MACS Financial Aid Resources
Tuition Assistance Additional Information
Funds for the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS) needs based Tuition Assistance program are provided by the Parishes in the Charlotte Vicariate.
Funds are reserved for tuition costs and include Capital fees. They do not include instructional, transportation, activity, or graduation fees.
Grants do not cover the entire tuition cost. Families with registered full-time students in grades TK-12th grade are eligible to apply for tuition assistance.
The percentage of tuition assistance granted to families varies each year depending on the amount of documented need and the amount of funds available. Not all families who apply for tuition assistance qualify.
How to apply for MACS Tuition Assistance.
Other Financial Aid Opportunities
North Carolina offers two scholarship programs that help families afford our schools. Funds for these programs are limited, so new applicants are entered into a lottery where they have an equal chance of being selected. Families may apply to more than one program, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements of each.
Initially a need-based program, the North Carolina legislature voted to expand the program significantly so that all North Carolina families are eligible to apply for the 2024-2025 school year. What does this mean for our families?
· There are no changes for families who already have the scholarship. They will be able to renew it in the same way they have in previous years.
· There is no longer an income requirement to qualify for the scholarship. However, the number of scholarship levels will be expanded, so that a family’s income will determine the amount of the scholarship a student receives. The income and corresponding scholarship levels are anticipated to be published in January 2024.
· Students in the 3rd grade and higher will no longer be required to have attended a North Carolina public school within the past year. This means that families whose students have been enrolled in a private school may now apply.
· Applications for the 2024-2025 school year open on February 1, 2024.
Applications Closed for 2023-2024
Applications Open for 2024-2025 on
February 1st, 2024
Suitable for: parents who qualify based on income
Suitable for: parents of students with disabilities*
These two programs are available to meet the needs of students with disabilities: The Disabilities Grant and the Education Savings Account Program (ESA). Funds can be used to pay school tuition, as well as expenses such as speech therapy, tutoring services, and educational technology for families who home school their students.
*Student must have a North Carolina Individualized Education Program (IEP) dated within the last three years.
To learn more about these opportunities, please visit www.ncseaa.edu/k12 or click the corresponding buttons.
NCSEAA is not affiliated or administered by MACS.
MACS Financial Aid FAQs
Tuition assistance is available for MACS families who are registered in one of the Mecklenburg Area
Catholic Schools and have shown a demonstrated need.
Tuition assistance may cover a portion of tuition and capital fees.
Applications for 2023-24 are online here.
Returning families will log in and new families will create a new account.
Answer all of the application questions and submit the $30 fee to FACTS (non-refundable).
Upload the requested documents. All requested tax documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be reviewed.
For 2023-24 applicants:
Applications will begin to be reviewed in March 2023
Email determinations will be sent within 2 weeks of FACTS marking TA application complete.
When can I apply? Is there a deadline?Applications for the upcoming school year open on December 1st and will remain open as long as funding is available. We recommend submitting a completed FIT application for returning students by April 30th each year and new students during the admissions process.
What information is needed to apply for FIT?FACTS will collect documentation such as W2's and tax returns from each applicant. Should you wish to receive your FIT rate before enrolling, please plan accordingly to have your taxes filed prior to applying. If additional documentation is needed, FACTS and/or MACS will notify you via email.
When can I expect a response on my FIT application?Once an application is complete, FACTS will process the application, which can take 2-4 weeks. Once FACTS has processed the application, it then be reviewed by MACS and determinations will be sent via email. Please note that a student must be accepted to a MACS school in order to receive a FIT determination.
How is FIT determined?Determinations are based on a family's demonstrated need and considers a family's income, certain assets and expenses, MACS full tuition rates, and the availability of funds for FIT. Before determinations are emailed to families, applications are reviewed by the MACS tuition assistance committee to consider special circumstances. While we strive to help as many families as possible, not all families will qualify for reduced tuition through FIT.
I have additional questions about FIT. Who can I contact?Please contact the MACS Business Office team - we'd be happy to help! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (704) 370-3265
Does FIT cover 100% of tuition? Are there fees not covered by FIT?FIT is designed to offer families a tuition rate that matches their individual circumstances. Although we strive to meet a family's need as much as possible, all families contribute an amount toward tuition. In addition, application fees, registration fees, FACTS fees, and optional items such as band, transportation, and the After-School Enrichment Program are not eligible for FIT rates.
Do I need to reapply for FIT each year?Yes, as circumstances change from year to year, such as a family's household size or income, as well as the amount of funds available for FIT, families will need to submit an application each year.
How is my FIT rate billing handled?Mecklenburg Area Catholic schools offers several different payment plans, including monthly payment options and families utilize FACTS Tuition Management for automatic payments. More information on this is included in your enrollment email. Families may also be eligible to use funds from their child's 529 plan for MACS K-12 tuition. Please contact us or your 529 Plan Administrator for more information.