Discounts, aid offset Catholic-school tuition in Rochester Diocese - Catholic Courier

Discounts, aid offset Catholic-school tuition in Rochester Diocese

What’s the cost of attending Catholic elementary school? In the Diocese of Rochester, that answer may depend on your parish affiliation, income and how many family members you enroll.

According to statistics provided by the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools, tuition expenses for a single child in the 2021-22 school year will range from $4,085 to $6,250 among the 16 diocesan schools, with an average cost of $4,943. Those figures apply to students whose families belong to the parish where the school is located. For non-parishioner families, the range is $4,795 to $7,550 — an average of $6,185 — with three schools charging the same amount regardless of parish affiliation.

James Tauzel, diocesan superintendent of schools, said each parish sets its own tuition rate, with typical increases of about $200 per year to cover hikes in staff wages, the cost of supplies and other expenses. He added that the coronavirus pandemic did not force tuition increases for the upcoming school year, noting that state and federal funding has covered pandemic-related costs at diocesan schools.

Tauzel said that each diocesan school also offers multi-child discounts for families, significantly reducing the per-student cost. Additionally, each school offers financial aid for families who qualify. He noted that more than $800,000 will be distributed through the Building a Brighter Future Scholarship in 2021-22 after $560,000 was awarded this past school year.

“We actually give out more financial aid than most dioceses,” he said.

This year’s Building a Brighter Future initiative will benefit 192 students from 142 families, comprising approximately $307,000 in diocesan funding and $500,000 administered through a partnership with the Bison Children’s Scholarship Fund in Buffalo. Scholarships are available to both new and current Catholic-school students. For details on all available financial aid and scholarships, contact your school.

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