a FACTS representative.

    Representatives are available Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, and on Fridays from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. FACTS representatives can assist with a variety of topics, such as:

    • How to create a user account
    • Clarification on how to answer application questions
    • What tax documents must be submitted

    All need-based awards will be contingent on reception of the 2017 taxes.

    Income guidelines for EITC /OSTC programs for 2017-2018 were as follows:

    • Household income: $77,648
    • One dependent: $93,178
    • Two dependents: $108,708
    • Three dependents: $124,238
    • Add $15,530 for each additional dependent

    Apply Now Tuition Assistance Program External Link Clicks - Needs-Based

  • Educational Improvement Tax Credit

    The EITC grant allows businesses to contribute to education and receive a tax credit for their contributions. These funds are available to schools when businesses register with the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development for tax credits under this program.

    In order to receive the EITC grant, students must be:

    • elementary or high school-aged
    • a resident of Pennsylvania and enrolled in a Pennsylvania school
    • a member of a household with an annual household income no more than $77,648 (except that an additional income allowance of $15,530 is permitted for the student and for each other dependent as defined by the IRS living within the same household)

    For more information about EITC availability, contact the administration of the AOPS school you plan to attend.

  • Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit

    The OSTC provides tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to tuition assistance in the form of scholarships. These scholarships are awarded with preference to students who received funds in the prior year and are within 185% of the poverty level, as determined by the federal government.

    In order to receive an OSTC grant, students must:

    • live within the attendance boundaries of a low-achieving school as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • be a member of a household with an annual household income of no more than $77,648 (plus $15,530 for each dependent member of the household)

    List of 17-18 Low Achieving Schools:2017- 18 OSTCP – List of Low Achieving Schools

    For more information about OSTC availability, contact the administration of the AOPS school you plan to attend.

  • Charles Ellis Trust for Girls

    The Charles Ellis Trust for Girls helps young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for post-secondary success.

    To be eligible for an Ellis Trust, applicants must:

    • reside in Philadelphia
    • live in a household where one or both parents are physically disabled or mentally absent. Married guardians (aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings) must still meet the income guidelines.
    • be currently enrolled in either 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (including the summer before 9th grade)
    • have at least a C average in major school subjects
    • continue to make academic progress toward timely graduation

    Additionally, families of applicants must:

    • meet the income eligibility requirements for reduced-price lunch under the National School Lunch Program
    • prove the applicant’s dependency status (applicant’s name must appear on tax returns or DPA documents)
    • not own property other than their primary house


    2018-19 Ellis Application: Available SP 2018

    Learn More Charles Ellis Trust for Girls External Link Clicks - Needs-Based

  • Archbishop's Grant for Archdiocesan Employees

    The Archbishop’s Grant is for full-time Employees of Archdiocese in a parish, school, or AOP setting. This grant only applies to High School Tuition. The grant may only be used at one of the 17 AOPS High Schools.

    You must complete the Archdiocesan tuition assistance application found at FACTS Grant and Aid to be considered for a financial aid award from the Archbishop’s Grant. Please use this link for Financial Aid:  The amount of the awards will depend on the number of applicants and the need of families.

    Awards will be made in the spring of 2018 and posted to your Smart Tuition account for the 2018-19 school year

    Applications will not be accepted after December 31, 2017 –

    Click below for 2018-19 Application



    Apply Now Archbishop's Grant for Archdiocesan Employees External Link Clicks - Needs-Based

  • Bishop Tuition Transfer Grant

    The Office of Catholic Education  is happy to announce a new Bishop’s Tuition Transfer Grant program now available to any public, private or charter school student who transfers into a participating school (see full list below).

    Upon acceptance, eligible students entering grades 2 through 7 will receive $1,500 in total tuition grants.  This grant is paid over two years – $1,000 toward their tuition in year one and $500 toward their second year tuition.

    The following conditions must be met to be considered for this award:

    • Parents must complete and submit the financial aid application (FACTS) by the specified deadline. (March 15)
    • Students who accept the Bishop Tuition Transfer Grant must maintain attendance through the first trimester.

    To apply for this grant, please contact one of the following schools:

High school students with exceptional academic performance and personal character are invited to apply to these scholarship programs.

  • Neumann Scholarship

    The Neumann Scholarship program identifies academically talented 8th grade students through an independently administered competitive examination. Students will receive a four-year scholarship to the Archdiocesan high school of their choice.

    Each year, more than 900 eligible students from the parish/regional elementary schools in five counties compete for this scholarship.

    Elementary school principals invite qualified students to sit for the Neumann Scholar test. Students must meet the following criteria:

    • attended a parish/regional elementary school for the entire 7th grade academic year
    • currently attends an AOP parish/regional school
    • achieved a National Percentile (NP) Total Score of 90 or above OR a Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) of 120 or above in the 7th grade Terra Nova Test
    • achieved a final general average of 92.0 or higher in the final marking period of 7th grade
    • has a strong desire to attend an AOPS high school
    • completed the application process by the stated deadline
    • submitted an essay to elementary school principal by the stated deadline

    To learn more about this program, contact your school administrator.

