Tuition Assistance Students

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarship Program encourages families with a verified financial need and with students K-12  to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. 

All determinations are based on the grant and aid application supplied by the FACTS company. Families are encouraged to complete this application in January and ensure that all required documentation is submitted on a timely basis. Required financial documentation includes the 2020 federal tax return and 2020 w-2 form from the applicants' employer.  The 2019 federal tax return IS ACCEPTABLE if the 2020 return is not yet completed.  Families will be notified of grant awards in the spring and award checks will be sent directly to the schools. Please contact the CEF Office for genreal information at (815-221-6127).  The following links will provide more specific information:


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