11.12.14: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition aid to $1M
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting the amount of tuition assistance available for Catholic school students from $240,000 to $1 million.
Officials announced the increase Tuesday. Bishop David Walkowiak says he wants more young people to have access to a good education as well as guidance in leadership and integrity.
The diocese launched a three-year marketing campaign in 2013 to expand enrollment.
An aid agency the diocese uses says there has been $1.2 million in unmet need per year after distributing all available tuition assistance. Superintendent of Catholic schools David Faber says officials often hear the schools need to be more affordable.
The school system has about 5,600 students. The average tuition at Catholic Central and West Catholic high schools is about $7,500 before aid.