The Franciscan School
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The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi


Tuition Assistance

As a ministry of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi, the parish makes a strong commitment to need-based financial aid at TFS, with the hope that no deserving student is denied this educational opportunity because of limited means. Indeed, TFS was founded in 2000 with a commitment to making a Franciscan School education available to all students regardless of family financial means. In the 2017-18 academic year, over $325,000.00 in financial aid was awarded.

Should tuition costs, changing family circumstances, or the enrollment of a second or third child at TFS strain the monthly budget beyond its limit, parents should ask the Head of Admissions, Lura Tysiac at, or the Bookkeeper, Donna Sincock at, for FACTS information that will guide them through an online tuition assistance application process.

The TFS need-based tuition assistance application process is straightforward and uncomplicated, and is not at all unlike completing a Federal tax form. After entering such items as income, assets, indebtedness, and unusual financial circumstances, FACTS criteria will develop an “adjusted effective income” on which they will calculate a family’s “discretionary income available for education”.

One of the most important aspects of our tuition assistance program is that it provides a “safety net” for all of our families and students, assuring that whatever happens through job loss, divorce, death of a parent, or career change that TFS will be a port in the storm by helping families through difficult times, providing continuity and consistency for our children at a time when the last thing a family or child needs to worry about is a school change.

These tuition assistance resources come from three sources: a dedicated St. Francis of Assisi parish tithe, from endowed funds set up at the School’s founding solely for this purpose, and the Diocese of Raleigh’s God’s Work our Challenge endeavor. We are grateful for this commitment that allowed us to respond to each request.

Additional Scholarship & Tuition Assistance:

  • North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship and Disabilities Grant Programs: The Franciscan School is a participant in these programs. For more information regarding these programs, please visit Opportunity Scholarships.  The Opportunity Scholarship Program expands school choice in North Carolina through scholarship grants for eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade. This program provides funding of up to $4,200 per year for eligible children who choose to attend a participating nonpublic school.The open application period for the Opportunity Scholarship is February 1 through March 1.  The open application period guidelines are strictly adhered to, so any applications received outside of the open application period will not be considered.


  • The Diocese of Raleigh Office of African Ancestry Ministry & Evangelization (AAMEN) and Native American Catholic Community:  Over the years, the AAMEN office has provided funds to the Catholic Schools of the Diocese. The funds for the awards come from the Black & Indian Missions grant awarded to the AAMEN office. For more information on how to apply, please visit Diocese of Raleigh.  Choose the item “Tuition Assistance Application for K-12 Catholic Schools”.  Contact Mrs. Lauren Green at for further information on the African American scholarship.  The open application period for the scholarship is January 28 – March 18.