Tax Credit and Student Tuition Organizations

The Saint Thomas the Apostle community welcomes all families and strives to make a Catholic education affordable. All families, regardless of income level or religious affiliation, are encouraged to participate in and benefit from our Fund for All program helping to make Catholic education affordable through re-direction of state tax dollars at no cost to the taxpayer. Fund for All allows Saint Thomas to maximize the financial resources to support families who have chosen a Catholic education for their children. We are fortunate that in Arizona, scholarships are available for private school tuition regardless of income level.

Below is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance. Some organizations award scholarships based on financial need, but some programs award tuition scholarships based on the recommendation of a particular student/family by the donor. These organizations allow donors to take an active role in how their tax dollars are spent and consequently directly help families and schools provide more children with a private school education.

Please visit the websites for detailed information on applications, awards, donation limits and qualifications for each of the programs. Please feel free to contact the admissions office if you have any questions.

STA Tuition Assistance Fund

All Active Catholic families with students in K-8 and Preschool, who are experiencing financial hardship, are eligible to apply for tuition assistance from the STA Tuition Assistance Fund. Contact Tuition Manager, Dawn Mulligan at dmulligan@staphx.org for more information or to request an application. These applications MUST be submitted with the enrollment packet for consideration.

Please remember Saint Thomas when you prepare your taxes!
Tax credit organizations allow everyone with an Arizona state tax liability to redirect their tax dollars to Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, and/or to specific children who attend Saint Thomas the Apostle. In addition to, Catholic Education Arizona (see below), there are multiple tax credit programs: Individual, Corporate, Plus and Lexie’s Law for Disabled and Displaced students.

STO Need/Income-
Based Awards
Availability-
Based Awards
Application Deadline Application Fee Recommend a
specific student/
school?
Notes

Catholic Education
Arizona (CEA)

YES  Yes, after need is met. Opens Feb 1 for 1st round funding.
Apps due Apr 15.
$24 Can recommend STA school (code 192).  

Arizona Tuition
Connection

YES YES None NO Can recommend STA school or student.  

Brophy Foundation

YES YES, after need is met Apply Feb 1 - May 15: fee is $17.50
Apply after May 15: fee is $35
YES Can recommend STA school.  

Arizona Private School Education Fund

YES YES No, you apply each month. NO Can recommend STA school or student.  

School Choice
AZ

YES YES NO NO Can recommend STA school.  

Arizona School
Choice Trust

YES  No, must meet income guideline. Opens Jan 15. First-come, first-served basis. $30 Can recommend STA school. ASCT awards to corp eligible students only.

Institute for
Better Education

YES YES Opens in January.
Apps due May 1.
NO Can recommend STA school or student.  

TOPS For
Kids

YES YES Varies depending on the award. NO Can recommend STA school or student.  

Arizona Leadership Foundation

YES NO, must meet income guideline. Opens in Spring.
Apps due by June 15.
NO Can recommend STA school.  
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