Tuition/Tuition Assistance

We understand that investing in a Catholic education for your child is an important financial decision. At Butler Catholic, we are committed to making this choice accessible to as many families as possible. The following is a review of the tuition at Butler Catholic as well as scholarships and financial aid available to you. We encourage you to contact Principal, Sister John Ann Mulhern, to discuss any financial concerns.  The cost to educate each child at Butler Catholic School is $7,629. The administration, Pastors Board and Advisory Board have worked hard to keep tuition well below the actual cost to educate. There is also a generous family discount to help accommodate families with more than one child.

Tuition Schedule 2018-2019

Kindergarten – 8th Grade
Tuition is paid in 12 monthly installments, July through June.

Tuition Plan Catholic Non-Catholic
Family Size 1 Child Second Child Third Child 1 Child
Annual Tuition $4,450 $2,150 $1,800 $5,950
Monthly Tuition Payment $364 $541 $710 $500
  • Tuition payments are payable over 12 months, July through June
  • Tuition payments are due on the first of the month.
  • If a payment will be late, you must notify the Office or a $25 late fee will be assessed.
  • If desired, tuition may be paid by placing a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) on file with the School Office. This option (if chosen) must be used for all tuition payments during the school year

Preschool
Preschool tuition is paid in 9 monthly installments, September through May.

Monthly Annually
3-year olds $135.00 $1215.00
4-year olds (half day) $147.00 $1,323.00
4-year olds (all day) $294.00 $2,646.00

In addition to tuition, there are additional financial commitments each year. They are as follows:

Registration Fee
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $125 per family in Grades K-8. If you have a child in Preschool and K-8, the Preschool registration is included in the $125. If you only have a child in Preschool, the nonrefundable registration fee is $35.

FUNDRAISING
Fundraising is a critical element of Butler Catholic’s operating budget. The Diocese of Pittsburgh expects every school to cover approximately 12% of their operating budget via fundraising.

TUITION REDUCTION FUNDRAISERS
Two fundraising programs are available to help families reduce their tuition costs: BC Bucks and Steelers Raffle.

Steelers Raffle

The Steeler Raffle contributes a significant portion to the annual operating budget, benefiting all Butler Catholic students. The raffle prize (season tickets) and printing costs are donated, making every ticket sold pure profit for the school

  • Each family must sell 20 Steelers raffle tickets for a BCS profit of $200. Sold raffle tickets and payment for any unsold tickets are due Tuesday September 4, 2018. 
  • If revenue from the raffle meets or exceeds $35,000, each family will receive a $50 tuition credit in December 2018.
  • Families will be notified in November 2018 if the $50 credit will be applied.
  • Participation in fundraising is not required for Preschool families.
    Note: If a family has a student in Preschool plus another student in K-8, the family commitment for service hours and fundraising participation is set at the K-8 level. There is not an additional commitment for Preschool.

BC Bucks

Families can reduce their tuition costs by participating in the BC Bucks gift card (Scrip) program. 50% of all rebates earned in the program are returned to the family as tuition credits. As a bonus for June 2018 only, families will receive 100% of rebates from BC Bucks purchases.

  • Rebates earned from June 1 through October 31st will be applied as a tuition credit in December 2018. Families will be notified in November 2018 of their tuition payment amount for December.
  • Rebates earned from November 1 through April 30th will be applied as a tuition credit in June 2019. Families will be notified in May 2019 of their tuition payment amount for June.
  • Beginning May 1, 2019, rebate credits will be applied to the 2019/2020 school year.
  • If rebate credits exceed the December tuition payment, the overage will be applied to the January 2019 tuition credit. If rebate credits exceed the June payment, the overage will be applied toward next year’s tuition.

If a family pays their tuition in full in July 2018, their rebate credit will be applied toward next year’s tuition, decreasing their total tuition cost for the 2019/2020 school year.

