Tuition Assistance & Grants
Lansing Catholic High School community forms students spiritually, intellectually, and socially into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
Lansing Catholic High School seeks to enroll intellectually curious and faith-minded students regardless of a family's ability to pay. In the 2022-23 school year, Lansing Catholic distributed more than $1.5M to over 90% of our school families. Over $1M of this amount was awarded as an automatic Gap Grant that historically has been applied to every family’s tuition plan regardless of financial need. Starting in the 2023-24 school year, all tuition grants must be applied in order to ensure all of our tuition assistance dollars are distributed on the basis of financial need.
LCHS offers need-based tuition assistance that is determined by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, a third party. Historically, 76% of our families who apply for tuition assistance receive aid and the average award is $3,700. All admissions decisions are made separately from tuition assistance determinations. We strongly encourage every family that feels they cannot afford the full tuition rate to apply.
Access the Online Grant & Aid Application from FACTS:
- Start your FACTS Grant & Aid Application online here.
- Families applying for tuition assistance need to complete the online FACTS form and submit the necessary supporting documentation by March 1 of each school year.
- A $35 fee is required through FACTS to apply for tuition assistance.
- Create an online account with FACTS or use an account login from previous years
- Submit the following documents to FACTS online:
- Copies of your most recent Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules and W2s.
- Copies of supporting documentation for Social Security Income, Welfare, Child Support, Food Stamps, Workers' Compensation, and TANF.
The FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment is a third party that conducts the financial need analysis for Lansing Catholic High School and the Diocese of Lansing.
By completing the FACTS form online by March 1, you will be considered for ALL tuition grants available from the Diocese of Lansing AND Lansing Catholic High School:
- Lansing Catholic High School Education Grant
This grant is open to all Lansing Catholic High School families who show financial need. This grant typically varies from $500 to $7,000 and averages $3,700.
- Diocese of Lansing Grant
This grant is open to any family with a Catholic student(s) in grades K-12 attending a Catholic school in the Diocese of Lansing. The family must show financial need, attend a parish in the Diocese of Lansing, and the student must be Catholic. Students in grades 9th-12th may qualify for a $1,000 grant.
Scholarships Available from the Diocese of Lansing
- The Venerable Augustus Tolton Scholarship
This $500 scholarship operates under the patronage of Venerable Augustus Tolton (1854-97), a former slave who became the first African American priest in the United States. This grant is open to any family with a Catholic student(s) in grades K-12 attending a Catholic school in the Diocese of Lansing. The family must show financial need, attend a parish in the Diocese of Lansing and the student must be African American or Black.
- The St. Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Scholarship
The St. Sanchez del Rio Scholarship is aimed at helping a greater number of Catholic Hispanic-American families in the Diocese of Lansing afford a Catholic education for their children. It will operate under the patronage of St. Sanchez del Rio (1913-1928), a Mexican youth so devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe and in love with his faith that he sacrificed his life in defense of both. This grant is $500 per student. In addition to the Grant Criteria for all grants, students must be Hispanic and show a need of at least $500 over and above the $750 or $1,000 need shown for Diocesan grants.
If you have any questions about the tuition assistance process through FACTS, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or LCHS Tuition Advisor Mrs. Renee Fischman at Lansing Catholic High School.
Additional Discounts and Programs
Catholic Parish Subsidy
If you indicated in your online enrollment packet that you would be receiving a tuition subsidy from your Catholic parish, your tuition plan will be based on that information. In order to receive that subsidy for the school year, you must contact your parish office for approval. Please be aware of your parish’s procedures for handling subsidy requests. All parish subsidy approvals are due to LCHS's tuition office by June 1 of each school year.
As of 2018 families can use their 529 savings plans to pay for private K-12 education without penalty. Contact your 529 plan advisor for details.
