Tuition Assistance

It is a part of our vision and mission to provide a Catholic education within the boundaries of our four parishes, for all those who desire to be a part of St. Junipero Serra Catholic School. We realize at times it may be difficult for our current SJSC parents to continue to provide a Catholic Education for their child(ren) and tuition assistance may be the only way to make that possible.

Here are some important factors about the Tuition Assistance process and application guidelines:

How is SJSC's Tuition Assistance Funded?

The funds are made possible primarily through the assistance of the Anchor Ball Fund in Need appeal, Tuition Assistance Luncheon, Annual Fund and the generosity of our parishes and donors.

How does the eligibility process work?

1. Families must proceed with their current year Registration and payment of required fees, which will take place in late March in order to be considered for the assistance review.

2. FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with FACTS, our new online administrator for managing our Tuition Assistance application process. FACTS is an independent outside service that will be determining a family's eligibility for assistance. FACTS utilizes an analyzing system that is designed as a national standards of objective measure for determining a family's ability to pay for elementary and secondary education. This process takes income and assets of the family into account, as well as the size of the family, the age of the parents, the number of children attending tuition-charging schools, the state and/or metropolitan area where the family resides, the value of the parent's assets, and the number of working parents. FACTS prioritizes the applications, based on need, for the Screening Committee to allocate funds.

3. Screening Committee Review and Response Letters

The applications will be anonymous for the screening committee to allocate funds fairly. The screening committee is scheduled to meet in late May of each year and will respond via mail to all applicants in June.

4. Active Parishioner Status Questionnaire

In addition to the eligibility process and committee review, each pastor will have the opportunity, at their request, to review their individual parishioner’s assistance appeal and questionnaire. It is important to the application process that you remain an active parishioner at your parish.

How and when do I apply?


Returning families online application information will be announced in the SerraDIPITY newsletter each year (February through March) to inform returning families of the application period for the upcoming school year. New families will need to contact Mrs. Shannon Smith, at 888-1990, ext. 139 or e-mail ssmith@serraschool.org to request an application.