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.

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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.

3,324

Applications Submitted

1,304

Students Awarded Scholarships

$2.5 Million

Scholarships Awarded

26

Schools Impacted

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 is committed to strengthening and transforming the mission of Catholic education in the Diocese of Bridgeport by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curriculum programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders in innovation and leadership and providing scholarship assistance to families in need.

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 2017-2018 academic year, BSF awarded $2,500,000 in aid to families at Diocesan elementary schools in Fairfield County.

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Who can apply for tuition assistance?

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.

What documents will I need?
  • 2017 W-2 Forms (W-2s are mailed out in January by your employer. If not received by January 31, contact your employer.)
  • 2016 Tax Return (If you do not receive W-2s, you must submit 2017 Tax Return.)
  • First and second page of the Federal 1040 tax forms from the applicant and co-applicant, if applicable. The second page of the 1040 must be signed.
  • Include any relevant 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.
How do I apply?

Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application and submit the required supporting documentation. We highly recommend scanning and uploading documents rather than mailing or faxing, which can significantly delay the process. Please note there is a non-refundable $30.00 application processing fee payable by credit card. Only one application per family is required annually. There is no paper application for the 2018-2019 year. You must complete the online FACTS Grant & Aid application and answer all questions applicable to the Bishop Scholarship Fund Application.

What are the application deadlines?

The deadline for returning students is March 15, 2018, and April 15, 2018 for new students. Only completed FACTS Grant & Aid applications submitted online by the deadline with all required supporting documents will be considered.

How is tuition assistance eligibility determined?

Tuition assistance is awarded to eligible students based on:

  • Program eligibility
  • Financial Need
  • Timing of completed application submissions
  • Confirmation of school registration
When will I be notified of a decision?

Award notifications will be emailed through FACTS to returning families beginning early May 2018. New families will receive email notifications through FACTS beginning late May 2018.

How do I accept the award?

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.

I am having trouble uploading my forms.

It is best to scan your documents. Faxing or mailing the forms to FACTS will significantly slow down the processing of your application and may cause you to miss the deadline for completion. Please contact your school for assistance.

FACTS is asking for a Schedule from my tax return.

FACTS is asking for a Schedule (often C, K, etc.) because one of the fields you completed on your tax return indicates that you filed that particular schedule. It must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.