KazmaATTN:  8th Graders Entering High School

-- For Catholic High School Financial Aid --

Application Deadline March 1, 2022

The following Scholarship Instruction Sheet and Application is AVAILABLE for School Year 2022-23.

The Kazma Family Scholarship is administered by the Catholic Education Foundation.  It is offered only to 8th Grade students who will be enrolled at one of the seven Diocese of Joliet Catholic high schools. Only students from the Class of 2026 are eligible for this scholarship.  Students must show a demonstrated financial need, be active in their Catholic parish and plan on attending one of the following high schools:

•Benet Academy, Lisle 
•Bishop McNamara High School, Kankakee 
•IC Catholic Prep, Elmhurst 
•Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet 
•Montini Catholic High School, Lombard 
•Providence Catholic High School, New Lenox 
•St. Francis High School, Wheaton

The application and instruction guidelines can be found here:

PDF icon Kazma Application for Class of 2026.pdf

PDF icon Kazma Scholarship Instruction Sheet Class of 2026.pdf

The application deadline is March 1, 2022.  Questions about the application process or financial aid can be directed to Program Coordinator, Shirley Roberson, at 815-221-6127 or SRoberson@DioceseofJoliet.org

Completing FACTS On-Line --Helpful Hints:  The Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet uses a third party company, FACTS, in order to objectively evaluate the need for financial aid. 

The web site for the FACTS Grant and Aid Company is https://online.factsmgt.com/aid. The application must be completed ON-LINE and is available in English or Spanish.  There is a required $35 application fee per family payable DIRECTLY TO the FACTS Grant & Aid Company. 

Questions on completing the FACTS Grant and Aid application may be answered by calling the FACTS helpline directly at 1-866-441-4637. 

It is important to note that families will not be considered for financial aid until their application is verified by the FACTS Company.  In order to verify the income information a family submits, FACTS will require copies of financial documents including Federal Income Tax forms and W-2s (PREVIOUS YEAR Tax Returns ARE ACCEPTABLE if your 2020 forms are not yet completed).  All supporting documents should be submitted no later than March 1.  Families should work directly with the FACTS company in order to verify all information in a timely fashion in order to be considered for financial aid. Submitting an application does not mean that the application has been verified. 




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