Financial Aid is Available
We recognize that choosing a Catholic Education means making financial sacrifices for many families. Through the generosity of donors we work with parishes, schools, and the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE) to make affording a Catholic Education feasible for any family who desires one.
For the 2017-18 school year CSA schools, FACE, and parishes gave out over $5 Million in financial aid. Please don’t let tuition be the reason your student does not receive a Catholic Education!
If you would like to help support other students please visit our Ways to Give page.
There are three main sources of Financial Aid:
Students in Kindergarten through grade 8 are eligible for financial aid through FACE. Once your student is registered, contact your school for their link to the online FACTS application to apply for financial aid through FACE.
Hope and Opportunity Initiative
Announced in the Spring of 2017, the Hope and Opportunity Initiative is a scholarship of up to $2000 available to new low-income K-8 students enrolling in a Catholic School in Fall River or New Bedford. If you are interested in learning more please contact the school you are interested in and set up a tour. The principal will walk you through the financial aid application upon registration.
The Hope and Opportunity Initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Carney Family Foundation which provided funding for up to 100 scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. Our hope is to expand the availability of the scholarship to new students in our schools in other areas of the CSA in the coming years.
2. School Based
Students in high school (9-12) are eligible for financial aid directly from their school. Contact your school to find out about their financial aid process.
Some of our Elementary and middle schools are able to offer school based financial aid as well. Please speak with your school’s principal or business manager to learn about school based financial aid.
3. Parish Sponsored
Pastors throughout the Diocese of Fall River offer financial aid to active parishioners in their parishes. Please contact your Pastor to find out what Financial Aid they are able to offer.
Tuition Assistance Vouchers for Low-Income Familes
The state of Massachusetts offers tuition assistance vouchers for early childhood education (Infant / Toddler through Kindergarten) and before & after school care for students up to the age of 13 for low-income families. Some of our elementary schools are approved providers. Please contact P.A.C.E Child Care Works for more information about becoming eligible for vouchers.
For the 2017 - 18 School Year FACE, schools, and parishes gave:
For answers to your questions about financial aid please see the frequently asked questions below.
Who is eligible to receive assistance and do I need to be Catholic?
Students are eligible if they
- Attend a Catholic school within the Diocese of Fall River (home school education and online schools are not eligible).
- Are enrolled in grades K-8 (Pre-K students and High School students are not eligible for FACE Scholarship awards. Diocesan High Schools provide their own financial aid. ).
- Demonstrated financial need according to the guidelines calculated in the FACTS application .
- Complete a new financial aid application through FACTS online each year.
How do I apply for financial aid?
The FACTS application is available in the office of the Principal for each school.
How are applications evaluated?
The criteria for FACE Awards is primarily based on verified information of family resources and tuition costs.
When will I find out if my student has received Financial aid?
Awards for currently enrolled students will be announced early in the Spring Semester. New students will be informed on a rolling basis based upon completion of all required documentation.
When do I receive the money?
The awards are extended to the school on behalf of the students at the beginning of the school year.
I don’t know if a FACE financial aid will cover the assistance I need. Are there other forms of support?
Check with individual schools for parish or school-based tuition assistance resources.
Do I have to apply for an award every year?
Yes, your financial situation is re-evaluated every year.
Is the scholarship award transferable?
If you transfer to another school within the Diocese of Fall River, your award will be reevaluated based upon different tuition levels but in general, the award would be transferable.
Who can I contact with Questions?
The Principal or Business Manager of your school is the best place to begin if you have questions.
You can also contact the FACE office at
Director of Development
508-675-1311 • Ext. 213
P.O. Box 1470
Fall River, MA 02722