LCA Offers Tuition Assistance
A Catholic education is a significant investment in your child’s future. At Lakewood Catholic Academy, we are thankful for the generosity of our friends and benefactors who help us make an LCA education possible for so many students. Each year, LCA grants close to $100,000 in tuition assistance to families in need. Other sources of tuition assistance include Diocesan Tuition Assistance (DTA), the Angel Scholarship Fund, and the Ohio Department of Education (state scholarship programs). Tuition assistance is available for students in grades K-8.
How to Apply
LCA uses the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to assess a family’s financial need. If you are a current LCA family using FACTS to make tuition payments, you may complete the FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment from within your existing FACTS account. Click here to login to your existing account, or to create a new one. Prospective families may also use this link to create an account to complete the application for tuition assistance.
The priority deadline for applying for assistance is March 1. While applications will be accepted until May 15, it is possible that the available pool of funds will be fully allocated to those who filed by the March 1 deadline. Families are strongly urged to file by March 1.
Families with a completed application for tuition assistance on file by March 1 will receive notification by the end of May about any assistance they may have been granted from the Diocese of Cleveland and/or LCA.
Angel Scholarship Fund
A new Ohio state tax credit now allows taxpayers to defer up to $1,500 of their annual state tax liability to a scholarship granting organization. We are grateful to the many friends of LCA who have contributed generously to this fund. To be considered for tuition assistance from this fund, click here to complete an application and return it to LCA by April 15. In order to qualify for assistance from the Angel Scholarship Fund, families must also have completed a FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment by March 1.
LCA is a provider of the Ohio Department of Education Cleveland, EdChoice, and EdChoice Expansion Scholarship programs. Families who wish to apply for one of these state scholarships must first be accepted for admission and registered to attend LCA. Contact the Office of Advancement with questions, or to receive application materials.
All families who reside within the boundaries of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District may apply for the Cleveland Scholarship, currently worth $6,165 per student, per year.
EdChoice Expansion Scholarship
All families who reside outside the boundaries of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District may apply for the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship, currently worth between $650 and $6,165 per student, per year, based on adjusted gross income (AGI) and household size. To view potential scholarship amounts, please visit our Guide to the EdChoice Scholarship Program.
529 Savings Plan
Funds in a 529 savings plan may be used for up to $10,000 in tuition at a K-12 private or religious school. Click here to learn more or contact the Business Office at 216-521-0559 ext. 3025. Click here to learn more.
Tuition Assistance Timeline
A variety of tuition assistance opportunities are available from LCA and the Diocese of Cleveland. This timeline is meant to help you keep track of deadlines that occur throughout the spring. Click here to download a copy to have on hand for reference.
Tuition for the 2024-25 School Year
At LCA, we follow a three-tiered tuition model for students in grades K-8. Tuition for the 2024-25 school year is as follows:
- Tier 1: $6,430
- Tier 2: $7,830
- Tier 3: $8,600
Families qualify for Tier 1 tuition if they are parishioners in good standing at one of the four Lakewood parishes that provide LCA with partial financial support (Saint Clement, Saint James, Saint Luke, and Transfiguration).
Families qualify for Tier 2 tuition if they are parishioners in good standing at Catholic parishes that do not contribute to LCA (parishes other than Saint Clement, Saint James, Saint Luke, and Transfiguration).
Families who do not belong to a Catholic parish pay Tier 3 tuition.
Fees and General Information
- Families pay a non-refundable registration fee of $200 per child whether they are re-enrolling or enrolling for the first time.
- A 2% discount is applied to a family’s tuition balance when it is paid in-full by July 10, 2024.
- There is no fee for paying tuition in full with a check or cash. However, enrollment in FACTS Tuition Management and payment of an administrative fee is required if choosing to pay tuition in one of the following ways:
- In full with a credit/debit card ($25 fee, plus a credit/debit card convenience fee)
- In two semiannual payments ($25 fee)
- In four quarterly payments ($55 fee)
- In 10 monthly payments ($55 fee)
- No registration is considered complete until all tuition and fees from the prior school year are paid in-full.
PLEASE NOTE: Tuition rates are charged for one school year of education. Calamity days or special schedules may result in a varying number of actual instruction days from year-to-year among programs. No adjustments will be made to the quoted annual rates for such variations.