Tuition Assistance

Grant Program

If you are in the public schools, or transferring from a different diocese, St. Joan of Arc offers a $1,500 grant option that incoming families can apply for. If you qualify, $1,000 will be discounted from your tuition the first year and $500 will be discounted from the second year of attendance. To apply for this grant, contact the school office at (630) 969-1732.

State

In 2017, the “Invest in Kids Act” was signed into law in the State of Illinois. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for next school year, for families that qualify.

Empower Illinois scholarship applications will now be made available to students and families through  EmpowerIllinois.org

Depending on your household income, you may receive a full or partial scholarship to attend St. Joan of Arc. There will be a limited number of scholarships available so applying as soon is allowed is very important. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

You can go on the site and families will complete a brief online form containing name and contact information, child name and preferred school. This will time stamp your application for the first-come, first-served scholarships.

Apply: After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the application. Applications will be sent on a rolling basis, over the course of a few weeks. After receiving the application email, families will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

The goal with this two-step process is to make it easier for families and provide more time to ensure your application is accurate and complete.

There is a Catholic Schools Office website, www.weteachmore.org  established as the place where you will find the most up-to-date  information about the application process.  Contact the SJA school office (630) 969-1732 for any additional questions.

How do I know if my family is financially eligible? Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

K-12 students from low-income families are eligible to receive a Tax Credit Scholarship.  See the chart below for more details.

Before April 1, priority will be given to students who meet one of the following categories:

  • Are members of a household whose previous year’s total annual income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level ( $47,637.50 for a family of 4);
  • Reside within a focus district;
  • Received a scholarship from a scholarship granting organization during the previous school year; or
  • Are siblings of students currently receiving a scholarship.

After April 1, all other qualifying students will be considered for scholarships, subject to availability of funding.

 2019 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Chart
Household members 185% FPL 250% FPL 300% FPL
1 $23,106.50 $31,225 $37,470
2 $32,283.50 $42,275 $50,730
3 $39,460.50 $53,325 $63,990
4 $47,637.50 $64,375 $77,250
5 $55,814.50 $74,425 $90,510
6 $63,991.50 $86,475 $103,770
7 $72,168.50 $97,525 $117,030
8 $80,345.50 $108,575 $130,290

Note:

  • If more than eight people in your household, for each additional person, add $4,180 (2017), $4,320 (2018), or $4,420 (2019) to the baseline FPL number for a family of 8 ($41,320 – 2017 or $42,380 – 2018) and then multiply by 1.85, 2.5 and 3 to arrive at the corresponding income limits.
  • Foster children are deemed to have a household income that does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level.
  • If more than eight people in your household, for each additional person, add $4,180 to the baseline FPL number for a family of 8 ($41,320) and then multiply by 1.85, 2.5 and 3 to arrive at the corresponding income limits.
  • Foster children are deemed to have a household income that does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level.

Diocesan

Tuition assistance is available through the Catholic Education Foundation of the Joliet Diocese office of Catholic Schools. Applications are available through FACTS. For helpful hints on completing the FACTS Grant and Aid Application online click here. Deadline for the Catholic Education Foundation award is March 1st of the prior school year.

St. Joan of Arc Adopt-A-Student

St. Joan of Arc provides assistance through its Adopt-A-Student program. Eligibility for Adopt-A-Student assistance is on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Principal Michelle Picchione () to discuss financial aid for tuition through this program.

SCRIP

I have a child at St. Joan of Arc School, how do the SCRIP rebates help me directly?
If you have a child at St. Joan of Arc School, 50% of the SCRIP rebate (profit) from your order can be applied as a tuition credit, after $500 of SCRIP purchases per year. SCRIP Rebates are calculated from March 1st to the following March 1st in a given school year.

How do I signup for shopwithscrip.com?
Go to: http://www.shopwithscrip.com and click the “REGISTER” button in the top right hand corner or download the RaiseRight app on your Apple or Android device and hit “Join a program”. When asked for an enrollment code please use: B23A49233L744.
Please make sure you enter all the information and use an email that you check frequently.

What is ScripNow, Reload, ReloadNow, and RaiseRight?
ScripNow – Electronic gift cards are available from many of our retailers, and can be ordered and printed from your ShopWithScrip account. The ScripNow eCard is delivered to your account in minutes when you pay for your order with PrestoPay – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Print the certificate and redeem it in stores, or copy and paste the code at checkout to apply to an online purchase. You can also order and redeem ScripNow right from your phone using the RaiseRight app.

Reload – Add funds to a plastic gift card overnight for retailers that offer a Reload product. The card must have been purchased from Great Lakes Scrip Center to be eligible for Reload on ShopWithScrip. Reloaded funds are available the next morning when an order containing a Reload is submitted and paid for by 3:30 PM EST Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

ReloadNow – Add funds to a plastic gift card immediately for retailers that offer a ReloadNow product. The funds are available on the card in minutes when you pay with PrestoPay – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The card must have been purchased from Great Lakes Scrip Center to be eligible for ReloadNow on ShopWithScrip.

RaiseRight – Our mobile app for ShopWithScrip, available on iPhone and Android devices. You can download the app in your device’s App Store. Login using your same ShopWithScrip username and password to place orders for ScripNow, Reload, and ReloadNow. Also,you can redeem scrip directly from your mobile device for retailers that allow it.

How do I pay electronically?
There are 2 ways to pay for your orders online.
1. You can add a bank account by logging into your ShopWithScrip account on the website or through the RaiseRight App. Paying through a direct bank account transfer has a small $0.15 convenience fee.
2. You can enter any major credit card when you checkout your order on the website or RaiseRight app for a small convenience fee of 2.6% of the total purchase price.

How do I receive my physical gift cards that I order?
All SCRIP orders for physical gift cards ordered online are made every Thursday at 4pm. Only orders where we have received payment (either by check or electronically) by 4pm Thursday are sent for that week. The total of all orders for the week for physical gift cards (not e-cards) must have a minimum order of $250. If all orders do not total $250, it will be held in queue until it reaches the minimum.
If you have a student at our St. Joan of Arc school – your gift cards will be sent to the School office and sent home with the student on the following Wednesday if you made payment by the previous Thursday (either by check or electronically).
If you do not have a child in the school – your cards will be ready for pickup on Wednesday at the Parish Center provided you made payment by the previous Thursday (either by check or electronically).

Can my friends and family members use SCRIP so that their SCRIP rebates apply to my student?
Yes. They need to make sure they enter the student’s first and last name, and if possible the Classroom/Teacher information in their account settings when they sign-up. If they purchase physical cards, their physical cards will be delivered to you and you will be responsible for distributing the physical cards they order to them.  If you have any issues signing up, please contact Alex Gervacio at: .