Tuition & Assistance

Tuition

An investment in faith-based education means an investment in your child’s future. The Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools (GRCSS) are committed to providing the highest quality Catholic education to families who desire this for their children.


The information below is a guide to both the tuition rate for 2018-2019 as well as the tuition assistance options that are available. Tuition contracts for the school year are sent out during the first week of February after Parish Support and Grants & Scholarships have been awarded. Families of three or more students are encouraged to contact your school Principal or the Business Office to set a tuition rate that is manageable for your family.

Tuition: $10,270

Technology Fee: $175
Each student at West Catholic is provided with an iPad as an educational resource and tool to enhance learning. The technology fee helps to offset the device, network, security and personnel costs associated with this program.

Registration Fee:  $150 
There is a non-refundable Registration Fee for all families with students in 9th through 12th grade. Additional detailed information regarding the GRCSS tuition payment policy is located on the tuition contract.

Tuition Assistance

It is our goal to make a West Catholic education a reality for every student. We offer several options to assist with financing each student's education.

There is no substitute for a quality Catholic school education. As a result, parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids support the ministry of Catholic schools through a high level of financial investment in the Catholic schools that serve the children of registered and active parishioner families, even if their parish does not have its own school.

This significant financial support is contributed by the family’s parish directly to the Catholic parish/school so that parishioner families can receive the “in-parish tuition rate.” This parish support is a substantial benefit to families by making them eligible to receive the parishioner rate of tuition rather than the higher non-parishioner rate. 

See the Parish Support Form below for details.

*Please contact your Parish Office to find out if your family qualifies for parish support toward your high school tuition. Each parish may have different guidelines for qualification.

Families must apply for SmartAid if they wish to be considered for tuition assistance or scholarships. 

SmartAid is an aid application service that helps parents streamline and submit their financial aid applications. The program collects relevant data and documents, identifies available grants and scholarships, expedites the review of materials and awards aid directly to accounts.  

To get started with SmartAid, read the linked instructions below, create an account and login to begin.

Be sure to submit all required supporting documentation when applying. Applications submitted without documentation will not be processed by SmartAid. Also, please save a copy of your SMARTAid application and supporting documents for your records.  

Questions about any step in this process?Questions for SmartAid?
Contact:
Todd Peters
(616) 233-5920
 
Contact:
SmartAid
(800) 360-8027
 


*Do not send SMARTAid Applications to the Catholic Schools Business Office.

The Bishop’s Fund for Catholic Education is an endowed fund within the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan which provides tuition assistance for students attending a diocesan Catholic school. Parents are asked to fill out a SmartAid form which is used to determine who qualifies for tuition assistance through the Bishop’s Fund. Applications are available through the Business Office or the West Catholic Main Office.

One in four families receive tuition grants through the Bishop's Fund. Information about applying for SmartAid can be found in the tab above this section along with necessary forms. Only one form per family is required regardless of how many children you have within the K-12 Catholic schools.  

When applying for tuition assistance, family need, academic standing and discipline records are all considered. Need is determined by an evaluation of an applicant’s tax returns, information provided on the application form and the Letter of Special Circumstances. Students must also possess a passing cumulative GPA along with a satisfactory discipline record.

*All active/registered parishioners who apply for SmartAid will be automatically considered for the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. (Please be sure to indicate your Parish Code and School Code on the SmartAid form.)

West Catholic School Code:  13306

    Families of West Catholic students can apply to a variety of scholarships. A large number of named scholarships are available for students that meet the necessary requirements.

    General Criteria for Scholarships

    • Most scholarships have financial need as a requirement. In order to be eligible for those named scholarships, families must complete the SmartAid form provided by West Catholic.
    • The scholarship selection committee shall be comprised of the principal of West Catholic High School, the comptroller of the Catholic Secondary Schools and other administrative faculty members.
    • All scholarships are awarded directly to the student’s tuition account.

    You may complete a Letter of Special Circumstances, if applicable, and send it directly to the CSS Business office along with the scholarship application. These may be sent in for consideration of SmartAid awards for tuition and scholarships.  

    A complete list of all scholarship opportunities are listed below:

    Scholarship Criteria:

    This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomore and junior students.

    • Financial need is a primary consideration in awarding this scholarship. If financial need persists and the family states its financial case in the annual application process, this scholarship can be used by the same student for tuition assistance for all four years.
    • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
    • Applicants must be registered members of a parish within the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
    • Applicants must complete 15 hours of community or church service on an annual basis.
    • Applicants must be of good character and have demonstrated consistent respect for authority.

    To Apply:

    • Applicants must provide proof of their GPA in the form of their previous year's report card or a letter from the school.
    • Proof of parish registration must accompany the scholarship application.
    • Documentation of community/church service from the agency where the service was performed must be included.
    • Two letters from teachers, parish priests, neighbors, etc. explaining why they feel the student should be considered for a scholarship must accompany the application.

    Scholarship and grant award notifications will be mailed in the beginning of February.

    You may download an application for these scholarships by clicking on the coordinating scholarship application for each section. You may also contact the West Catholic High School Office at (616) 233-5900 to receive a copy by mail.

    The Catholic Schools of Grand Rapids participate in the Scrip program. Scrip allows families to shop with gift cards in everyday situations to make purchases at grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and more with a percentage of each gift card purchased contributing directly to your school tuition. 

    Credits from partner schools may be applied to secondary school tuition. Families must notify their Scrip coordinators of their Catholic Schools tuition account number and request that credits be applied to their high school tuition.

    Your high school tuition account may be opened before your child attends high school if you wish to get a jump start on building credits toward your high school tuition. Please contact the business office to set up an account at (616) 233-5981.

    Contact

    Todd Peters
    Admissions Director
    (616) 233-5920