GRACE works with families to find a way to make Catholic education accessible to all students no matter their income. There are a number of ways that tuition can be managed and/or reduced. Families can set up payments and pay tuition over the course of multiple months. Families who have multiple children enrolled in GRACE in grades kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible for the multi-child tuition discount. Read more about the payment plan options and multi-child discount on our Tuition and Fees page. Additionally, there are many additional options to explore to mange or reduce tuition.
GRACE Tuition Assistance
The GRACE Tuition Assistance Program supports over 250 students each year. As more families seek faith-based education, the GRACE Board of Trustees continues to grow the program. The establishment of scholarship endowments also help keep program funding at levels to meet family requests.
GRACE Financial Aid is available for families who have students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade.
- 2018-19: The online financial aid application portal for 2018-19 is closed.
- 2019-20: The online financial aid application portal for 2019-20 will open simultaneously with open enrollment which launches on January 27, 2019. After the online enrollment process is completed, a GRACE family may apply for financial aid online via TADS. Complete applications submitted by April 15, 2019 will undergo first consideration. For information regarding 2019-20 open enrollment, please see the Enrollment webpage.
In addition to the GRACE award, many of the Catholic parishes and schools also work with GRACE to make additional funds available to assist qualifying families. Inquire with your school principal to learn about school-specific assistance.
Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
The program allows students in kindergarten through eighth grade, who meet residency and eligibility requirements to receive state aid for their full tuition and attend one of our GRACE schools. In addition, for 2019-20 those students entering the four-year old early childhood program at St. Thomas More who meet requirements may also apply. The application period is in the spring each year, and deadlines are strict!
Families must apply during the open application period in order to qualify. The application period for 2019-20 will open February 1, 2019. Please apply early and plan accordingly. All required application documentation must be received at the GRACE Offices before 4:00 p.m. on April 18, 2019. Please refer to the GRACE Private School Choice Program webpage for more information or contact your school directly.
Wisconsin Tax Deduction for Tuition Expense
The Governor has signed tax legislation into law, giving Wisconsin taxpayers the opportunity to deduct private school tuition expenses from their taxable income beginning on or after January 1, 2014. A subtraction from income is allowed for tuition expenses that are paid for any of the GRACE Catholic Schools. Parents/guardians are eligible for a maximum deduction of $4,000/child in grades K-8 and $10,000/child in grades 9-12. Students transitioning from eighth to ninth grade are eligible for both deductions. Per the instructions, any amount spent on tuition and book fees are eligible for the deduction. Book fees include digital books, such as laptops or tablet fee issued by the school. All expenses incurred after January 1, 2014, are eligible for the deduction.
Tuition tax credit information is available to GRACE families online via GRACE’s enrollment management system, TADS. The TADS Household Paid Tuition Tax Report will provide a breakdown of payments made for the specified household’s tuition account during the tax year. When gathering information for tax preparation, GRACE families are to access their TADS account | select Billing | Billing Account Number | Reports | Household Paid Tuition Tax Report | enter the year (i.e. 2018) and submit. If you have questions or require assistance, please call TADS Parent Support at 1-800-477-8237.
SCRIP Tuition Reductions
A SCRIP program at each school allows for families to buy gift cards through their school for the items or gifts they purchase everyday, such as gas, clothing, groceries and restaurants. Once school requirements are met (see each school’s Enrollment Contract for details on SCRIP requirements), a percentage of what is purchased can be discounted off tuition. For questions or more information, contact your school’s principal.
Many Catholic parishes and schools work with GRACE to make additional funds available to assist qualifying families. For further details, please contact your school’s principal or parish.