The financial commitment and sacrifice families undertake when deciding to send their children to a Catholic school is understood and appreciated. Although paying for education is first and foremost the responsibility of a family, each school, parish, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore devote significant funds each year to financial aid programs that help families with financial commitment. In turn, our school communities benefit by attracting students who otherwise could not attend our schools.
Several sources of tuition assistance are available to families who apply and meet certain eligibility requirements.
Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance
The Archdiocese of Baltimore devotes significant funds each year to financial aid programs that help families make Catholic school education possible for their children. Tuition Assistance is a need-based analysis of the cost of education vs. a family’s ability to pay. These awards do not need to be repaid. Any student interested in attending a Catholic school may apply for financial aid from the Archdioceses of Baltimore. Click to learn more about the grants and aid available from the Archdiocese.
FACTS, an independent third party, helps the Archdiocese objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) educational expenses.
Completed applications for tuition assistance through the Archdiocese of Baltimore must be received no later than February 28th. Tuition assistance awards are contingent upon a completed FACTS application, with all documentation submitted by August 15th. Interested families can use this link for St. Margaret School’s page. Please apply early to ensure maximum consideration for tuition grants.
St. Margaret Parish Tuition Assistance
St. Margaret Parish provides tuition assistance to eligible families for children attending our parish school from preschool through Grade 8. Families registered AND active in St. Margaret Parish are eligible to apply for tuition grants. The parish defines “active families” as those who are part of this worshiping community by regularly attending Mass at St. Margaret Parish. We do not provide tuition assistance to families registered and/or active in another parish or for students attending other schools.
Applications Open: November 10, 2023
Last date to Apply: January 5, 2024
2022 tax information will be used
There is an online application to complete, documents to review, as well as financial information to upload. Please follow these steps:
1. Apply online at https://www.solutionsbysss.com/. At the top, choose “Logins,” then choose “For families.” Please follow the instructions on the SSS website. Throughout the application, there are explanatory drop-down boxes if you have questions. You may also contact SSS for assistance at (800)-344-8328. Please make sure that you fill out and sign the “Applicant’s Acknowledgement and Checklist.” Your application will not be considered complete without it.
SSS processes applications within a few days and makes a recommendation called “Expected Family Contribution.” The Parish Tuition Assistance Committee uses that as a baseline for making its determination and Mass attendance. Please provide all explanations requested on the SSS application and use the final comments area to describe any extraordinary circumstances your family has experienced in the last three years.
Note that you will need to provide additional information if you own a business or farm.
2. Your application will be considered complete when SSS provides the Expected Family Contribution AND when we receive all required documentation. The Tuition Assistance Committee will review your application and notify you of its decision.
Important Parish Documents for Tuition Assistance
Regional/Local Parish Tuition Assistance
Several neighboring parishes also offer tuition grants to school families who are parishioners of those churches. Check with your local parish regarding their policies and filing deadlines.
Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides scholarships for students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price lunch program to attend eligible nonpublic schools. It was established in March 2016 by the Maryland General Assembly.
The 2022-2023 BOOST scholarship application portal has closed, and information for the 2023-2024 academic year is not yet
Knott Scholarship Funds
The Knott Scholarship Funds have been providing merit-based, full-tuition scholarships for academically talented Catholic elementary and secondary school students for 41 years. Awarded in the 4th grade for grades 5 through 8 or 8th grade for grades 9 through 12, scholarships are awarded to Catholic students in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who wish to attend a Catholic school. Applications are available beginning in January and are due in March for awards for the following year. For more information, please visit www.knottscholar.org
Knott College Scholarships are also available for the three Catholic universities in Maryland. Please visit our website for more information: www.knottscholar.org
Maryland State Council Knights of Columbus
The Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus is the sponsor of several High School scholarships for its members and for Catholic Students in general.
Interested 8th-grade parents and students may obtain specific information on their website.
The Theresa F. Truschel Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the Theresa F. Truschel Charitable Foundation is to provide scholarships to students attending Catholic grade and middle and high schools within the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Scholarship applications are only available from April 1st through April 30th of every year.
Please visit their website for more information.