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All private high schools, including Catholic high schools, have a tuition students must pay in order to attend.  In cases where the tuition is a challenge or a potential barrier for a student or family, Catholic high schools will work with the family to identify forms of financial aid.  In addition, there are tax credit scholarships and outside organizations like those listed below which offer scholarships for students.  No student should ever let tuition prevent him/her from attending the right school.  Please review and contact the organizations described below in order to learn more about and/or apply for available scholarships.

High School Scholarship Support

Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund (BSF) provides need-based scholarships to Catholic school students in Chicago neighborhoods. Students may receive a scholarship in high school through one of two ways: 
  1.    If you currently receive a renewable BSF scholarship in elementary school, then it stays with you through high school.
  2.   If you attend a BSF-supported high school and that school successfully applies for a scholarship on your behalf.  The BSF-supported high schools are: 
                   Christ the King
                   Cristo Rey Jesuit
                   Cristo Rey St. Martin
                   De La Salle
                   DePaul College Prep
                   Holy Trinity
                   Mount Carmel
                   Our Lady of Tepeyac
                   St. Francis de Sales
                   St. Rita

Applications are due in October each year. Reach out to the admissions representative at the school(s) to which you are applying for more information. 
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund (DMSF) gives high school scholarship assistance and educational support to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who live in Chicago, Cicero, or Berwyn. DMSF seeks to make a life-altering difference in the lives of its scholars by providing them with the best opportunity to succeed in high school and college.

Application is due Friday, October 3, 2022.

Click here to apply. 
HFS Chicago
HFS provides financial assistance, one-to-one mentoring and guidance, academic enrichment and leadership opportunities to high-achieving high school students from underserved neighborhoods throughout Chicagoland. HFS Chicago helps develop well-rounded, college-prepared students ready to face the challenges of an ever-changing, global and diverse society.

Application is due November 15, 2022. 

Click here to apply.
HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development, and college readiness programs that create new possibilities for Chicago high school students from low-income families. The HighSight experience empowers scholars to excel in high school and graduate from four-year colleges across the country.

Application will open in February 2023.

Click here to apply.

LINK Unlimited
LINK Unlimited connects economically disadvantaged African American high school students with mentors, resources, and foundational skills required for success as they advance into, through, and beyond college. Candidates must be academically motivated and exhibit a drive to succeed. From there, LINK can help them go anywhere.

Application will be available in October 2022 and is due in December.

Click here to apply
Madonna Scholarship
The Madonna Foundation, established in 2001 by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is a public charity that increases access for young  women to attend Catholic high schools in the Chicago area. The Foundation is the only one of its kind in the region focusing exclusively on serving young women with scholarship support and programing.  The Madonna Foundation annually awards tuition grants to young women who demonstrate financial need and the potential for academic achievement. Financial support averages $2,700 per year.

The application opens at the beginning of February 2023.

Click here to apply. 
Tax Credit Scholarships
These scholarships are open to eligible students, based on family income. Eligible students may apply for a tax-credit scholarship that can cover between 50-100% of a student's tuition.  Students must apply through an official SGO (Scholarship Granting Organziation).  An eligible student is a member of a household whose federal adjusted gross income the year before he or she initially receives a scholarship under this program, as determined by the Department, does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level and, once the child receives a scholarship, does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level. Students are encouraged to apply to more than one SGO.

Big Shoulders Fund SGO
Empower Illinois SGO

Families must re-apply each year. Application day for both Big Shoulders Fund SGO and Empower Illinois is in January 2023.