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My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears
My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

“I attended Catholic schools all my life and would like more young people to have the same opportunities I had,” said Bishop Walkowiak. “More than a top-notch education, Catholic schools provide the leadership, integrity and moral compass that young people need in today’s society and I want to do whatever we can to encourage families to take advantage of this blessing.”

Tuition assistance applications for the 2015-2016 school year are available in English and Spanish at any of the 29 schools the Diocese serves. You can find a list of locations here.

After the three-year test period, the Diocese will review the funding initiative to determine if it should be extended.