Financial Aid & Scholarships

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School strives to make Catholic education affordable to all families. Annually, over $100,000 is awarded in scholarships to help offset the tuition costs to all families enrolled at St. Vincent de Paul.

FACTS – GRANT AND AID APPLICATIONS exist for the equitable assessment of parish families in particular need. Those parish families believing that their particular situation warrants a further reduction in tuition must FIRST apply for the John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship using the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to meet all the requirements for tuition financial assistance.

Your FACTS application is due by April 15th for the John Lancaster Spalding Scholarship as well as from the parish. The results of the FACTS findings will be reviewed by the Pastor of SVdP and representatives of the St. Vincent de Paul Finance Commission. Following the review, each applicant family will be notified of their applicable tuition reduction. The reduced tuition level is paid through the Automatic Debit system.

John Lancaster Scholarship Protocols and Procedures

Checklist for a Spalding Scholarship Application

FACTS website


ILLINOIS "INVEST IN KIDS ACT" -  Applicant and Donor Information

Donors Needed for Historic Catholic School Scholarship Opportunity – "Invest in Kids Act"
The "Invest in Kids" tax credit application for individual and business taxpayers is available through MyTax Illinois as of January 2nd, and tax credits are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. All donors need to have an account with Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) before you can request to contribute to the scholarship program. This should be established now at as it can take 7-10 days to establish an account. Designate your donation for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School to provide tuition scholarships for area families wanting a Catholic education who are unable to afford it for their children. For more information, visit or and select CATHOLIC EDUCATION or contact Mr. Russ Courter, Director of Diocesan Parish and School Finances.

Scholarship Application Information – "Invest in Kids Act"
Scholarships offered through the new "Invest in Kids Act" could cover 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for your child next year. Key information about the program and application process are available on and the attachments (from this website) entitled, "EMP_About_Tax.Credit_Scholarship_Program," "EMP_FAQ_Students," and "Tax_Credit_Scholarship_Program_Apply." Information can also be found on the diocesan website ( and select CATHOLIC EDUCATION, or by contacting St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Principal, or Mr. Russ Courter, Director of Diocesan Parish and School Finances of Diocesan Schools at (309) 671-1550. 


Empower Illinois Application Reminders: 

  • Part one of the application will be available at 
  • The application is a two-part process
  • Part one is a brief reservation form which will timestamp applications 
  • Schools and families will be notified when part two is available 
  • Families can complete part two on empowerXchange and are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible 

Empower Illinois is always ready to help.  Please reach out to the phone number or email below so they can assist with any questions.

 (309) 416-0741


Education Savings Opportunity

Effective January 1, 2018, families may now use 529 education savings plans for K-12 tuition at private schools.  Please click “529 Plan” for a fact sheet from the USCCB and the NCEA.  Grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles can help fund a 529 and send a child to a Catholic school.  Families should consult with their tax and financial advisors. 


Read the Msgr. Livingston Essays here!

Did you Know?
Your child can attend a Catholic School - Financial Assistance Available
Tuition assistance scholarship grants from the endowment fund established as a result of
the Diocese of Peoria ROOTED IN FAITH Campaign and named in honor of Archbishop
Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria, will be available for the 2022-2023 school year for
students enrolled in or intending to enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12 in any
Catholic school located in the Diocese of Peoria whose families are active members of a
Catholic parish in the diocese. All grants will be based on financial need objectively
Information about the grants and application materials may be obtained from any Catholic
elementary or secondary school in the Diocese of Peoria or on the Diocesan website under Catholic Education and then under Financial Assistance. Consult the
detailed protocols and procedures and checklist for all requirements necessary to be eligible
for an award.
Parents must apply online at:  Families of students currently
receiving grants are reminded that all grants are for one year only, and anyone seeking to
renew a grant for the 2022-2023 school year must reapply.
Deadline date for the completed application is April 29, 2022. Notification of grant awards
will be made by the end of June 2022.
Another funding opportunity is also available due to the Invest in Kids Act legislation in
Illinois.  Students may be eligible for up to 100% of tuition and fees under a new program
for tax credit scholarships (TCS).  Details on how to apply and who qualifies are available
on the Empower Illinois website at   Students who receive a
TCS are ineligible to receive a Spalding award.


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