Financial Assistance

TUITION ASSISTANCE At St. Mark Catholic School we do not want financial concerns to deter any family from enrolling. Several options are available for those seeking tuition assistance. Scholarships through the Diocese, parish, and outside organizations are available, with applications beginning in January each year. Tuition assistance will be based on Peoria Diocesan guidelines using the FACTS aid assessment process. All families wishing to be considered for financial assistance MUST complete this application process online prior to April 15, for the upcoming school year. The FACTS application is required for those wishing to be considered for the John Lancaster Spalding, Kremer Foundation, or St. Mark Parish assistance. All scholarship grants are issued for one school year. Families must reapply annually for consideration. Families are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure ample time to gather and submit any required documents. Assistance will be based on need and completing all the required steps. Visit FACTS GRANT & AID to access the FACTS online application. Here is a list of all grant/scholarships that are available: The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship- an endowment fund established in honor of Archbishop Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria. Tuition assistance scholarship grants are available to students enrolled/intending to enroll in grades kindergarten through 12 in any Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are members of a Catholic parish in the diocese. Empower Illinois Scholarship- The State of Illinois' Invest In Kids Act funds scholarships for children who choose to attend private schools. Scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100% of tuition and eligible fees. Interested families may submit an application through Empower Illinois, starting in mid-January. Visit www.empowerillinois.org for more information, and to apply. The Kremer Foundation- This grant that is offered to St. Mark may have up to $1000 scholarships for St. Mark students entering K-8th grade. Email Noreen Dillon at ndillon@saint-mark.net for more details on these opportunities. St. Mark Parish Scholarship: All families who complete a FACTS application will also be considered for additional assistance from St. Mark if found to have qualifying financial need. Letter for additional assistance must be sent to the Tuition Assistance Committee. You must have also completed the FACTS application online. *Note: If you are awarded the Empower Illinois Scholarship or the Spalding Scholarship, your aid from St. Mark will be adjusted. If you receive the Empower Illinois Scholarship your Spalding Scholarship will be rescinded.

John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship

Complete the John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship ApplicationThe due date for this year's completed financial scholarship application is April 15. The Diocese will not accept late applications, so please file early.

Financial scholarship applications and information are handled as confidential school material. Tuition scholarships are given upon recommendations of FACTS, a financial reviewer company, as long as money is available.

If you have any questions regarding financial scholarships, please contact the school office.