Financial Aid

There are many sources of financial aid available to families at St. Francis Schoool. Please note that some of these have strict deadlines. Financial aid forms are given out to all current familes in late January/early February when registration packets are sent home. New families may receive financial aid forms when they apply for admission to SFS. Click here for Financial Aid Directions 2024-2025

Diocese of Erie Financial Aid

The following sources of financial aid are available through the Diocese of Erie. These grants are awarded on the basis of financial need.

  • Star Foundation – Application can be found on  and can be completed online. Please be sure to upload all necessary financial documentation. There is a small fee for this application.  The deadline is April 15, 2024. Applicants must meet income and residency guidelines.
  • Bishop’s Tuition Assistance – This source of financial aid is included on the same application as the Star Foundation above and follows the same guidelines for fees and application due dates.
  • Read more about the diocesan tuition assistance programs here:

St. Francis School Financial Aid

The following sources of financial aid are awarded by St. Francis School directly. 

Click here for the St. Francis School financial aid application

  • St. Francis School is blessed to offer scholarships and tuition assistance through several funds, including the Sonnenberg Foundation and the St. Francis Endowment Fund.
  • Adopt-a-Student scholarships are generated by donations from private individuals who designate their gifts to be used for tuition assistance. The amount of money available varies from year to year. 
  • There is no fee to apply for any scholarships given through SFS. The application and all required documentation must be submitted directly to the school or church office by March 31, 2024.

In order to be eligible for the full amount of the St. Francis School scholarships, families are required to perform 20 service hours per year toward our fundraising events or other approved areas. These hours must be completed in the school year prior to receiving aid. (This requirement is waived for the first year for families whose children were not enrolled the previous year.)

Raise Right

Raise Right (formerly called Scrip) is an ongoing way to earn tuition credit year-round, simply by paying for everyday items with gift cards instead of cash. There are no income guidelines for this – absolutely every family is eligible to use it. You can even have family and friends use it to earn credit on your child’s tuition.

Please note that you can set up Raise Right at any time – even before your child is old enough to attend SFS. The funds you generate will accumulate in your child’s account until he or she is ready to attend. Some families in the past have set up Scrip accounts for their babies and earned enough to pay for their entire first year’s tuition!

How Raise Right Works

You purchase gift cards at face value and your coordinator orders those cards from RaiseRight and local businesses at a reduced price. The difference is an instant rebate that you can designate to your tuition bill or to a family of your choosing to reduce their tuition bill for the following school year. You can even choose to give your rebate directly to the school. It’s really that simple! RaiseRight offers more than 700 of the country’s biggest retailers and over 30 local businesses, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement, and more.

St. Francis School Rebate Program Policies 2023-2024

Get Started with Raise Right

Please contact Sheila Clancy, RaiseRight Coordinator at St Francis School at or 814-765-2618 ext 214 to start putting your shopping dollars to work.

RaiseRight Sign Up Instructions

RaiseRight gift cards are also sold after all Masses at St. Francis Church on the first weekend of every month and every weekend in November and December.