Basic Steps to Apply
1. Find the CSF partner program nearest you below. If your area is not listed, click here to find other tuition assistance programs in your state or nationwide.
2. Find out if the CSF partner program is offering new scholarships and if you meet the basic requirements. This can be done by visiting the partner program’s website or by emailing or phoning its office.
3. Follow the partner program’s instructions on how to request or pick up an application. For application details for the New York City program, click here.
4. Complete and return your application to the CSF partner program in accordance with its stated guidelines. Typically, you will be required to submit your federal income tax forms and/or other financial information with the application, as well as a current public school report card (unless your child is entering Kindergarten for the first time). Remember to keep a copy of your submitted application for your records.
The BASIC Fund
Accepting Applications? Yes, call (415) 986-5650 for further information
Geography Covered: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma Counties
Seeds of Hope
3801 E. Florida Avenue, Suite 909
Denver, CO 80210
Phone: (303) 715-3127
Fax: (303) 715-2042
Accepting Applications? Please check our website for more information.
Geography Covered: Denver
ConnecticutCatholic Academies of Bridgeport
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606-2892
Phone: (203) 416-1379
Accepting Applications? Please call for information on applications.
Geography Covered: Bridgeport
LouisianaCSF New Orleans
Archdiocese of Detroit
1234 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 883-8677
Fax: (313) 883-8681
Accepting Applications? Please call us for information about applying.
Geography Covered: Detroit
New JerseyCatholic Partnership Schools
The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children
171 Clifton Avenue, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 9500
Newark, NJ 07104
Phone: (973) 497-4279
Fax: (973) 497-4282
Accepting Applications? Please contact us for more information.
Geography Covered: Cities of Elizabeth, Jersey City and Newark
New YorkBISON Children’s Scholarship Fund
Accepting Applications? Yes. To receive an application, contact the private grammar school you desire your child to attend, or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.
Geography Covered: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming, and Orleans Counties
CSF New York
Accepting Applications? Please see our website, nyc.scholarshipfund.org/application/
Geography Covered: New York City and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.
OhioNorthwest Ohio Scholarship Fund
c/o Cascade Policy Institute
4850 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Ste. 103
Portland, OR 97225
Phone: (503) 242-0900
Fax: (503) 242-3822
Accepting Applications? Please contact us for further information.
Geography Covered: State of Oregon
8 W. 38th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (888) 239-9350
Fax: (212) 515-7126
Accepting Applications? No
Geography Covered: Allegheny County
TennesseeMOST (Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust)
Scholarships are generally awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so the earlier you complete your application, the better chance you will have of receiving a scholarship. Some partner programs have specific deadlines, so please check with the partner program in your area.
No matter the partner program, all families are required to demonstrate financial need as measured by standards similar to the National School Lunch Program.
In addition, please note that to be eligible for a scholarship, children must be entering grades K-8 (certain partner programs require that children be entering K-5 or K-6), and in most cases, new scholarships are only awarded to children coming from public school or entering Kindergarten. Children must also be 5 years old by the beginning of the school year for which they have been awarded a scholarship. Exceptions can be made for children who are at least four and a half years old if the school confirms that they have been accepted into the regular Kindergarten class and are expected to enter first grade the following academic year. No exceptions will be made for students in ungraded schools.
Scholarships are awarded to all eligible children in a family, provided they are entering eligible grades the year the family was awarded the scholarship.
CSF does not award high school scholarships, although some partner programs extend scholarships for current recipients after they graduate from eighth grade. CSF focuses on elementary school education because evidence shows that the earlier a child is placed in a productive educational environment, the better the long-term outcome will be.
Scholarships typically cover between 75 percent to 25 percent of tuition, depending on each family’s income and household size. If a family earns $100 or less over the limit for a percentage category one year, they are allowed to remain in the higher percentage category. If a family is more than $100 over the income listed in CSF’s guidelines, the program director may determine that the family has extenuating circumstances and allow them to remain in the higher percentage category.
The maximum scholarship cap varies from city to city, and the average award is around $1,700.
Families must always contribute at least $500 toward tuition each year, which is per family and not per child.
It is CSF and our partner programs’ goal to extend all scholarships through the eighth grade. However, this depends on the availability of funding and on the family’s continuing eligibility.