Tuition Assistance

One application may be used for both the Bishop's Tuition Assistance Program and the STAR Foundation. Download a copy of the tuition assistance application or overview below. Applications for tuition assistance are also available at any Catholic school in the diocese. See applications for due dates.

Tuition Assistance Overview (PDF)
2018-19 Tuition Application (PDF)

If you own a business and are interested in participating in the EITC or PKTC programs through the STAR Foundation, click on the link below.

STAR Foundation – Business Application
PowerPoint: PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)

The Diocese of Erie provides more than $500,000 in tuition assistance for elementary and secondary schools. Individual schools also sponsor tuition assistance programs. For information on school-based tuition assistance, contact the school directly.

Your children may be eligible for two separate scholarship programs offered by the Diocese of Erie: The Bishop’s Tuition Assistance Program and the STAR Foundation. You only need to apply once to be eligible for both scholarship programs.

The Bishop's Tuition Assistance Program
for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Diocese of Erie annually provides tuition assistance for those students in need who wish to attend one of our elementary or secondary schools. Awards are made based solely on financial need.

STAR Foundation Tuition Assistance

Businesses can receive credits for certain types of taxes paid to the State by making a contribution to the STAR Foundation of the Diocese of Erie. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows businesses to receive up to 90 percent of their contribution in tax credits. Businesses may also benefit by participating in the Pre-Kindergarten Tax Credit (PKTC) program.

Businesses may choose to designate their donation to Catholic elementary school(s) and/or high schools. The STAR Foundation allocates the contributed funds to children of qualified families whose children are enrolled in a Catholic School within the diocese.

If you own a business and are interested in participating in the EITC or PKTC programs through the STAR Foundation, see link at right in the green box. Be sure to click the link that says "EITC Business Guidelines." Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader is required to access this document. You will need to complete the application with "SO" or "PKSO" at the top of the page.

If you have questions or need more information please e-mail your inquiry to Star Fund.