Frequently Asked Questions
What is Tuition Assistance?
Tuition Assistance is based on need. The amount of tuition assistance awarded is based on the demonstrated financial need of a family. “Demonstrated financial need” is the difference between the cost of tuition at St. Croix Catholic School and the amount a family can be expected to pay toward that tuition.
How do I apply for Tuition Assistance?
Applications are made online at www.tads.com (Tuition Aid Data Services or TADS). The cost to apply is $34.00, paid to TADS.
Who may apply to Tuition Assistance?
Anyone who is interested in attending St. Croix Catholic School may apply for Tuition Assistance.
Who should be included in the application?
All members of the household including dependent children in college should be included on the application.
How do you determine how much a family can pay?
To consider individual students for Tuition Assistance fairly, we assess each family’s financial situation with the help of Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). Every family applying for aid completes an online application on the TADS website, www.tads.com. TADS calculates what the family can pay and sends the information to SCCS. SCCS uses the TADS calculation as a guide, but is free to make its own adjustments depending on the total amount of funds it has available to distribute. The funds available come from generous donors and fundraising such as the annual Light Their Way Tuition Assistance Gala.
When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to apply for Tuition Assistance is February 17, 2019 for current families.
Is Tuition Assistance automatically renewed each year?
Awards are for one year only. This is because a family’s financial circumstance and needs may change from year to year. Therefore a new application is required each year. However, SCCS makes every effort to continue financial support of families requiring aid.
How am I notified about Tuition Assistance?
Each family who completes a Tuition Assistance application with TADS will receive a letter from SCCS in mid-May notifying them if they have received an award or that they did not qualify.
Are there any scholarships available?
Yes, St. Croix Catholic School is one of 79 Catholic schools in the Twin Cities who's students are eligible to receive scholarships from the AIM Higher Foundation as well as the Catholic Services Appeal.
How does my family apply for scholarships?
To apply for the AIM Higher Foundation and Catholic Services Appeal scholarship simply check the box located at the end of the Financial Assistance application within TADS. Before you can apply for the scholarships, you will need to complete the financial aid application within TADS to see if you qualify for the scholarships.
What are the qualifications for the scholarships? The AIM Higher Scholarship is awarded to students from families seeking tuition assistance. The scholarship follows students through 8th grade and to other Catholic schools. The Catholic Services Appeal/AIM Higher Scholarship is awarded to five students from families with the most tuition assistance per eligible school.