Scholarship and Tuition Assistance

Think you can’t afford a quality Catholic education? Think again!


Leveraged Financial Aid

Catholic education has a long and rich history in Joliet and the surrounding communities of Plainfield, and Shorewood. Since 1869, Joliet Catholic Academy, led by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and Carmelites has provided faith formation and academic excellence for high school students. But an excellent Catholic education has always required a significant financial investment. And private education can be an expense that makes education difficult for some families to access.

At Joliet Catholic Academy, we are committed to granting access to as many families as possible. In fact, no student at JCA pays 100% of the cost of education.

How do we do this? Three ways; First, through the JCA endowment supported by our generous donor base on an annual level. Second, through merit based scholarship for Top Entrance Exam Scorers and Leadership Awards in the JCA Heritage Award Program. And finally, through other supporting activities. Like our annual fundraisers including Jubilate.

So the cost of tuition has already been supplemented for every Joliet Catholic Academy student. Instead of passing on the full cost of education, families pay no more than 90% of the cost to educate. This commitment to providing an affordable education that is accessible to ALL Will County-area families is foundational to the mission of Joliet Catholic Academy.

As a result of this continued commitment, the leadership of JCA is launching a new and exciting program that will help grant access to a high-quality Catholic education to more families. This new program is Leveraged Financial Aid.

Leveraged Financial is just that…Leveraged. We match your tuition rate to your family’s unique, financial position. So the tuition at Joliet Catholic Academy is not a one size fits all. It’s a range…A range that spans from about 25% to 90% of the full cost of this high-quality Catholic education. Families interested in Leveraged Financial Aid simply submit a financial profile to a confidential third-party service online called FACTS. Based on a recommendation to our administration, your leveraged financial aid is confirmed. It’s as easy as that.

Think you can’t afford a quality Catholic education? Think again. With Leveraged Financial Aid at Joliet Catholic Academy, an excellent Catholic education has never been more accessible. For more information, please see the below links.

Click Here to view a Spanish translation of JCA’s Financial Aid programs offered.

FACTS Online Application 

  • FACTS will open on October 1, 2018 for parents interested in enrolling their child as a freshman in the fall of 2018.
  • Due by December 31, 2018 for priority Financial aid consideration from the JCA Endowment and the JCA Leveraged Financial Aid program; due by February 15, 2019 for the Kazma Award and Joliet Diocesan Aid.

Need Based Tuition Assistance, Scholarships and Grants

  • Distributed by Joliet Catholic Academy upon the completion of FACTS need-based assessment.

Heritage Award Leadership Program

  • Merit-based awards ranging from $1,000-$5,000 off tuition based on leadership, talent, and service. 
  • Requires submission of application, 500-word essay, grade school report card(s), and letter of recommendation by December 1, 2018.
  • Finalists will be interviewed by the Heritage Award Committee to determine recipients.

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

  • Current and incoming families can receive $6,140-$12,280 in a tuition scholarships via the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. A student qualifies if his or her family earns 300% of the federal poverty level or less (in other words, a family of 4 earning $73,800 or less for the 2017 tax year).
  • Applications will be available beginning January 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. at

Tuition Transfer Grant Program

  • Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce participation in the Joliet Diocese Tuition Transfer Grant program for the 2018-2019 school year. Students entering grades ten through 12 who transfer from any public, private, charter or home school are eligible to receive a $4,000 transfer discount. ($3,000 discount off the 1st year enrolled and $1,000 off the 2nd year).

Sallie Mae Loans

  • For expenses associated with your child’s private kindergarten through grade 12 education.
  • When you have expenses that aren’t covered by savings, financial aid, and traditional payment plans, get the money you need to help pay for your child’s private school education.

Diocese of Joliet Employee Benefit Program SPACE (Schools Promoting & Assisting Catholic Educators Program)
Joliet Catholic Academy offers a tuition credit for children of faculty members from participating Catholic grade schools. A letter stating full time employment from the respective Pastor or Principal of the school is required and should be submitted to the JCA Business Office.

Click Here to view the Financial Aid PowerPoint from our 2018 Open House.

*JCA reserves the right to amend Financial Aid offers from the JCA Endowment dependent on outside financial aid sources (CEF awards, Kazma Scholarship, IL Tax Credit Scholarships).

Contact Information

  • For more information on tuition assistance at JCA, please contact Kris Horn, at 815.741.0500 ext. 264 or Ryan Quigley at ext. 214 
  • For more information on the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) of the Joliet Diocese, please click here.

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