Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Providence Catholic has significantly increased the amount of financial aid available to our families over the past several years.  In fact, PCHS awarded more than $1.5 million in aid and scholarships this year to its families.  Through generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities, a Providence Catholic education has become an affordable option for families who seek a Catholic college preparatory education.  In order to be considered for any scholarships, families must apply for financial aid through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment.

Academic Scholarships for the Class of 2023

Providence Catholic has implemented a new academic scholarship program that will tremendously impact incoming freshmen who enter PCHS in the Fall of 2019. The scholarships range from $6,000 to $10,000 and are available to all students who place in the Top 10% on the school’s Placement Exam on December 1, 2018.

  • Celtic Scholar Award:  Score 90%-94% = $6,000 ($1,500 per year at PCHS).  Must maintain a 3.25 GPA.
  • Celtic Scholar with Distinction Award:  Score 95%-99% = $10,000 ($2,500 per year at PCHS).  Must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Financial Aid Application…Apply Online

All Providence Catholic families are invited to apply for financial aid through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment, which guides PCHS in the determination of need.  Please allow at least two weeks for processing your application.

Complete the FACTS online application here (selecting this link will redirect you to FACTS website).  This is the first step necessary to be considered for financial aid.


Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Information for Families

The State of Illinois recently passed the Invest in Kids Act to help provide families funding to attend the school of their choice. Scholarships offered through this program may cover a significant amount of tuition for next school year.

View more information about the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship here 

Financial Aid Timeline

PCHS Financial Aid Timeline (for the Class of 2023)

January 15 – Illinois Tax Credit Online Application Opens (Funding is limited and is on a first come first serve basis)

February 4 – Financial Aid Application Due to FACTS

February 19– PCHS Scholarships announced via U.S. mail

February 19 – PCHS Financial Aid announced via U.S. mail

March 1 – Summer Work Program applications due to President’s office

May – Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarships announced via mail


PCHS Financial Aid Timeline (for the Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022)

March 1 – Financial Aid Application Due to FACTS

March 1 – Summer Work Program applications due to President’s office

April 1-– PCHS Financial Aid announced via mail

May – Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Scholarships announced via mail

Illinois Tax Credit Timeline

February 27 – Online Application Opens (Funding is limited and is on a first come first serve basis)

Emergency Financial Aid

Families may apply for emergency financial aid year round.  This funding comes from the Celtic Godparent Grant Program and is reserved for students who experience the death of a parent, loss of a job, or other special circumstance affecting the household income. Anonymous donors (Celtic Godparents) provide the funding as needed.

Discount for Parents who work in Catholic elementary schools

Complete this form and return to PCHS Tuition Office.

Freshmen Scholarships

Applications are distributed at the December Incoming Freshmen Placement Exam

  • Augustinian Service Scholarship
  • Celtic Leadership Scholarship
  • Chase Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Celtic Scholar Award
  • Celtic Scholar with Distinction Award
  • The Stanley and Adele Guz Memorial Scholarship
  • The Kazma Scholarship

 Upperclass Scholarships

Applications are distributed after March 1 to families that apply for financial aid.

  • Cor Unum Scholarships
    • Augustinian
    • Thomas and Marta Bennett
    • LaVerne & Dorothy Brown
    • Chuck and Pat Engvall
    • William and Renee Farrell
    • Michael and Mary Grady
    • Frank and Janet Jurmann
    • Kazma Family Foundation
    • Scott and MaryBeth Reiter
    • Beverly Welsch
    • Leo and Judy Wrona
  • Irish Fellowship Educational Fund Grant
  • James A. Costello Memorial Scholarship
  • McGrath Family Scholarship
  • The Louis Patras Scholarship
  • The Lillian M. Tunze Scholarship
  • The Billy Hultgen Memorial Scholarship
  • The Emily McCabe Scholarship
  • The Scott Whisson Memorial


Graduating Senior Scholarships

Applications will also be posted on Naviance Family Connection under the “Colleges” tab

  • Berman & Sons Accounting Scholarship
  • Cleveland Family Scholarship
  • Ed Karnas Memorial Scholarship
  • Charles E. Murphy Scholarship to DePaul University
  • Loretta Murphy Scholarship to Joliet Junior College
  • Ronald Rob Memorial Scholarship
  • Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Schmidt, Sr., and Mynne Kuhn Scholarship
  • Kristen Zastro Scholarship


  • Who should I contact at PCHS if I should have questions about financial aid and/or scholarships?

Mr. Ed Barrett, Director of Institutional Advancement oversees financial aid and scholarships.  Email Mr. Barrett or call 815.717.3164

  • Who decides how much financial aid I will receive?

Providence Catholic High School makes awards according to the recommendation made by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment based on analysis of your application.

  • Why do I have to provide this personal and confidential information?

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment must verify your expenses and household income to assist your institution in making an informed decision about the amount of financial aid needed for each family.

  • How can I check the status of my financial aid application?

Once you have completed the online application, you will be able to log on to the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment website to check the status of your application.  Should you have any questions regarding your online application, you may contact FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment directly via:

Phone: 866.315.9262
Fax: 866.315.9264
Address: PO Box 82524 Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

  • Does PCHS offer any opportunities for students to work on campus to help with tuition?

Yes, there are two opportunities available to student workers to help reduce their tuition cost.

Summer Work Program – During the 9-week summer program, approximately twenty-five young men and women work on the PCHS facilities and grounds. They receive a salary: two-thirds is applied to tuition and one-third is given to the students in the form of a check. Students who are interested in working for Providence Catholic are encouraged to apply directly to Kathy Ball, between January 1 and March 1.

PCHS Work-Study Program – This program assists students by providing lunch during the school year in return for the student working during their study period.

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