To be eligible, applications must be completed in their entirety, with deadlines strictly enforced.
Diocese of St. Petersburg Tuition Assistance
The Catholic School Tuition Aid Grant (CSTAG) award is the only grant given by the Diocese to aid families with school tuition costs. CSTAG is available to all Catholic students K-12 who are registered at, or have submitted an enrollment application to an (inter)parish or diocesan Catholic elementary or high school in the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Families must have FACTS Calculated Need to be eligible for tuition assistance. There is a $30 application fee for CSTAG.
Parents are required to fill out a FACTS Grant and Aid application for the each new school year. Application Enrollment opens November 1, 2021 and ALL documents must be uploaded to FACTS no later than April 15, 2022. Families will be notified by email from a Diocesan Representative regarding awards in mid to late June. An application is considered complete when FACTS Grant and Aid has received the application and all supporting documentation required for evaluation. Below is the link to fill out a FACTS application form.
Please Note: Generally, the documents needed for uploading is your 2020 W-2 and your 2020 Tax return. If you are self-employed other documents may be required from FACTS.
Click HERE to fill out a FACTS application
Note: An active FACTS account is required for all families.
More Information on CSTAG
Step Up for Students
The program provides FTC, FES-EO, and FES-UA Scholarships for K-12. Last year, the income based scholarship program was able to award approximately $7000 per student to help pay for tuition and fees. Eligibility is based on the number of people per household and levels of gross monthly income. You can find more information at Step Up for Students Information
Step Up for Students Flyer (English) Step Up for Students Flyer (Spanish)
AAA Scholarship Foundation
AAA Scholarship Foundation (AAA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and state approved Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) that exclusively serves eligible low-income children through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Families can apply for assistance through this program, however it cannot be combined with SUFS. You will need to upload financial documents and birth certificates for all minors in the household. For more information, visit: AAA Scholarship Information.
Current McKay Scholarship Families should contact the Florida Department of Education if they have questions concerning their scholarship.
The McKay Scholarship will cease to exist on June 30, 2022. It is transitioning to the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities (FES-UA) which will be handled by one of two Scholarship Funding Organizations, AAA or Step Up For Students.
Current McKay Scholarship students will not need to requalify to participate in the FES-UA, but families will need to select a Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO) which will work with them to administer their child’s scholarship. Once an SFO is chosen, the family will be required to indicate their intent to continue using the FES-UA (formerly McKay) scholarship.
For additional information regarding the McKay Scholarship and its transition to the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities, please contact any of the following:
Main Line: (850) 245-0502
TOLL FREE HOTLINE: (800) 447-1636
AAA Scholarship Foundation
Step Up for Students (SUFS)
Gardiner Scholarship Program
The Gardiner Scholarship Program is now either SUFS FES-UA or AAA FES-UA
AAA FES-UA SUFS FES-UA
Mary C. Forbes Tuition Assistance Grant
The Mary C. Forbes Foundation is an independent, private organization established to provide financial assistance, based on need or hardship, to Catholic students currently enrolled in Catholic schools within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The application for the Forbes Foundation grant can be found online at Mary C. Forbes Foundation. Parents can fill out and submit their application completely online. The application period opens January 1. The deadline to apply for the following school year is April 30 of the current year.
Bishop McLaughlin Managed Scholarships
Bishop McLaughlin administers several privately-funded scholarships. Those include the Test Topper Scholarship, the Hurricane Scholarship, the Alessandra Augello Memorial Endowed Scholarship, the Prada Family Leadership Scholarship, and the Musca Foundation Scholarship.
BMCHS Managed Scholarships
Your Tuition Solution
This independent company will finance tuition, less any financial aid; the interest rates charged by this company are fixed. This company does not require down payments, offers unsecured loans and allows monthly payments. For additional information, visit Your Tuition Solution
We encourage families to seek out other sources of financial aid. Additional potential sources of assistance for our students are through the generosity of the area parishes, Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent DePaul Society. Please contact these organizations directly for further information.
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School values each family and understands that circumstances are different and may require individual attention. Please contact the Admissions Office with any inquiries.