Tuition costs at Muskegon Catholic Central vary by grade level, parish membership and number of enrolled students in a family. Tuition payments can be paid in full by the start of school in August or in quarterly or monthly payment via ACH through SMART TUITION.
Muskegon Catholic Central is committed to providing excellence in Catholic faith formation and academics at an affordable cost. It is our hope that every students who wants to attend Muskegon Catholic Central will be able to do so. Thanks to the generosity of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, members of the our Catholic Community and the Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation, there are many opportunities for Scholarships and tuition assistance.
Change to SMART AID
For many years, the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Muskegon Catholic Central have utilized Private School Aid Service (PSAS) to provide the impartial needs assessment necessary in the process of awarding Scholarships and tuition assistance. Due to the purchase of PSAS by another vendor this summer, they are unable to deliver the PSAS product. The Diocese of Grand Rapids and Muskegon Catholic Central have decided to transition to SMART AID, a division of SMART TUITION, to provide the needs assessment for all Scholarship and tuition assistance awards for the 2017-2018 school year. To access the SMART AID online application and instruction for parents please click on the appropriate link. When entering information you will be asked for Muskegon Catholic Central’s School Code, which is 12576.
Academic Leadership Scholarships
Prospective students (new students enrolling at Muskegon Catholic Central) entering middle or high school who have exhibited academic excellence (a 3.0 GPA or higher), leadership skills and community involvement may apply for an Academic Leadership Scholarship.
Up to eight of Academic Leadership Scholarships are awarded to new middle and high school students who have demonstrated excellent academic, performance, service to others, and outstanding character. The yearly award is $2000 for 4 years with a maximum of $8,000.
Please complete the Academic Leadership Scholarship Form and return it to the Muskegon Catholic Central Business Office.
MCEF Scholarship Funds
A family’s need for financial aid is determined each year by the Muskegon Catholic Central Scholarship Committee. The committees utilizes key information supplied by SMART AID. The report generated by SMART AID provides the committee with a calculated “need” per family by considering factors such as family size, income and expenses, and assets and liabilities. All families interested in applying for financial aid are encouraged to complete and submit the SMART AID online application as early as possible. All aid is awarded on a first come first served basis. Please call the Muskegon Catholic Business Office at 231.755.2201, x 3400 with questions. We are interested in providing any assistance needed in completing the SMART AID online application.
Please note - MUSKEGON CATHOLIC CENTRAL WILL CONTINUE TO COVER ALL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SMART AID APPLICATION FOR ALL CRUSADER FAMILIES.
Aid available through the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Under the direction of Bishop David Walkowiak, the Diocese of Grand Rapids offers Welcome and Bishop’s Scholarships to parishioners who are enrolling students in a Catholic School in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
The Welcome Scholarship is for new families who are registered parishioners in a Diocese of Grand Rapids parish, but whose children were not enrolled in a Diocese of Grand Rapids Catholic school for any period of time during the 2016-2017 school year. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $1,000 dependent on grade level. The Welcome Scholarship application is filled out by the parent and sent to the Diocese of Grand Rapids directly.
Bishop’s Scholarship is awarded based on demonstrated need. Families interested in applying must complete and submit the SMART AID online application by DECEMBER 21, 2016 to be eligible for a 2017-2018 award.
Parish Family Voucher
Many parishes offer a designated amount of support for their students enrolled at Muskegon Catholic Central. Click here for a Family Voucher Form you can complete and take to your parish to be signed by your pastor or parish delegate. Individual Parishes may have specific timelines for this process, typically between the months of March-May. Once the family and the Pastor meet, the voucher is signed and returned to the MCC Business Office for credit to your tuition invoice.
Crusader Cash is a Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation Fund that allows enrolled and active Crusader Cash families to earn rewards used to offset their tuition. Opportunities to EARN include purchasing SCRIP, collecting Box Tops for education, participating in Upromise and more. Families will also have opportunities to win rewards for participating in EARN programs and by volunteering.
SCRIP is a term that means 'substitute money'. When you purchase SCRIP, you are purchasing negotiable gift certificates and prepaid cards that are used just like cash. SCRIP can be used to pay for everyday items such as food, clothing and other essentials. With every purchase you earn dollars to be used to help pay the next year's tuition. And since you pay face value for SCRIP, these earnings come at no additional cost to you.
Muskegon Catholic Central families have the opportunity to budget their tuition payments on a variety of payment plans through SMART TUITION. Click here for SMART TUITION information and instructions.
Preschool to Free-School Grant
In order to promote our preschool elementary programs, Muskegon Catholic Central offers a Preschool to Free-School Grant. Any tuition dollars paid to attend the MCC Preschool Program in the one year prior to entering Kindergarten, will be received as a credit on the tuition invoice for Kindergarten and 1st grade. The credit will be split evenly between the two years.
Muskegon Catholic Central Scholarship/Tuition Assistance Awarding Deadlines
|Submit Completed SMART Aid App||Targeted Award Date|
|December 21, 2016||February 15, 2017|
|Through February 1, 2017||March 1, 2017|
|Through March 1, 2017||April 1, 2017|
|Through April 1, 2017||May 1, 2017|
|Through May 1, 2017||June 1, 2017|
Future dates will be determined as needed.