Tuition Assistance & Scholarships


The provision of a quality education is an expensive endeavor. St. Peter’s School has made every effort to contain costs and strives to provide access to the school by supporting those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Currently, one in every three families receives tuition assistance. For a child whose parents are committed to a Catholic education, St. Peter’s will make every effort to ensure availability and affordability. We recognize applications can be stressful and our staff is here to assist through every step of the process. We encourage parents to call building principals or the Business Office at 419-524-2572 with any questions about tuition, tuition assistance or scholarships. St. Peter’s School prides itself on its reputation that all inquiries are held in strict confidence.

For additional information about tuition, tuition assistance, scholarships, or any other information on this page, please call the business office at 419-524-2572, elementary principal Mrs. Madalyn Bauer 419-524-2572 or high school/junior high principal Ms. Tammy Haus 419-524-2572.

TUITION ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITIES

(1) St. Peter’s Catholic School encourages families who struggle paying tuition to apply for aid at www. smartaidforparents.com. Awarded on a first come first served basis. Parents are notified of tuition assistance decision from mid-May to mid-July.

(2) Kroger and Scrip Gift Certificate Programs carry great benefit for tuition credit with purchases made being credited for the following school year. Credit is based on a percentage of certificate dollars purchased or dollars spent.

ST. PETER’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Annual Fund
The majority of families who receive tuition assistance at St. Peter’s Catholic School do so through the St. Peter’s Scholarship Program, funded by gifts to the Annual Fund. Families submit applications to www.smartaidforparents.com. Awards are based on need. All awards are held in strict confidence between the Business Office and parents.

ADDITIONAL ST. PETER’S SCHOLARSHIPS

Monsignor Edward C. Dunn Foundation for Education Scholarships
1) Regina’s Kids Scholarships
A fund and scholarship established through the generosity of the Polinski family to honor the spirit of volunteerism that the late Regina Polinski represented. Scholarships are awarded to student members of the Regina’s Kids program and announced at the Monsignor Dunn Foundation annual meeting–one participating Regina’s Kids students grade 1-7 and one participating Regina’s Kids student grade 8-11.
2) Sam Tridico Montessori Scholarship
Awarded to a Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten student, this scholarship was established to keep Sam’s memory alive and give other children the same bright start.

GIFT CERTIFICATE TUITION CREDIT PROGRAM

Most families take advantage of the Kroger, Meijer, and the Scrip dollar-for-dollar gift certificate programs. The program is very simple in design and carries great benefit for tuition credit. With purchases of dollar-for-dollar gift certificates to area businesses made during a 12-month period (June through May), parents earn tuition credit during the current school year. Tuition credit is based on a percentage of certificate dollars purchased. Percentages range from 1% to 17% (varies with each business) on hundreds of popular area businesses throughout Mansfield and Columbus.

STATE OF OHIO SCHOOL CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Across Ohio, thousands of parents use state-funded scholarships to send their children to the school they choose. As a “provider school”, St. Peter’s Catholic School participates in the State of Ohio School Choice Scholarship Programs, completes the annual screening process by the Ohio Department of Education and adheres to the Ohio Schools Operating Standards. St. Peter’s Catholic School accepts admission application and, upon admission acceptance, scholarship application for four school choice scholarship programs.

• Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice)
EdChoice provides scholarships to students who attend the state’s lowestrated public schools to be used toward tuition at the participating private/ parochial school of their choice, upon acceptance to that school. Call us at St. Peter’s to see which schools in the Mansfield area are on that list.

• Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship
Any student in grades K-12 with a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their home school district is eligible to apply. The scholarship can be used toward tuition at a participating school and/or costs for outside services like therapy and tutoring.

• Autism Scholarship
Any child age three to 21 who is on the autism spectrum and has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is eligible to apply for an Autism Scholarship. The scholarships can be used toward tuition at a participating school and/or costs for outside services like therapy and tutoring.

EdChoice Expansion (Income-Based Scholarship)
The Income-Based Scholarship Program is an expansion of the EdChoice Scholarship Program that provides scholarships to students from eligible working class families whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation. The plan is that each school year, a new grade will be added. This scholarship is based only on income and is available in any part of the state. Families CURRENTLY attending St. Peter’s are eligible to apply.

 

EdChoice Scholarships, Jon Peterson Special Needs, Autism Scholarships and EdChoice Expansion (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade–Income-Based Scholarships) are available from the State of Ohio to eligible students. More information can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website at www.ode.state.oh.us. For additional information or questions about any information on this page, please contact Laura Gregory, State Services Office Manager, at St. Peter’s School, 419-524-2572 x2111.