Tuition Assistance

The Archdiocese of Washington works hard to keep Catholic education as affordable as possible. The Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program is available for students in grades PreK-12 who are applying to or currently enrolled in Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Washington (Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland).

All tuition assistance obtained through the archdiocese is based on financial need. Families must apply each year to receive assistance and need must be demonstrated each year to qualify. Applying for tuition aid has no bearing on whether a student is admitted to a school.

To apply for tuition assistance from the Archdiocese of Washington for the 2018 – 2019  school year, please click on the appropriate TADS link below.

The deadline date to apply for Archdiocesan tuition assistance for the 2018 – 2019 school year is Friday, December 1, 2017.

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FitzGerald Program

The FitzGerald Program offers tuition assistance to 9th-12th grade Catholic or non-Catholic students applying to a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Washington or to students currently enrolled in a Catholic high school in the archdiocese. Students must demonstrate financial need and show promise as future leaders for our Church and society. This award honors students who have proven leadership characteristics that the Catholic Church and Catholic schools wish to foster.

The open application period for the 2018 – 2019 FitzGerald Program begins Monday, October 2, 2017.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, December 1, 2017.  Click here to download an application form.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Manager for Funding & Enrollment at [email protected]

Mother Catherine Spalding School Legacy Scholarship
The Mother Catherine Spalding School Legacy Scholarship is made possible through the Mother Catherine Spalding School Endowment and the generosity of the five parishes that were associated with Mother Catherine Spalding School to support those parishioners who choose to send their child to a local Catholic elementary school.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Must be an active registered parishioner of one of the following Catholic parishes: St. Joseph (Morganza), Our Lady of the Wayside (Chaptico), Immaculate Conception (Mechanicsville), Holy Angels (Avenue), Sacred Heart (Bushwood).
  2. Scholarship awards may be used to attend a local Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of Washington.
  3. Scholarship awards are one-time; applicants must reapply annually to determine scholarship eligibility.
  4. Scholarship awards are based on demonstrated financial need.

To apply for the Mother Catherine Spalding School Legacy Scholarship, please click here.

Please note, if you previously submitted a TADS financial aid application to be considered for Archdiocesan tuition assistance for the 2018– 2019 school year, and would like to apply for the Mother Catherine Spalding School Legacy Scholarship, please contact TADS at 1.800.477.8237 to make TADS aware that you would like to apply for this special scholarship.   

The following tuition assistance programs are available through other private organizations:

Catholic High School Tuition Assistance Programs and Scholarships
In addition to the Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program, high school students may also be eligible for tuition assistance and scholarships directly from Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese. Each Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Washington offers tuition assistance and scholarship programs for their students. Please visit the high school section of this website for more information. Catholic high schools have independent guidelines and application processes. For additional information about a particular Catholic high school’s tuition assistance and scholarship programs, please visit their website.

Black Student Fund (Grades PreK-12)

Latino Student Fund (Grades PreK-12)

Capital Partners for Education (Grades 9-12)

Horatio Alger College Scholarships (Grade 12)

The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program
The DC Opportunity Scholarship Program provides scholarships to low-income DC residents to attend a DC private school. Parents must be D.C. residents, have children 5 years old or older, and meet income thresholds or currently receive SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits. The program is administered by Serving Our Children. To learn more visit

For more information on tuition assistance, please call 301-853-5356.