Holly GhostThe Catholic Education Foundation will award need-based tuition assistance grants for the 2022-23 school year to elementary school students enrolled in CEF-supported Catholic diocesan schools. The standard CEF Grade School Scholarship is $1,000 per student. Students entering Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible.

The CEF grant application timeline for the 2022-23 school year is January 1 through April 1, 2022.  Award notifications will be emailed to applicants on or before April 15, 2022.


Scholarships are awarded annually and an application from must be completed each year.  Applications for the upcoming school year will be available in January.  Families needing financial assistance must complete an application form and submit the $35 application fee.  The applicant will be asked to upload financial information including the 2021 or 2020 federal tax return and 2021 W-2 form. The 2020 federal tax return will be accepted, if the 2021 return has not yet been filed.

The application form can be filled out at https://online.factsmgt.com/aid after January 1.  Questions on how to complete the form can be answered by calling the FACTS Helpline directly at 1-866-315-9262.

Questions about the tuition assistance program, contact Shirley Roberson at 815-221-6127 or SRoberson@DioceseofJoliet.org


The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here