Any family can apply for financial assistance.

Since 1906, we have remain rooted in our Catholic tradition, and strived for academic excellence. None of this would be possible without you. 

Like almost everything, the cost of education continues to rise: increased teacher salaries and benefits and the cost of textbooks and consumable materials rise yearly. Beyond seeking to keep Catholic Tuition rates affordable, we can recommend the following resources, scholarships, grants, and subsidies. 

Any family may apply for tuition assistance, depending upon their financial needs. 


Step-Up for Students

This scholarship is one of the Corporate Tax Scholarships available in Florida. It is based upon income eligibility and the student must be entering Kindergarten or 1st grade or must have attended the entire previous year in a Florida public school to qualify for 2nd thru 8th grades. The State will determine how much money will be distributed.

If you were on this scholarship last year, you MUST go online to renew beginning mid-February. New applications will be available beginning March 1st of each year. If you need help applying for this scholarship, please call the school office at 436-6440.

The McKay Scholarship is for students with a diagnosed learning disability.

They must have attended the entire previous year in a Florida public school and have been eligible for services to get this scholarship. Scholarship notification comes from the Escambia County School District.

At Sacred Heart Cathedral School, McKay Scholarship students may attend our Morning Star program, but are not eligible to register in the regular classroom setting unless the disability is solely related to speech.

The Diocese will automatically renew your child if they are currently enrolled in the Morning Star program or SHCS and plan to re-enroll next year.


The Gardiner Scholarship program provides eligible students a scholarship that can be used to purchase approved services or product in order to design a customized educational program.

Eligible students are residents of Florida, will be 4 before September 1, will have a disability as defined on the program website and is the subject of an IEP written in accordance with the requirements defined on the program website.

Florida AAA

The Florida AAA Scholarship program is oriented to provide economic and other assistance to economically-disadvantaged families and families with disabled students. 

AAA awards income-based scholarships to eligible students from eligible households to help them attend an eligible private school of their choice. These scholarships assist economically-disadvantaged families pay for tuition and fees, where applicable. AAA also awards disability-based scholarships which assist students with certain disabilities afford to access the educational settings that best fit their learning-needs.

Diocesan Grants

George and Mary Kremer Foundation Grant

This is a private foundation for needy children enrolled in elementary Catholic schools. SHCS is notified in March if we will be eligible to participate in this program.

Money is not distributed until after September 1st – you will need to pay the full monthly tuition amount until your grant is approved and then the office will reduce your payments accordingly.

The deadline for applying for this grant is usually in May – please contact the school office for an application.

Black and Indian Grant

If money becomes available through the Diocese, an ethnicity report will be printed via the information we have on PowerSchool. 

The award money will be divided amongst those students who have indicated Black or Native American Indian on their registration forms.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul Scholarship

Organized through the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, eligible families will be offered funding based on the criteria established by the society.

Please request the application form from the principal.

Internal Grants

Internal Scholarships

For families showing financial need or should a change in economic status occur during the year (i.e. business closing due to oil spill, etc…) help with tuition may be available

Please request a scholarship application from the principal, complete and return it to the principal. You will be notified within 7 days if you are being provided with extra funds.

our Catholic identity

We are first and foremost a Catholic school, committed to the holistic education of our students. Located in an older, established – but changing – neighborhood, Sacred Heart Cathedral School serves the educational needs of our own parish children as well as many from other parishes, and some non-Catholics.

For over 100 years, Sacred Heart School has maintained its quality of education and Christian standards. Explore the difference of a Catholic education.

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