Sioux Falls Catholic Schools offers a variety of financial aid options
We want to partner with you to make Sioux Falls Catholic Schools a reality for your family! Did you know we awarded more than 1.4 million dollars to our students last year? Funding is available for students in grades Kindergarten through 12.
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available during enrollment time in February 2019. The deadline for Financial Aid applications is April 1st annually.
NOTE: Financial aid is awarded based on your financial need and eligibility. Your financial aid package may include any combination of the types of aid available.
Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Grants
Sioux Falls Catholic Schools has a long-standing tradition of offering grants for families seeking financial aid. The St. Elizabeth Seton Grant, Opportunity Grant and the Special Needs Grant comprise what is now known as SFCS Grants and have been funded by faithful donors who want to help families afford a Catholic education for their children.
In addition to the SFCS Grants, the nine Catholic parishes in Sioux Falls also offer parish grant dollars to their parishioners who need additional assistance.
The Work Study program is available to high school students whose families demonstrate financial need. The work study positions are limited and preference is given to those with greatest need.
Our one step process for applying for grants and work study makes applying simple. Please complete the TADS financial aid application including the supplemental grant and work study questions (if applicable) along with your child’s enrollment for school.
SFCS Foundation Scholarships
Thanks to many generous donors who have established endowments, the SFCS Foundation is able to offer a variety of scholarships to help families with tuition costs. Most scholarships are based on financial need which is determined through the completion of the TADS application. Please review the scholarships available for the grade level, parish or activities criteria.
South Dakota Partners in Education
South Dakota Partners in Education Tax Credit Program was enacted in the 2016 legislative session, launched in 2016, and began providing scholarships during the 2016–17 school year. This program provides tax credits to insurance companies who donate to a nonprofit scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will then provide private school scholarships to students who meet the income and grade requirements. South Dakota becomes the 17th state to offer a tax credit scholarship program. Learn more about the program’s funding and eligibility requirements by clicking the button.
What are the requirements for financial aid?
The very first requirement is to enroll your child. The second requirement is that you submit a TADS financial aid online application for your family to be considered for financial assistance. Only completed applications of enrolled students will be reviewed.
What is TADS?
TADS is an abbreviation for Tuition Aid Data Services, a company located in St. Paul, MN. We partner with TADS for enrollment management and financial aid. TADS provides us the financial information we need to equitably distribute our financial aid. Financial aid is distributed by Sioux Falls Catholic Schools, not TADS.
What documentation will I need to complete the application?
The required supporting documentation will be outlined at the beginning and end of the online application and is tailored specifically to what was entered on your application. Typically, TADS requires your most recently filed 1040 tax form (or verification of non-filing status from the IRS), your most recent W2 statements and your most recent paystubs as well as documentation of the stated debt on your application. You can mail, fax or upload your documentation to TADS.
When is the deadline to apply for financial aid?
All applications MUST be received by April 1, 2018. All supporting documentation must also be submitted by this deadline.
*The Presentation Sisters Foundation Scholarship application has an earlier deadline of March 4th.
When will I get my results?
- By May 11th, all O’Gorman High School summer work study assignments will be mailed.
- All Sioux Falls Catholic Schools Foundation scholarships will be awarded in May. Letters from the SFCS Foundation will be sent to all applicants.
- All financial aid that is awarded by the Sioux Falls Catholic Schools will be complete and notifications will be sent in early June.
NOTE: If you have applied for parish assistance, you will need to contact your pastor to make an appointment to discuss.
What if I have other questions?
TADS can help! You may contact them Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Time at 800-477-8237, firstname.lastname@example.org or through our online chat at www.mytads.com.
Spanish bilingual assistance is available at 1-800-477-8237