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Scholarship Applications

The Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO ) encourages all parents of students enrolled in one of the 26Catholic schools in grades K-12 throughout the Diocese of Tucson to apply to CTSO for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is first awarded upon financial need.

If your child attends a public school and you are considering a Catholic school, please inquire about CTSO tuition assistance at the Catholic school where you wish to enroll your child.

Guidelines for scholarships are based upon:

  • financial need, and
  • satisfactory academic progress and behavior

Under the Centralized Scholarship Program, financial need will be determined by third-party evaluator, FAIR, Inc. Parents will need to apply throgh FAIR for a CTSO Scholarship and the cost to complete an application is $24.00. Each family will need to complete only one application regardless of how many children or how many schools are attended for each academic year.

FAIR applications can be completed online at FAIR (Financial Aid Independent Review) and use School Code: 800 and password: ctso800. Once the application has been submitted, supporting financial documents or an Income Verfication Form will need to be sent by fax or mail before the application is considered complete and ready for evaluation.

FAIR applications can also be submitted by mail. Paper Applications are available at each catholic school in the Diocese of Tucson or one can be requested to be sent by mail at 838-2558. Mailed in applications will need to include supporting financial documents or an Income Verfication Form and the $24.00 payment before the application is considered complete and ready for evaluation.

Additional/Emergency Scholarship Funds

Applications for Emergency Funds will be accepted beginning October 1, 2016. Families who apply for Emergency Funds between October 1, 2016 and January 27, 2017 must first complete the FAIR application. An Emergency Funds Application which includes a statement of need due to an unforeseen event that has resulted in financial hardship must be submitted to CTSO by the following dates: October 1, 2016 and January 27, 2017.

Families who apply after January 27, 2017 and who have not completed a FAIR application must complete an Emergency Funds Application along with a statement of need and an Income Verification Form no later than April 28, 2017.

Please see the Referral Program section of this website to learn what you can do to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to you by clicking the blue Referral Program tab above.

Eligibility for Disabled/Displaced Scholarships from CTSO:

Eligibility for Disabled/Displaced Scholarships from CTSO: Applications will be accepted for the 2016-2017 school year as follows:

Due to the increased number of applications, NO NEW APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED after July 20, 2016. Please check back later. Thank you.

Families intrested in receiving educational scholarships from Corporate Tax Credit funds for Disabled or Displaced students must complete an Application for D/D Funds, an Income Verification Form, and submit either an IEP, a MET or a 504 Plan at the time of application. If the child has been in Arizona's DES Foster Care program, a family must also submit a signed Permission to Verify DES Foster Care Form. If an applicant has received Corporate Tax Credit funds for Disabled or Displaced students in a previous year from another certified School Tuition Organization within the State of Arizona, the applicant must also submit a completed Previous Scholarship Verification Form. Applications will be considered only after all required documentation has been received by CTSO.

Funds must be disbursed to any private school within the State of Arizona for eligible students.

A qualified disabled/displaced student is a student who has been either:

  • Identified as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or identified by a school district as a child with a disability as defined in Arizona Revised Statues (A.R.S.) Sec. 15-761 or a child with a disability who is eligible to receive services from a school district under A.R.S. Sec. 15-763, or a child who has been 
  • Placed in foster care in Arizona pursuant to A.R.S. Title 8, Chapter 5 at any time before the student graduates from high school or obtains a general equivalency diploma.