Tuition Assistance

In order to be considered for either the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program or our St. Mary Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance Form, you must complete and submit a Smart Aid application for your family. There are only two deadlines in which to submit your Smart Aid application and one deadline in which to submit your Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance Form for consideration:

  • March 1 – Diocesan & Adopt-A-Student deadline
  • May 1 – Diocesan Only deadline

Smart Aid (replaces PSAS) – The Diocese of Cleveland provides tuition assistance through its Diocesan Tuition Assistance (DTA). These funds are dispersed yearly to needy families through a distribution process that takes into account family and school need, total number of children applying for aid, and total amount of funds available that year. A Smart Aid Application must be completed online at www.smartaidforparents.com and submitted by March 1st along with the required supporting documentation and non-refundable application fee.

There is a helpful eLearning module overview available for parents to assist in completing the online application at: http://smartaidforparents.s3.amazonaws.com/story.html. Parents may also review the 2017-2018 Parent Directions document for additional information.

Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance – The church of St. Mary of the Assumption provides tuition assistance based on need as determined by Smart Aid and amount of funds available. St. Mary of the Assumption families who want a Catholic education for their children but are unable to make full tuition payments may apply for Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance. You must complete, sign and submit by March 1st an Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance Application, in addition to the Smart Aid Application as instructed above.

Additional requirements in order to be considered for Adopt-A-Student Tuition Assistance are your family must have completed the parent involvement hours and faithfully and regularly participate in Sunday Liturgy.

Horvath Endowment Tuition Fund – The Horvath Endowment was established by the family of Martha A. Horvath, in order to follow her wishes to provide financial assistance to families who believe in Catholic education but are unable to afford it. We are reaching out to families that may have considered our school as an education option for their child(ren) or who may have withdrawn from our school due to financial circumstances. In order for your family to be considered, you will need to complete and submit to Father Tom the short two-page 2017-2018 Horvath Tuition Assistance Application. In an effort to establish a commitment by both parties, we will ask that you contribute a minimal monthly tuition amount.

Scholarship Opportunity – Due March 3, 2017 – Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union is awarding $35,000 in Catholic elementary and high school scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year! Scholarships will be based primarily on financial need and awarded in $1,000 increments. In order to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be a member of Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union, currently attend a Catholic elementary school or high school in Ohio, submit a short essay and letter of recommendation, and be willing to provide proof of income if chosen as a finalist. Families may only apply once during the application period. Online applications can be accessed at www.ohiocatholicfcu.com beginning Catholic Schools Week on Monday, January 30, 2017, until Friday, March 3, 2017. Not currently a member? Not a problem. You can also apply for membership for Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union online at www.ohiocatholicfcu.com or by calling 1-888-MyOhioCatholic (696-4462).

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Lorek in the parish office at (440) 255-3404.

Additional Information…
The Catholic Education Endowment Trust (CEET) provides opportunities for scholarship assistance within the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. CEET promotes Catholic Education and includes tuition-aid scholarships to families with financial need who desire a Catholic education for their children.

For more information go to:

www.ocfecleveland.org/financial-aid-and-scholarships

www.catholiccommunity.org/ed