Limited financial assistance may be available for families who have a demonstrated need. Aid may include Caritas, Rise, and/or McGraw Scholarships. Rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students are eligible to apply.
To be considered for financial assistance you must first submit a FACTS Grant and Aid Application, upload all required supporting documents, and pay the online application fee ($30) to FACTS. Caritas and McGraw Scholarships are renewable, but you must reapply through the FACTS Grand & Aid Application each year to be considered.
While the Illinois State Tax Credit Scholarships (Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund SGO) can be a possible scholarship option for some families, the application period has passed for the upcoming school year and, if you have applied but have not been notified that you have been offered an award, it is safe to assume you are too far down the list of applicants to be offered an award for the upcoming school year.
IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN NOTIFIED THAT YOU ARE BEING OFFERE EITHER EMPOWER ILLINOIS OR BIG SHOULDERS FUND SGO SCHOLARSHIPS YET, PLEASE PROCEED TO COMPLETING A FACTS GRANT AND AID APPLICATION IMMEDIATELY.
BEGIN HERE: FACTS Grand and Aid Application.
Applying for aid through the FACTS Grant and Aid application is simple:
Log onto your own Pope Francis FACTS account and you will see a section on the left which refers to Payment Plans and a section on the right which refers to Grant and Aid. Under the Grant and Aid section, click the button that says, “Begin Application.”
The step-by-step process is not difficult but it will require you to enter all of your family’s income and expense information. You will also need to upload tax documents from the 2018 tax year.
The original deadline for applying for aid - March 15 - was extended in order to save some families the time and expense of completing the FACTS Grant and Aid Application if they were getting an Empower Illinois or Big Shoulders scholarship. However, if you haven’t received an offer at this point from either of those, it is IMPERATIVE that you complete the Grant and Aid application immediately.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP DONORS
If you are interested and in a position to help fund scholarships for Pope Francis Global Academy students, there is an easy way to have an IMMEDIATE IMPACT and to also gain a tax benefit for yourself.