Tuition Programs

Tuition Awards Program (TAP) provides $1,000 in assistance to PRE-K, $1000 to elementary school students and $2,000 to high school students. Parents of scholarship recipients must meet criteria at or below the Federal Income guidelines for poverty. Children are accepted into TAP regardless of ethnic or religious background.

"Save Our Students" (SOS) Program helps students who are considered most "at risk" and are in danger of dropping out of school due to extraordinary financial and family circumstances. SOS students may be foster children, live in shelters, have a parent who is incarcerated, or are victims of abuse or neglect. The SOS Program provides awards of $1,500 per child in elementary school and $2,500 per student in high school. Catholic schools provide access to a system of values and structure that helps these "at risk" students whose needs go far beyond financial assistance. Without assistance from the CEF, these children would most likely drop out of school entirely. "SOS" applicants must be recommended by their principal or pastor in order to apply.

Applications for the 2013-2014 school year are accepted during the three cycles below from participating Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:

Deadlines for Schools to Submit Applications:

  • Cycle 1: 8th Grade Student - September 2013-October 2013

  • Cycle 2: HS - November 2013-January 2014

  • Cycle 3: Elementary - January 2014-March 2014

  • $1,000 supports a TAP PRE-K child
  • $1,000 supports a TAP elementary child
  • $2,000 supports a TAP high school student
  • $1,500 supports an SOS elementary child
  • $2,500 supports an SOS high school student

How Do I Apply?

You apply for a CEF tuition award through your local participating Catholic school within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The participating Catholic school will give the family an application. The family completes the form and returns it to the school along with their proof of income. The schools will collect all the applications, review the documentation and proof of income, write a formal recommendation for each applicant, then mail all applications to CEF on or before the deadline of their respective cycle.

CEF accepts only those applications submitted by the school principals. All applications require a recommendation from the Catholic school principal or Parish Pastor. Schools will submit the applications to CEF after they review/verify income and write formal recommendation for each applicant. CEF will not accept applications submitted directly from students or families.

Each school has their own internal deadline. Please call your local Catholic high school to find out if they participate in our program and their due date to submit your forms and proof of income. The deadlines stated for each cycle are for the participating Catholic schools to submit their applications to CEF.