- Educational Loans
LCHS has collaborated with Gabriels Community Credit Union to reduce your monthly payments. They have created a private school loan specifically for Lansing Catholic High School families. They offer low monthly payments with an affordable interest rate. This will allow you to spread your tuition payments over 12 months. Please contact Gabriels Community Credit Union for more information: 517-484-0601.
- Catholic Educational Saving Accounts
LCHS has collaborated with Gabriels Community Credit Union to create special saving accounts for young Catholic families planning ahead to send their students to Lansing Catholic High School. Please contact Gabriels Community Credit Union for more information: 517-484-0601.
- TRIP Program (Raise Right)
Families may also participate in our TRIP Program in which families can earn dollars toward tuition by purchasing gift cards and earning a % back to be applied to tuition. The average TRIP savings is between $200 and $500 per year.
Frequently Asked Questions About LCHS Tuition Assistance
- What happened to the Gap Grant?
In order to ensure that a Catholic education is available to every family, all grants are awarded based on financial need. The Gap Grant, which in 2022-23 amounted to over $1M of assistance, was awarded automatically regardless of financial need. Moving forward all tuition grants will be awarded based on financial need.
- How is tuition determined?
Providing a high-quality education, and employing qualified and dynamic teachers, does have a significant cost. Lansing Catholic has done a remarkable job keeping the cost to educate our children as low as possible while compensating our incredible teachers fairly.
Each year we determine what the total cost of school operations will be for the following year which is then divided by the number of students attending. This is reviewed by our Finance Committee and then our Board of Trustees for final approval. For 2023-24 it will cost LCHS $12,350 to educate every child in our building, which through proactive measures we were able to keep the same as the cost in 2022-23 while still providing our teachers a modest raise.
In comparison federal, state, and local governments provide $764.7 billion or $15,120 per pupil to fund K-12 public education*.
What if I don’t want to share my financial information?
We understand that no one likes to share personal information, which is why we use a third-party service to provide confidential analysis of all tuition assistance calculations. Only the tuition officer, and in the cases of request for reconsideration the president, at Lansing Catholic ever view any financial information provided.
- What if my tuition assistance application is submitted after March 1, am I eligible for any tuition grants?
Applications received after that date are NOT eligible for the Diocese of Lansing grants, but are still eligible for some LCHS tuition assistance.
- Do I have to complete separate tuition assistance applications for my children if they attend different Catholic schools?
No, you submit one FACTS Grants & Aid application per family. You list each student and the school they attend on one application. The Diocese of Lansing and each school will receive your information and tuition assistance determination.
- What if I do not have access to a computer and cannot complete the form online?
You can contact LCHS tuition advisor, Mrs. Renee Fischman, to set up an appointment for you to use a computer at LCHS: 517-267-2107 or email@example.com.
- I can complete the form online, but I cannot upload or scan the required documents, what do I do?
You can contact LCHS tuition advisor, Mrs. Renee Fischman, and she will upload your documents for you at LCHS: 517-267-2107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When will I know if I qualified for any tuition assistance?
You will receive separate notifications from the Diocese of Lansing and LCHS by May 31 notifying you of your determination and amount of tuition assistance.
- I did not qualify for any tuition assistance through FACTS, is there anything I can do to receive tuition assistance?
Yes, if it was determined that you did not show a financial need, and you still require tuition assistance, then you can contact the LCHS tuition office and ask about our reconsideration form.
- When is the first tuition payment due?
For all payment plans, the first payment is due either July 15th or July 30th depending on the due date you selected in your online enrollment with LCHS.
- Can I volunteer and receive credit for tuition?
We do not have a volunteer program set up for tuition credits. All of our volunteering efforts go to our clubs, extracurricular events, and sports teams. We leave the volunteering and fundraising to these groups so they can keep any fees associated with their programs to a minimum. However, you can participate in LCHS’s TRIP program and the money earned is posted to your tuition account.
- Who do I contact if I have other questions regarding tuition and assistance?
Please contact Mrs. Renee Fischman in the LCHS Tuition Office at 517-267-2107 or email@example.com.