HCS Complete Guide to Scholarships
Step 1: Make sure your family is registered at a local Catholic parish - starting now
You must be a registered and active member at one of our Catholic parishes. At the very least, registered and active members of a church should be attending mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, practicing stewardship by volunteering their time in support of parish and school activities, and giving sacrificially of their financial resources on a regular basis to support the ministries of the parish. If you are uncertain, please call your parish office to verify that you are a registered member.
If you are NOT registered at a local parish,
you will be charged the Non-Catholic tuition rate.
Step 2: (State) Empower Illinois - Starting Wednesday January 15, 2020
This year, the reservation form will be available at 6:30pm, to give families time to enter their information before submission at 7pm. The reservation will have two pages. On page one, you will enter basic information, such as parent name, student name, and contact information. On page two, you will review this information and click submit. Only after clicking submit on page two will you receive your first come, first-served timestamp.
Empower Illinois Website
On January 17, you will be notified by email when part two of the application opens. You can complete this step whenever you are able to ensure accuracy, but we encourage you to submit your application before January 27 for the best chance at receiving a scholarship.
Step 3: (Diocese) Diocese of Peoria Spalding Scholarship - Catholic Families Only
The John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship is an endowment fund established as a result of the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria. Please call your home parish office and ask to be placed on the Spalding Scholarship list. You must be a member of a local parish, in good standing, in order to qualify for the Spalding Scholarship. If you receive a Spalding Scholarship, then are later awarded an Empower Illinois Scholarship, your Spalding monies will be returned to the Diocese for use by another family in need.
Step 4: (Parish) FACTS Grant & Aid Catholic Families Only - Starting January 1, 2020
Please log into FACTS Grant & Aid, which can be accessed via your FACTS Family Portal account. Complete the entire FACTS Grant & Aid application and pay the fee. You will also need to upload copies of your 2019 W2s, 2019 Federal Tax Return and any other required documents once you are able. You must also make a $30 online payment to complete the FACTS Grant & Aid application.
All families who want any type of assistance from their home parish or the Diocese of Peoria Spalding Scholarship MUST fill out a FACTS Grant & Aid form.
These steps are completed EVERY school year.
They do not carry from one year to the next.
After you have completed all 4 steps,
here is what will happen next:
These may not happen in this exact order!!
Important: Everyone is charged the base tuition rate according to their standing as Catholic or Non-Catholic and the number of children enrolled at Holy Cross School. Scholarships and discounts are entered and deducted from the base tuition rate and included on your Tuition Agreement. Your signature on the Tuition Agreement will complete the process.