    Class of 2018 Neumann Scholars: Announced December 2017


  • Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Awards

    The Josephine C. Connelly Achievement Award is a four-year tuition grant presented to 8th grade students who best demonstrate the value of a Catholic education by striving to achieve their full academic potential. The four-year grant covers 40% of the student’s tuition at one of the 17 AOPS high schools or Mercy Career and Technical High School. An annual review by the high school president determines renewal of the Connelly Foundation’s yearly commitment to each student.

    Scholarships are only awarded to students currently attending Philadelphia parish/regional Catholic elementary schools.

    To learn more about this program, contact your school administrator.

  • Maguire Scholars Program

    Thank you for your interest in the Maguire Scholarship program.

    The Maguire Scholarship Application process is now closed for the 2018-19 school year. 

    The Maguire Foundation, in partnership with the Faith in the Future Foundation awards $3,000 per-year scholarships to at least six students in each of the seventeen qualifying AOPS high schools, or Mercy Career and Technical High School.

    The scholarship is renewable for each of the four years of high school, given that the Maguire Scholar maintains standards consistent with the qualifications listed below.

    To receive a scholarship, a student must fulfill the following criteria for selection:

    • Financial Need: Candidates must have a demonstrated financial need of at least $3,000 as determined by a completed tuition assistance application –FACTS Grant and Aid . The financial aid application (online) is available at the high school websites and the Office of Catholic Education website ( . FAMILIES MUST APPLY TO FACTS Grant and Aid  TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE MAGUIRE SCHOLARSHIP AND TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ANY ADDITIONAL TUITION ASSISTANCE FUNDS THAT MAY BE MADE AVAILABLE. 
    • Academic Ability: The criteria for academic excellence requires at least a cumulative 85 average utilizing the final grades of the 7th grade and the first trimester of the 8th grade or equivalent at the time of application. Additionally, a Total Score-National Percentile (NP) of 60 on the Seventh Grade TerraNova test is
    • Personal Growth and Development: Candidate must have minimal absences and latenesses at the time of the application. In addition, he/she must show at least “Satisfactory” on his/her report card in “personal ”
    • Commitment to Community Service and Extracurricular Activity: Candidate must be currently participating in at least one ongoing community service AND at least one extracurricular
    • High School Matriculation: Candidate must attend one of the seventeen Archdiocesan High Schools or Mercy Career and Technical High School and he/she must have completed the application process for that high school.

    The Maguire Scholarship Application process is now closed for the 2018-19 school year.

    The 2019-20 Application will be available in the fall of 2018.

    Learn More Maguire Scholars Program External Link Clicks - Merit-Based

  • Howley Family Foundation Scholarship

    Thank you for your interest in the Howley Foundation  Scholarship program.

    The Howley Family Foundation Scholarship Application is now closed for the 2018-19 school year.

    The Howley Family Foundation Scholarship awards $3,200 annually to the recipient, a total of $12,800 over four years. The recipient must carry a 3.0 average and be involved in a minimum of one extra-curricular activity. Recipients must also show a minimum of $5000 need through the FACTS Grant and Aid application process

    Scholarships are available at the following AOP schools:

    Roman Catholic

    John W. Hallahan

    Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls

    Monsignor Bonner- Archbishop Prendergast High School

    Bishop McDevitt

    SS. John Neumann – Maria Goretti HS

    West Catholic Prep

    Mercy Career & Technical

    Apply Howley Family Foundation Scholarship External Link Clicks - Merit-Based

  • St. Thomas More Alumni Association Scholarships

    In 2017-18, the St. Thomas More Alumni Association awarded over $100,000 in high school scholarships.

    To be considered for this award, students must:

    • be related to, or recommended by, an STM alumnus
    • plan to attend an AOPS high school for the next academic year
    • be active in school, sports, or church activities
    • have a good academic record
    • be involved in community service
    • Apply before 12/31/2017

    Learn More St. Thomas More Alumni Association Scholarships External Link Clicks - Merit-Based

  • Monsignor John Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund

    The Monsignor John Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund supports Catholic African American students with exceptional academic ability who are in need of financial assistance. Scholarship(s) are awarded annually based upon the determination of the selection committee.

    For this scholarship, students must be:

    • Catholic and African American
    • in good academic standing with at least a cumulative B average at the time of the scholarship award
    • eligible for financial assistance as determined by a completed FACTS Grant and Aid application (online)
    • committed to serving his/her community
    • interested in or currently attending an AOPS high school

    2018-19 Application now available

    Learn More Monsignor John Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund External Link Clicks - Merit-Based

Start your child’s academic adventure

Many AOPS schools offer financial aid above and beyond the programs listed here. To learn more, contact your local AOPS school today.



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