Financial Assistance & Scholarship Opportunities


Tuition Assistance Program

APPLY BY APRIL 6, 2018

Apply Online With FACTS 

The Tuition Assistance Program, coordinated through the QCES Foundation, includes scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. To ensure impartiality and sensitivity to privacy, the schools employ the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to compile applications for assistance and to recommend amounts to be awarded.

The same application can be used for the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools and QND.  There is a one-time non-refundable online application fee of $27 per family. FACTS accepts all major Credit Cards (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover). Families can also submit a paper application, available in the school offices, with a non-refundable application fee of $30.

For priority consideration of this application for tuition assistance, it should be postmarked no later than April 6, 2018. Applications will be accepted after April 6, 2018, but there is no guarantee that tuition assistance funds will still be available for those who apply after April 6, 2018. This application form should be mailed to FACTS. Please DO NOT return it to your school’s office or to the QCES Foundation office.

The Tuition-Assistance Review Committee has decided that a family’s 2017 Tax Return will be the REQUIRED TAX RETURN for the 2018 2019 FACTS Application.

A family can submit a 2016 tax return for additional information purposes, but decisions on a family’s 2018-2019 tuition assistance award will only be made, based on the family’s 2017 Tax Return, unless they are not required to file a 2017 tax return (which means they most likely have full need).

Click here to access the FACTS online application


Tuition Payment Plan

Enrolling in a FACTS Tuition Payment Plan (TMP) allows you to select a payment option that best suits your financial needs.

Monthly Payments

Spread your tuition balance over monthly installments. Payment Methods Offered: Credit Card, Automatic Bank Draft

Please note, payments made through a debit or credit card are assessed an additional charge for processing.

For more details about the options above and to enroll in the FACTS Tuition Payment Plan, create an online account:

Click here to access the FACTS Tuition Payment Plan (TMP)


Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

EMPOWER ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION OPENS TUESDAY, FEB 27. AT 7:00 PM.

This new Tax Credit Scholarship for Illinois residents will cover up to 100% of private school tuition up to a maximum of the average Illinois cost to educate. Families of K-12 students can apply for scholarships beginning on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. The Tax Credit Scholarships are for the 2018-19 academic year and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships will be awarded to priority students February – April. After April 1, additional awards will be sent.

Tax Credit Scholarships are need based and do not take academic performance into consideration.

For detailed information on applying and donating to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, please visit EmpowerIllinois.org.


Gene Grawe Fund

Families can participate in the Gene Grawe Fund to help offset tuition. Participating families may purchase gift cards offered through many retailers. These businesses donate a percentage of the profits into the scholarship fund, which is then distributed to the tuition accounts of the families participating. Relatives and friends of families can also purchase cards to generate funding. Gift cards are easily available and can be used for items that are part of the normal family budget such as groceries and gas.

Gift cards can be purchased in the Gene Grawe Fund office located in the lobby at St. Peter Church, 2600 Maine Street.


The Marilyn and Steven Prater Family Scholarship

The Marilyn and Steven Prater Family Fund is dedicated to cultivating the appreciation of and participation in reading and the arts (i.e. music, art, theater) in students of St. Francis Solanus School. Marilyn observed the impact of reading, music, art and theater in both her students and children. Through a scholarship program, a student who shares these passions will receive tuition assistance to facilitate continued education.

The Marilyn and Steven Prater Scholarship is awarded to one sixth (6th) grade student at St. Francis School who shares Marilyn’s passion for reading and the arts (i.e. music, art, theater). The recipient of this scholarship will receive tuition assistance for seventh (7th) and eighth (8th) grades at St. Francis School. Only students with the intention of completing 7th and 8th grades at St. Francis School should apply. The scholarship support is
provided from the Marilyn and Steven Prater Family Fund with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

Marilyn & Steven Prater Family Scholarship Application (PDF)


Father Augustine Tolton Scholarship

The Fr. Augustine Tolton Scholarship is a QCES full tuition scholarship (K-8) for one or more children awarded to one family registered at each of the four Quincy Catholic parishes. (Blessed Sacrament, St. Anthony, St. Francis, and St. Peter) who have demonstrated financial need as determined by information on provided by the family on the FACTS Application Form. Since the scholarships are need based, the names of the four families who are awarded a Fr. Augustine Tolton Scholarship will not be disclosed.

Fr. Augustus Tolton Scholarship Application Packet (PDF – March 2018)


Newcomer’s Scholarship

The QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship is a partially need-based full-tuition scholarship that will be awarded annually to one student in Grades K – 8, either Catholic or non-Catholic, whose family does not currently have any children enrolled in one of Quincy’s four Catholic elementary schools.  It is non-renewable beyond the first year the student receives the scholarship.  However, a QCES Foundation Newcomer’s Scholarship recipient will be eligible to apply for tuition assistance in subsequent years, and any tuition assistance a student may be awarded will be based on the financial need of a student’s family, as determined by the FACTS and the amount of tuition assistance available from the QCES Foundation for that particular school year.

Newcomer’s Scholarship Application Packet  (PDF – March 2018)