Service Hours (K-8 Families)
“When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love! And with the washing of the feet the Lord teaches us to be servants, and above all, servants as He was a servant to us, for every one of us.”   -Pope Francis

As Catholics, we are called to serve one another. This ethic of service is especially visible in our school community, as many of our programs including cafeteria, fundraisers, athletic programs, and student activities could not continue without significant volunteer hours. Butler Catholic families are asked to volunteer 40 hours of service to the school throughout the year.

  • Service Hours may be completed by any family member 16 years of age or older. Anyone over the age of 18 must have all Diocesan clearances
  • Service Hours must be recorded on the Service Hours log and returned to the office to receive credit.
  • The Coordinator/Chairperson of the event MUST sign the log before it is submitted.
  • Participation in service hours is not required for Preschool families.


Tuition Assistance
You have an important financial decision to make for your family. You must decide how to finance your child’s education at Butler Catholic School. The following is a brief summary of the tuition assistance programs available to you to help you afford this investment in your child. The Pastors and Principal at Butler Catholic School want to be a support to you in this process of financing your child’s tuition. We want to make sure that you have investigated and understand every option available to you. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 724-285-4276. Registration fees and tuition comprise 60% – 65% of the income for Butler Catholic School. Tuition assistance is available through the funds listed as well as a tuition credit program. Catholic rates are lower due to the Parish subsidy. You may inquire about a Parish subsidy from your own Parish and possibly reduce your amount of tuition. For the 2018-2019 school year, BCS families received over $120,000 in financial assistance.

2018-2019 Tuition Aid Application Process
Aid applications for the 2018-19 school year will be processed by FACTS Management. Families applying for tuition aid in Catholic schools within the Diocese of Pittsburgh may do so by using the Grant & Aid application online link.  The 2018-2019 amounts will be shown when received from the Commonwealth.

2017-2018 EITC/OSTC Income Maximums

# of Dependents

Maximum Income

1

93,178

2

108,708

3

124,238

4

139,768

5

155,298

**Add $15,530 for each additional dependent

Following aid funds will be available to families depending on their eligibility.

  • Bishop’s Education Fund (BEF): This grant program is for Catholic students in grades K-12 attending eligible schools and registered in eligible parishes. This form requires the Pastor’s signature.  This form will need to be signed by the pastor and uploaded to FACTS.
  • Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC): This grant program is for any student in grades Preschool to 12 (Catholic or Non-Catholic) attending any eligible Catholic school in the Diocese of Pittsburgh that meet maximum income levels.
  • Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC): This grant program is for families with students in grades K-12 who meet EITC income guidelines and reside within the attendance boundaries of low-achieving schools as determined by the Commonwealth.

The application fee for 2018-19 is $25.  The application deadline, is March 15, 2018.  If individual families have extenuating circumstances in meeting the deadline, we will be as flexible as possible in accommodating them.

After completing the online application, you will need to upload or fax all required supporting documentation.  For a detailed list of supporting documentation please read the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Program Information Flyer.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or call the school office at 724-285-4276.  All information needed to apply can also be found on the diocesan website.

Butler Area Assistance Programs

  • AmeriKohl Scholarship:  This fund will make limited monies available to current and prospective students/families of Butler Catholic School and also for Catholic high school education.  The fund is available to qualified families Catholic and non-Catholic families.Please contact the school office for an application.
  • Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund:  This fund will make limited monies available to current and prospective students/families of Butler Catholic School.  The fund is available to qualified Catholic and non-Catholic families.  Please contact the school office for an application.
  • Catholic Education Scholarship Fund:  This fund will make limited monies available to current and prospective students/families of Butler Catholic School and also for Catholic high school education.  The fund is available to qualified families who are members of St. Michael the Archangel, Saint Paul and St. Peter parishes.  For families who meet the needs criteria, it will make Catholic education even more affordable.  Please contact your pastor to inquire about eligibility.

One last thought to leave you with regarding an education at Butler Catholic School. Things that we purchase for our children come and go, but the gifts of quality academics, stimulating faith formation, and high self-esteem they receive at Butler Catholic School last a lifetime. We hope you give your child that gift!