Make Catholic education even more affordable

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; the process begins with families logging on to Smart Aid and submitting an application on or before March 31, 2017 (please note that families must also upload a copy of their 2016 tax return to verify the income they note in the application).

    Here is the link:



    Families who applied for tuition assistance last year should follow these steps:

    1.       login in (using the username and password from 16-17)
    2.       update their information
    3.       submit and pay the $25 application fee
    4.       return to the site and upload their 2016 taxes when completed but no later than 3/31/2017.

    All need based awards should be contingent on reception of the 2016 taxes.

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

    Household Income = $77,648

    One Dependent = $93,214

    Two Dependents = $108,744

    Three Dependents = $124,274

    Add $15,530 for each additional dependent

    Apply Today 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 16-17 Low Achieving Schools: 2016-17 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


    2017-18 Ellis Application: Available SP 2017

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

  • Archbishop Grant for Archdiocesan Employees

    The Archbishop Grant is for full-time Employees of Archdiocese in a parish, school, or AOP setting.

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

    Please click here to download the application:  archbishop-grant-17-18

    Applications will not be accepted after March 15, 2017


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 2017 Neumann Scholars: Announced December 2016



  • 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

    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 –Smart Aid Student Aid Form. The financial aid application (online) is available at the high school websites and the Office of Catholic Education website ( FAMILIES MUST APPLY TO SMART 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.

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

  • St. Thomas More Alumni Association Scholarships

    In 2016-17, 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 12/31/2016

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

  • John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Scholarship

    The John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Scholarship 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 Smart Tuition Student Aid Application
    • committed to serving his/her community
    • interested in or currently attending an AOPS high school

    2017-18 Mitchell Application –2017 Mitchell Scholarship Program Summary and Application

    Learn More John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Scholarship 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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