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Financial Aid and Affordability

Financial Aid

Aid dollars come in the form of Indiana School Choice Scholarships, commonly called vouchers, grants from our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), and direct parish aid. All aid is based on income, as reported on annual tax returns, but please know that it is critical to our mission to work with each family, and that we support families of all income levels in attending our school. To apply for any source of aid, a family begins by providing their most recent tax return, specifically the first two pages of their most recent federal 1040 form, to Mrs. Lisa Castleman, School Family Support Coordinator, via email at lisa.castleman@sjnewhaven.og or at 749-9903, ext. 302. She is a great resource for us and works to help all families with the process of receiving aid. Once you've forwarded those tax pages to Mrs. Castleman, she will guide you through the remaining steps. Depending on which source(s) of aid you are seeking, a further application, may be required. Mrs. Castleman will make that very clear, and she is more than happy assist all families in this process.


The following gives more information on how each source of aid works.


School Choice Scholarships

The State of Indiana has invested in children and families by offering them the ability to use their tax dollars to choose the school of best fit for their child. School Choice Scholarships, commonly called vouchers, are called this because the credit the state pays to St. John comes from a voucher credited to your child, based on your payment of taxes. The state sets guidelines for how much can be awarded. Here’s how it works. First, the school district in which a school resides determines, in its own internal operations, its cost of education per child. For St. John’s, our district is East Allen County Schools. While 18-19 figures are not yet available, the East Allen County 17-18 cost per child was calculated at $6,020. From this figure, the State then sets income guidelines, based on family size, that allows either a 90% or 50% scholarship. For the 90% scholarship, this means 90% of (for 17-18) $6,020, or $5,418. For the 50% scholarship, this means 50% of (for 17-18) $6,020, or $3,010. Here are the income guidelines from 18-19:


2019-2020 School Year


100% of Reduced

Lunch Eligibility 

150% of Reduced

Lunch Eligibility 

200% of Reduced

Lunch Eligibility 

Persons in household

Annual household income limit for a 90% Choice Scholarship (approx. $5,600/child or parishioner tuition, whichever applies)

Household income limit for a 50% Choice Scholarship*** (approx. $3,100/child applied to tuition)

Household income limit for an SGO grant (approx. $500/child or more, reviewed internally)









































***Families currently enrolled who already receive a voucher in 2017-2018 can qualify for 50% vouchers with a higher income than those shown above – please call the school for more information.

♦Families with more than 10 persons in a household have higher income limits than those shown above – please call the school for more information.



In addition, the State requires “pathways” of eligibility. Ultimately, any child in grade 1-8 whose family meets the income guidelines can qualify for a Choice Scholarship. Some kindergarten students can also qualify. Below are the most common ways your child could qualify, assuming your family meets the income guidelines above:

           -your child is transferring here from previously attending an Indiana public school

-you already have an older child receiving a Choice Scholarship and are enrolling their younger sibling(s)

-your child is the oldest sibling and never went to Indiana public school, but received an SGO Scholarship in a prior year

-SGOs refer to Scholarship Granting Organizations, and these scholarships are available to any child in grades K-8, based on family income/size. A family’s oldest child in kindergarten could receive one and then be eligible for Choice Scholarship in grades 1-8). See below for more information about what SGOs are and how they work.  



An SGO stands for a Scholarship Granting Organization. These have been authorized by the State of Indiana, and they allow donors to fund scholarships which individual schools can then give out. St. John’s is especially grateful to our donors who fund these for us—without their love and support—this source of aid would not exist for us. The school maintains a reserve of donated SGO funds that can be awarded by the pastor and school administration. To qualify, families must fall within income guidelines set by the state, but these are noticeably above the School Choice income limits. Please see the table just above for the income guidelines.


SGO award amounts can vary, but are not to be lower than $500 per year. To apply, a family would begin with the same steps described above under Choice Scholarship. This means simply working with Mrs. Castleman to provide your most recent tax return (specifically the first two pages of your federal 1040 form). Our Diocese does require families to provide some further information into FACTS to qualify for an SGO, and Mrs. Castleman would walk you through these steps after receiving your 1040 pages (tax return).


Parish Aid

Although the State of Indiana and our many donors who support SGOs are incredibly generous to school children in our state, some families do find that their income falls outside the SGO or voucher parameters but still cannot afford full tuition, or their child(ren) may be in a grade that does not allow vouchers or SGO grants, which is mainly Pre-K  (kindergarten always allows for the possibility of an SGO grant for the oldest child and vouchers for younger siblings). To apply, you would still submit your tax return to Mrs. Castleman, as described above, and our pastor and administration would determine eligibility and set actual award statuses/amounts.