Financial Assistance

Marquette Catholic High School offers families who qualify tuition assistance via The Francis Fund, named in honor of 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 The Francis Fund awards may also apply for many of the scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded through a separate process. 

The 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 

2023 - 2024

Only completed and verified applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Committee. All information will be considered confidential. Applications received after October 31, 2022, will be placed on a waiting list. Click below to download the instructions:

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

Complete the grant and financial online application by October 31, 2022. The application can be found here. You will need to upload your 2021 Tax Return which must show the student enrolling as a dependent. A $35 application filing fee is charged by our third party processor, FACTS. If you need assistance with this process, please call the Business Office at 463-0580, ext. 222 to set up an appointment.  

 

B. RETURNING STUDENTS- TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF THE FRANCIS FUNDS FOR 2023-2024

Desire for a Catholic education as expressed in the meeting of the four following conditions during the 2023-2024 school year.
  • The student’s GPA is currently at least 2.00.
  • The student’s absences from school, conduct, and attitude are in accordance with MCHS school standards.
  • Family must be current on all financial obligations for the student.
  • The student completes the required 20 hours of service for the 2023-2024 school year.

 

C. PROCEDURE TO APPEAL THE 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.