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Tuition Assistance

We are called to develop a community of persons who are formed in the image and likeness of Christ. To achieve this end, we will encourage and support Catholic education in our elementary school.
With these words contained in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Mission Statement, our parish expresses its commitment to the importance of Catholic education. To encourage all parish families to consider a Catholic education, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish provides tuition assistance for eligible parish families who have a child or children in our elementary school and are in need of financial help. This monetary assistance is paid for by the parish and administered through the Chattanooga Deanery Catholic Schools Operating Fund with the help of Mrs. Chris Curtis.
An eligible parish family is one that has been registered and active in the parish for at least one year. However, if new to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the family must have a letter from their former parish stating that they were active and contributing members of that parish. The family should regularly contribute to the Parish offertory using the envelope system with a minimum annual yearly contribution of $350.00.
OLPH  awards tuition assistance using a needs-based evaluation (FACTS Grant & Aid online application) for families who could not otherwise afford to attend. Families are required to apply each school year and submit the required tax documentation by the deadline in order to be considered for tuition assistance. There is a $35 application fee due at the time of application submission. Catholic families must also submit a completed Parish Affiliation Form signed by their pastor, in order to apply for tuition assistance.
 
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
 
FACTS Grant & Aid online application opens on October 22, 2018. (Click here to apply.) The application takes approximately 25 minutes to complete. Applicants are required to upload 2017 federal tax return and 2018 W2 forms. We suggest starting the application and uploading your 2017 federal tax return as soon as possible. You can finish/submit the application after you have uploaded your 2018 W2 forms. Applications and tax forms must be submitted by February 1, 2019.
 
A personal tuition assistance interview conducted at Notre Dame High School is required for all applicants. Once you have completed the question portion of the application and uploaded your 2017 federal return, please contact either Chris Curtis or Mary Anne Poinsatte to schedule your interview (see below).
 
OLPH families- Chris Curtis, (423) 624-4618 ext. 1026 curtisc@myndhs.com 

Noncatholic families- Mary Anne Poinsatte, (423) 624-4618 ext. 1014 poinsattem@myndhs.com
 

KEY DATES FOR 2019-2020
 
  • October 22, 2018 – The online application process will be available. Click here to apply.
  • February 1, 2019 – Last date to apply for tuition assistance.
  • February 1, 2019 – Last date to upload required tax documentation to FACTS.  (2017 federal tax return and 2018 W2 forms)
  • March 8, 2019 – Tuition assistance award notifications will be mailed.
 
If you have any questions, please contact any of the following: Katie Woodard, Connie McCutcheon, Mary Anne Poinsatte or Chris Curtis at (423) 624-4618.