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Tuition Assistance

It is understood and appreciated the financial commitment and sacrifice families undertake in deciding to send their children to a Catholic school. And although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, each school and the Archdiocese devote significant funds each year to a financial aid program that helps assist families.

In turn, our school communities benefit by attracting gifted students that otherwise would not have been able to attend.

What is Tuition Assistance?
Tuition Assistance is a need-based analysis of the cost of education vs. the family's ability to pay. Tuition assistance award do not need to be repaid and generally come from two funding sources: the Partners in Excellence Program and the Archdiocese of Baltimore School Fund. Many parishes and schools offer their own tuition assistance for families; contact the office of your parish or school of choice to receive application procedures. Also, any student interested in attending an Archdiocesan school may apply for Financial Aid for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. To help the Archdiocese objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, a trusted third party (FACTS) is used. The money awarded by the Archdiocese will be distributed under the following priorities:

  1. Students in K-12
  2. Current recipients of Financial aid
  3. Financial need level of family

More information about FACTS can be found at

Completed applications must be received no later than February 28th. All tuition assistance awards are contingent upon a completed FACTS application with all required documentation submitted prior to the first day of school.

Partners in Excellence
In response to the many challenges facing Baltimore's inner-city Catholic schools, Partners in Excellence (PIE) Scholarship Program was formed to seek out corporations, foundations and individuals who share the belief in the value of providing a quality education for at-risk youth.  The program seeks to improve the affordability and accessibility of Catholic schools in Baltimore city by providing tuition assistance grants to low-income families who wish to send their children to a Catholic school.  The Archdiocese has operated Catholic schools in the city of Baltimore for over 135 years, graduating over 400,00 students to date.  The PIE Program focuses its support on four Catholic elementary schools and two Catholic high schools. They are:

  • Archbishop Borders School (Highlandtown)
  • Cardinal Shehan Catholic School (Loch Raven)
  • Holy Angels Catholic School (Southwest Baltimore)
  • SS. James & John Catholic School (East Baltimore)
  • Archbishop Curley High School (East Baltimore)
  • The Seton Keough High School (Southwest Baltimore)

Several other Archdiocesan and Independent Catholic schools in Baltimore City also enroll PIE scholarship recipients. Over the course of 18 years, the PIE program has awarded over 23,500 scholarships worth an estimated $25,000,000.  PIE scholars have a 95% attendance rate and an 8th grade graduation rate that averages over 96%.  PIE scholars who graduate from high school have a 83% likelihood of enrolling in a 2 or 4-year college or university. If you are a parent of a student and want information about this program, please contact a school directly. 

Archdiocesan School Fund
In addition to providing scholarships to students in Baltimore City through the PIE Program, the Archdiocese recognizes the financial need of students who attend schools in the counties surrounding the city and in western Maryland. The Archdiocesan School Fund combines multiple sources of scholarship money including but not limited to the Archbishop's Annual Appeal, Special Assessment of Parishes and proceeds from the Sale and Lease of School Buildings. These funds are then granted to students throughout the Archdiocese who apply through FACTS Grant and Aid.

Finally, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is currently conducting the Embracing Our Mission Campaign with the goal of raising $50 million for Catholic Education. It is the intention of the Archdiocese that an Endowment for tuition assistance will be funded through this campaign. Find out more at

What are Scholarships?
Scholarships are merit-based awards that fall under a variety of factors such as academic achievement, leadership, family legacy, or fine arts. Scholarships do not need to be repaid; however, some scholarships have certain grade point requirements or participation in the school's activities for maintenance throughout an entire high school career.

Scholarship Opportunities for students applying to a Catholic school (either Independent or Archdiocesan Schools):

The Knott Scholarship Funds
The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend a Catholic parish elementary school, Catholic high school or Catholic high school or Catholic college in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, or Howard counties.  These scholarships are awarded to Catholic students who excel in academics. To apply, the student MUST meet ALL of the criteria listed on the website.
The Knott Scholarship Funds
5850 Waterloo Road, Suite 140
Columbia, MD 21045
443-325-7884 or visit

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship
Awarded through the Institute for Educational Advancement, the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is awarded to exceptionally gifted middle school students who have demonstrated academic and personal excellence. The application process takes place when the student is in 7th grade.
Institute For Educational Advancement
625 Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 285
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Knights of Columbus Scholarships
The Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus is the sponsor of several High School scholarships for its members and for Catholic students in general. Application period is from November 1st to March 1st. All applications must be received by the scholarship committee no later than March 1st. For more information or applications visit their web site or write to:
Maryland State Council
Knights of Columbus
10815 Stang Road
Owings Mills, MD 21117

The Frederick M. Gossman Memorial High School Scholarship
Designed to assist sons and daughters of members of the Knights of Columbus in paying tuition at accredited Catholic high schools.  Three grants of $1,500 per year for up to four years will be awarded.  Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need.

The William J. O'Brien, Jr. Memorial Catholic High School Scholarship
Three grants of $1,500 per yer for up to four years will be awarded.  Open to Catholic students officially accepted at (or students at) accredited Catholic high schools in the jurisdiction of the Maryland State Knights of Columbus. Eligibility is open to Catholic students who are residents of the state of Maryland, and to children and grandchildren of a member of a Knights of Columbus council within the jurisdiction of Maryland. Applications are judge on academic excellence, personal qualifications, and financial need.

Colleen and Erin Marlatt Scholarship
This scholarship, awarded through The Colleen and Erin Marlatt Scholarship Fund, is intended to recognize the significant sacrifices made by teachers and administrators who have accepted God's call to the ministry of Catholic education.  To be eligible to apply, a student must be a dependent of a full-time teacher or administrator with 3 or more years in a Catholic elementary or high school within the Archdiocese of Baltimore,  The student must be entering as a freshman at a Catholic high school.
Colleen and Erin Marlatt Scholarship Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 321
Clarksville, MD 21029-0321
Fax: 410-796-6329

Gary Lee Ryon Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Sponsored by the Gary Lee Ryon Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. Scholarships are awarded to 8th grade students accepted into a Washington or Baltimore Catholic high school.  For more information, please email Betty Ryon at Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1st of the applicant's 8th grade year.

Theresa F. Truschel Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Established to provide scholarships to students attending Catholic schools at all levels, as well as to provide grants to Catholic institutions and organizations which are helping those in need who require temporary financial assistance to support themselves and their families. Applications must be postmarked by April 30th.
P.O. Box 19142
Baltimore, MD 21284
Phone 410-494-4463
Fax: 410-494-4492
Also, each individual school may award scholarships based on certain criterion.  Contact the school office for more information.