Make Catholic education even more affordable
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All PK-8 families enroll in a FACTS tuition payment plan, which allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs. Monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and full payment options are available. You may pay by credit card or automatic bank draft. High school families should contact their school directly for payment options.
Bishop's Scholarship Fund Impact
The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund is to help make Catholic education affordable for families in need. The application process begins on February 1.
Students Awarded Scholarships
Over $3 Million
Foundations in Education is a non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County. Foundations in Education Inc. is committed to strengthen and transform the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by providing tuition assistance to families in need, supporting innovation in academic programs, and fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders..
Their primary purpose is to raise money to support Catholic education by providing tuition assistance to families in need through the Bishop's Scholarship Fund.
The mission of the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund (BSF) is to help families in need afford a Catholic education. In the 2023-2024 academic year, BSF awarded over $3,000,000 in aid to families at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.
All families who have a child or children registered or are new registrants in a Diocesan-sponsored Catholic elementary school in Fairfield County (Grades K-8) and are in financial need of tuition assistance.
- 2023 W-2 Forms (W-2s are mailed out in January by your employer. If not received by January 31, contact your employer.)
- Entire 2022 or 2023 IRS Federal Tax Return, including any supporting Schedules (If you do not receive W-2s, you must submit your 2023 Tax Return.)
- Include any schedules filed with your 1040.
- If you cannot locate your tax return, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 and request a transcript.
- If you do not file taxes, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-9946 and request verification on non-filing.
Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application, answer all questions applicable to the Bishop's Scholarship Fund and submit the required supporting documentation. It is best to scan and upload your documents however families can now upload files in JPEG or PDF format from a mobile device. Faxed and mailed documents are no longer accepted. Please note there is a non-refundable $30.00 application processing fee payable by bank information. Only one application per family is required annually.
The deadline for RETURNING families (families with a child currently enrolled in K-8 at any Diocesan-sponsored Catholic elementary school) is March 15, 2024 and NEW families April 15, 2024. Only completed FACTS Grant & Aid applications submitted online with all required supporting documents will be considered.
Tuition assistance is awarded to eligible students based on:
- Program eligibility
- Financial Need
- Timing of completed application submissions
- Confirmation of school registration
Award notifications will be emailed through FACTS to returning families beginning in early May 2024. New families will receive email notifications through FACTS beginning in late May 2023.
You will be given one week to accept the award online by the designated deadline. Credit to your tuition account will be made once your registration and enrollment has been completed and verified.
Please note that although every effort is made to award tuition assistance to all those eligible for our program, there is limited funding available each year. If you are denied an award, please reach out to your school’s administration immediately about additional options that may be available to you.
It is best to scan and upload your documents however families can now upload files in JPEG or PDF format from a mobile device. Faxed and mailed documents are no longer accepted. Please contact your school for assistance.