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.

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  • California

    Children’s Scholarship Fund

    8 West 38th Street
    9th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: Toll-free (212) 515-7100
    Fax: (212) 515- 7126
    www.scholarshipfund.org
    info@scholarshipfund.org

    Accepting Applications? No
    Geography Covered: San Diego

  • The BASIC Fund

    268 Bush Street, #2717
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Phone: (415) 986-5650
    Fax: (415) 986-5358
    basicfund.org
    rachel@basicfund.org

    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

  • Colorado

    ACE Scholarships

    1201 East Colfax Ave., Suite #302
    Denver, CO 80218
    Phone: (303) 573-1603
    Fax: (720) 266-6798
    www.acescholarships.org
    info@acescholarships.org

    Accepting Applications? Please check our website for more information.
    Geography Covered: Denver

  • Seeds of Hope

    1300 South Steele Street
    Denver, CO 80210
    Phone: (303) 715-3127
    Fax: (303) 715-2042
    www.seedsofhopetrust.org

    Accepting Applications? Please check our website for more information.
    Geography Covered: Denver

  • Connecticut

    Catholic Academies of Bridgeport

    Catholic Center
    238 Jewett Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06606-2892
    Phone: (203) 416-1379

    Accepting Applications? Please call for information on applications.
    Geography Covered: Bridgeport

  • Illinois

    CSF Chicago

    8 West 38th Street
    9th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: Toll-free (212) 515-7111
    Fax: (312) 377-1837
    www.scholarshipfund.org
    info@scholarshipfund.org

    Accepting Applications? No
    Geography Covered: City of Chicago

  • Indiana

    Institute for Quality Education

    101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 700
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Phone: (317) 951-8781
    Fax: (317) 951-8783
    www.i4qed.org
    mary.eaker@i4qed.org

    Accepting Applications? Please check our website or call for more information.

    Geography Covered: Indianapolis Public School District and Marion County

  • Louisiana

    CSF New Orleans

    8 West 38th Street
    9th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: (212) 515-7100
    Fax: (212) 515-7124
    www.scholarshipfund.org
    info@scholarshipfund.org

    Accepting Applications? No
    Geography Covered: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany Parishes

  • Maryland

    CSF Baltimore

    1000 St. Paul Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone: (410) 243-2510
    Fax: (410) 243-8629
    www.csfbaltimore.org
    www.twitter.com/CSFBaltimore
    csfbaltimorepa@hotmail.com

    Accepting Applications? Please visit our website to apply to join the waitlist.
    Geography Covered: City of Baltimore

  • Michigan

    CSF Detroit

    Archdiocese of Detroit
    1234 Washington Blvd.
    Detroit, MI 48226
    Phone: (313) 883-8677
    Fax: (313) 883-8681
    mendiola.diana@aod.org

    Accepting Applications? Please call us for information about applying.
    Geography Covered: Detroit

  • Missouri

    Today and Tomorrow Foundation

    20 Archbishop May Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63119-5004
    Phone: (314) 792-7622
    Fax: (314) 792-7629
    www.archstl.org/ttef/
    laurageorge@archstl.org

    Accepting Applications? Please contact us for more information.
    Geography Covered: City of St. Louis

  • Montana

    ACE Scholarships

    P.O. Box 80623
    Bozeman, MT 59108
    Phone: (303) 573-1603
    www.acescholarships.org
    slaszloffy@acescholarships.org

    Accepting Applications? Please call for information.
    Geography Covered: State of Montana

  • Nebraska

    CSF of Omaha

    1414 Harney Street, Suite 400
    Omaha, NE 68102
    Phone: (402) 819-4990
    Fax: (402) 965-0666
    www.csfomaha.org
    scholarship@csfomaha.org

    Accepting Applications? Please call us for application information.
    Geography Covered: Metro Omaha and Northeast Nebraska

  • New Jersey

    Catholic Partnership Schools

    808 Market St., 2nd Floor
    Camden, NJ 08102
    Phone: (856) 338-0966
    Fax: (856) 338-0965
    www.catholicpartnershipschools.org
    partnership@catholicpartnershipschools.org

    Accepting Applications? Yes, please contact us for more information.
    Geography Covered: Camden and Pennsauken

  • 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
    www.sficnj.org

    Accepting Applications? Please contact us for more information.
    Geography Covered: Cities of Elizabeth, Jersey City and Newark

  • Tri-County Scholarship Fund

    4 Century Drive
    Parsipanny, NJ 07054
    Phone: (973) 984-9600
    www.tcsfund.org
    Questions@tcsfund.org

    Accepting Applications? Please contact us for more information.
    Geography Covered: Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties

  • New York

    BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund

    P.O. Box 1134
    Buffalo, NY 14205
    Phone: (716) 854-0869 or 1-888-216-8380 (toll-free)
    Fax: (716) 854-0877
    www.bisonfund.com
    info@bisonfund.com

    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 City

    8 West 38th Street, 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: (212) 515-7137
    Fax: (212) 515-7126
    www.scholarshipfund.org/nyc/
    info@scholarshipfund.org

    Accepting Applications? Please see our website, www.scholarshipfund.org/nyc/apply
    Geography Covered: New York City and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties.

  • North Carolina

    CSF Charlotte

    220 North Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    Phone: (704) 973-4534
    Fax: (704) 973-4934
    www.csfcharlotte.org
    lclarke@fftc.org

    Accepting Applications? Please contact us using the information above.
    Geography Covered: Mecklenburg County

  • Ohio

    Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund

    5800 Monroe Street, Suite F5
    Sylvania, OH 43560
    Phone: (419) 720-7048
    Fax: (419) 720-7050
    www.nosf.org
    ariddle@nosf.org

    Accepting Applications? Please visit our website for application information.
    Geography Covered: City of Toledo; Fulton, Lucas, and Wood Counties

  • Oregon

    CSF Portland

    c/o Cascade Policy Institute
    4850 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Ste. 103
    Portland, OR 97225
    Phone: (503) 242-0900
    Fax: (503) 242-3822
    kathryn@cascadepolicy.org

    Accepting Applications? Please contact us for further information.
    Geography Covered: State of Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

    CSF Philadelphia

    100 South Broad Street, Suite 1200
    Philadelphia, PA 19110
    Phone: (215) 670-8411
    Fax: (215) 670-5899
    www.csfphiladelphia.org
    admin@csfphiladelphia.org

    Accepting Applications? Please check our website for information on new scholarships.
    Geography Covered: Philadelphia County

  • CSF Pittsburgh

    8 W. 38th Street, 9th Floor
    New York, NY 10018
    Phone: (888) 239-9350
    Fax: (212) 515-7126
    info@scholarshipfund.org

    Accepting Applications? No
    Geography Covered: Allegheny County

  • Tennessee

    MOST (Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust)

    850 Ridge Lake Blvd., Suite 220
    Memphis, TN 38120
    Phone: (901) 842-5327
    Fax: (901) 842-5331
    www.memphisscholarships.org
    gspickler@memphisscholarships.org

    Accepting Applications? Please check our website for application information.
    Geography Covered: Shelby County

There aren't any partner programs currently available in this state.

Scholarship Details

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 $1,600.

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.