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Education

More than one option in seeking financial aid for Catholic education

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Parents take note: when it comes to Catholic education, these days there are more financial options than ever available to make it possible for your children.

First, contact the Catholic school where the child is to be enrolled. Often there are often numerous scholarships available for qualified families.

The Catholic Education Foundation is another resource. Thanks to generous benefactors, the CEF is able to distribute more than $2 million annually to financially qualified students who enroll in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Joliet. Currently, the CEF is welcoming applications through March 1.

Visit the website http://cefjoliet.org/ and click on ‘Scholarships and Grants’ to apply online for tuition assistance before March 1.

Interested in making Catholic education possible for a student in need? CEF donors can make one-time donations or restrict larger contributions to specific situations.

“A donor could establish a scholarship fund that would benefit students with learning disabilities or those living in single-parent homes attending a specific school,” said Joe Langenderfer, the Catholic Education Foundation’s chief executive officer.

Contributions qualify for a federal tax deduction.

Another financial aid option is the Tax Credit Scholarship program. Starting its second year, the program has distributed $2.5 million on behalf of Catholic School students throughout the counties of Will, DuPage, Kendall, Grundy and Kankakee.

Parents should contact https://empowerillinois.org/ and apply immediately to determine their eligibility for Catholic school student financial aid which could amount to 100 percent of their tuition.

Tax credit scholarship donors can enjoy a 75 percent credit of their donation on their 2019 Illinois state tax return. Donors may also designate a specific school or all Diocese of Joliet Schools in Region II or Region III. Donors receiving tax credits are not eligible for a federal tax deduction.

Investing in your child's education can be an expensive investment but there are many options to seek out to make it more affordable.

“There is every reason to apply to multiple sources of financial aid for students attending kindergarten through high school in the Diocese of Joliet,” Langenderfer said.

Catholic Education Foundation : 815.221.6127 : 16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403: http://cefjoliet.org/