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The Francis Fund 

Marquette Catholic High School offers families who qualify tuition assistance via the Francis Fund, named after Pope Francis. This fund is established to help parents who have chosen a Catholic education for their children, and have an obligation to finance that education to the best of their ability. Students who receive Francis funds may also apply for many of the scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded through a separate process. 

The St. Francis Fund is administered on a direct grant basis and the grants awarded are automatically renewable; applications do not need to be completed each year. Grants awarded apply only to tuition (not fees or books). Grant award amounts vary according to family need, but generally do not exceed one-half of tuition costs. Grants can be awarded to several members of the same family; one application form includes all of the family’s MCHS students. In accordance with Illinois High School Association regulations, no grants are awarded on the basis of athletic ability. 

Eligibility and Procedures for Applying 

2017-2018

Only completed and verified applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. All information will be considered confidential. Applications received after January 31, 2017 will be placed on a waiting list. Click here to download the instructions below. 

 

A. NEW STUDENT PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR FRANCIS FUND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 

  1. Complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Online Application by January 31, 2017. The application can be found online at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/42K22. You will need your 2015 or 2016 completed Federal Income Tax Return. FACTS will charge you a $30 application filing fee. If you need assistance with this process, please call the Business Manager at 463-2375, ext. 2. to set up an appointment.  
  2. Complete the MCHS Francis Fund Financial Assistance Application Form and return to the MCHS Business Office by January 31, 2017. Download here
  3. If these deadlines are met, all Freshman students will be notified as to their eligibility and amount prior to Registration Day, March 11, 2017.

 

B. RETURNING STUDENTS- TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF FRANCIS FUNDS FOR 2017-2018

 

  1. Desire for a Catholic education as expressed in the meeting of the four following conditions during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • The student’s grades are commensurate to his/her ability.
  • The student’s absences from school, conduct, and attitude are in accordance with MCHS school standards.
  • The student’s remaining 2016-2017 tuition payments are completed using the Annual, Semi-Annual, or FACTS Payment plan.
  • The student completes the required 20 hours of service for the 2016-2017 school year.
  1. Online RenWeb Enrollment and $100 enrollment fee submitted by Friday, March 31st, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

C. PROCEDURE TO APPEAL FRANCIS FUND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AWARDS

 

We recognize that special circumstances occur and that there may be a need for additional funds.  Please call the Business Manager or Principal directly to discuss these individual needs.

 

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