We believe it is important to make the KCHS Experience available to as many students as possible regardless of income. That is why we strive to ensure that qualifying families have access to financial aid from a wide variety of sources, please see Tuition Assistance for more information.
In addition to providing access to financial aid, we work continually to keep tuition at an affordable level. A quality education is an investment in your child’s future. We strive to keep the cost of this investment as low as possible for the families that we serve with the cost of tuition being set far lower than the actual cost to educate a student. The difference is made up through continual development efforts and parish subsidies.
If you have any questions about tuition, tuition payments or financial aid, please contact Director of Finance, Bill Blum.
Tuition Payment Options
1. Full Payment. Under this plan the entire amount of tuition is paid on or before July 1st. This payment is made directly to the school office. Tuition can be pre‑paid in one payment. Charge Cards are accepted. There is no additional fee with this plan, which represents an approximate 1% savings. One payment due in full July 1.
2. Multiple Payments. Under this plan the entire amount of tuition is paid either over two payments ($10 fee required, yearly) or a three-twelve payments ($42 fee required, yearly) beginning in July through the FACTS Tuition Management Plan.
This plan is an automatic payment plan made through your checking or savings account or through a credit card. Those choosing this plan will authorize their financial institution to make automatic monthly payments to FACTS. Click here for more information about FACTS tuition payments.
FACTS is a tuition collection company that all schools in the Diocese of Erie are mandated to utilize for the collection of tuition. The payment plans offered through FACTS are:
- Two Payments ($10 fee required, yearly) – Half due July and half due December.
- Three-Twelve Payments ($42 fee required, yearly) – Ten equal payments beginning July.
*If you are currently on FACTS, there is nothing you need to do for the coming school year unless you desire to change your payment method.
Because we recognize that investing in a Catholic education can place a strain on household budgets and because our mission encompasses making the Kennedy Experience available to as many students as possible regardless of income, qualifying families may access financial aid from a variety of sources.
The Diocese of Erie and the Shenango Valley Catholic School System each year allocate significant dollars in direct aid to our families. Each year financial aid applications for the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program and the Commonwealth program administered through the STAR FOUNDATION (common application) is due in Erie by March 30th to be eligible. The applications for the SVCSS Tuition Assistance Program and the Commonwealth Program administered through the Shenango Valley Foundation (common application) are available beginning each January. The programs are open to anyone as long as you have a child enrolled in the Shenango Valley Catholic School System. Those residing outside the Diocese of Erie are also eligible.
We urge you to complete the applications. Applications are available in each of school offices or for download here:
In addition, more dollars for additional aid money is available for next year through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program established through the Commonwealth. Following are the income guidelines for the Commonwealth Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program:
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*If you fall within these guidelines you should apply for the aid.
Remember finances are never the deciding factor in whether a student is accepted. Sufficient aid is available to ensure that everyone who desires to take advantage of a Catholic education can obtain the means to do so.
Tuition assistance is available from the Diocese and the school system for families experiencing economic difficulties. Normally, requests for such assistance should be made BY MARCH of the current year. However, since such circumstances often are unpredictable, families should not hesitate to inform the school of their need whenever it may arise during the year. For the sake of your family’s security and peace of mind and for the general financial stability of our schools, we encourage parents or guardians to contact the finance office as soon as possible when they are experiencing economic difficulties.
Although cash contributions are the norm, other equitable arrangements are possible to enable school families to fulfill their commitment of financial support for our schools. We will work out these arrangements with families on an individual basis and in a way that respects the concern and commitment of all our school families for the education and religious formation of their children.
Education is expensive. There are many parents who desire the very best education possible for their children; who desire a Catholic education, but believe they have insufficient income to afford a Catholic education. To assist all parents who desire to take advantage of a Catholic education there are a number of financial aid programs designed to make attendance at Kennedy Catholic High School, Kennedy Catholic Middle School and Saint John Paul II Elementary School a reality.
Reasonable tuition is within reach given the means available through the financial aid programs sponsored by the Diocese of Erie and the Shenango Valley School System.
To receive consideration for financial aid the following steps are necessary:
1. Student must be registered.
2. Application must be made for Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program/Star Foundation. (Download here)
3. Application must be made for SVCSS’s Tuition Assistance Program/Shenango Valley Foundation. (Download here)
*Steps 1, 2, and 3 must be completed before additional financial aid will be considered.
Notification of Financial Aid Determination is communicated in writing around May 15th
Along with traditional sources of financial aid, we offer an innovative and exciting program that provides a stipend equal to the cost of tuition to any family that agrees to host a foreign exchanges student enrolled at Kennedy. Now 20 years old, the Exchange Hosting Program represents a wonderful opportunity for host families to share culture and experiences with a teenager from a foreign country and obtain the funding needed to send their child to the school. By any measure Exchange Hosting is a winner for all involved.
In addition to financial aid and tuition assistance, other scholarship programs offered through partners in education that are available to students in all grades. These scholarships are offered through external agencies and information is provided below. Please follow the provided links for more information on these scholarship programs.
Junior Achievement Tuition Scholarships
Junior Achievement of Western PA is proud to support JA students as they continue their education. Through EITC funding, as well as individual and corporate donations, Junior Achievement is able to offer a variety of High School and College Scholarships to students that have participated in different types of JA programming. Note that students must participate/have participated in JA program(s) in order to be eligible for these scholarships. Please click here to visit the Junior Achievement Website for more information.
Tuition Credit Programs
In addition to our financial aid programs and tuition scholarships, you can additionally earn credit towards your tuition cost through the programs below.
Tuition Referral Program
Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is very thankful for all our students, families and partners. We also understand that our best advertisers are our families, and families who have great experiences to share with others who may be interested in providing the same quality faith-centered education for their child (ren). To show our appreciation, we would like to introduce our Tuition Referral Program beginning for the 2017-2018 school year.
It’s simple, for every new school family that you refer; you will receive a reduction in your current year tuition. The credits are not limited, however the referral credits will be distributed once the new school family has completed the registration process and has paid two months of tuition.
For each student referred in grade level K-12, a $200 tuition credit will be awarded to the referring family. So start referring today to begin earning your credits towards tuition. Please download the form below and give the inquiry form to the family you would like to refer, or encourage the family you are referring to mention you as a referral when they contact our admissions department. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Finance Office.
SCRIP Tuition Credit
Scrip is gift certificates from national and local retailers including gas stations, grocery stores, clothing stores, and restaurants. With each gift certificate you purchase, a percentage of the money goes directly to your child’s tuition. The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money towards your tuition without spending a single additional penny.
To purchase Scrip online:
- First, be sure to complete the Scrip Enrollment Form (linked above) and return to the school.
- Go to the website: www.shopwithscrip.com
- Click on the link “Join Your Existing Program” where you will be asked to enter an enrollment code.
The code for KCFS/SVCSS is: 6E2955734683
- Follow the online instructions to create an account and complete orders