The Diocese of Las Cruces believes that children from all walks of life should have access to a Catholic education. To affect this, the Diocese sponsors a tuition assistance program for children of modest means in grades K-12. In an effort to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to our care, and provide for equitable distribution, the Diocese of Las Cruces utilizes the FACTS management application process for determining financial need in allocating tuition assistance.
With the grace of God and the assistance of wonderful benefactors, we will continue to offer students the lasting gift of a Catholic education by affording families that qualify tuition assistance.
How to Apply for Tuition Assistance
Many families need help to make Catholic school education more affordable. The first step is making an appointment with the school principal to discuss your situation and options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the source of the funds available through the program?
Tuition Awards are funded through generous donations of individuals, foundations and corporations who appreciate the value of a Catholic school education and want to help families who cannot afford the full tuition bill.
Who is eligible to receive assistance and do I need to be Catholic?
Please see your school principal for the guidelines. In general, families must demonstrate need for tuition assistance and agree to make partial tuition payments. Awards are made without regard to ethnic background, religious affiliation or gender.
How are applications evaluated?
The first step is seeking guidance from your school principal. The principal understands your family’s needs and how best to apply for tuition support. Awards are made based on (a) financial need, (b) the principals recommendation, (c) your pastor’s recommendation, and (d) the availability of funding.
Does my child need to have perfect grades to qualify?
NO, tuition awards are based on financial need as well as the principal and pastor’s recommendation. With that said, tuition assistance programs are designed to help families keep their children in Catholic schools to learn in a faith-filled, safe, values-based and rigorous environment. Today, 98% of students receiving tuition support are graduating from high school in four years and 98% of those graduates are going on to colleges and universities.
Do I have to apply for an award every year?
YES. Families must apply each year to be considered for an award since awards are based on criteria that could change from year-to-year, such as funding availability and family income.