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Archdiocese of Louisville announces tuition assistance for Catholic schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Archdiocese of Louisville wants more children in Catholic schools – and the church is willing to put money behind the mission.

Thursday morning, the Archdiocese announced that tuition assistance at Catholic schools will double next year to $3 million.

The announcement comes less than a year after the closing of the Holy Family Catholic School.

Leaders say that, overall, enrollment is flat, but there are some challenges at the elementary school level. The Archdiocese is asking each parish to set aside money to support the education initiative, and those dollars will be paired with more funding from the Catholic Education Foundation.

The church will also launch a special outreach for poor families of any faith, offering those students a $1,000 discount to attend Catholic schools. It will also launch a voucher program for current Catholic parishioners.

Forty-six Catholic schools serve nearly 20,000 students in six counties of central Kentucky. This campaign focuses specifically at the elementary school level, where the average cost of attendance is about $5,500 per year. The church is hoping to fill up those classrooms.

“I think the notion of 1,000 students eventually returning, coming into our schools, I think, would be a noble goal and a worthy goal,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. “But again, remember, the goal has to do with making sure we reach out and assist individual families. This is not a goal necessarily that is driven by the school need. It is driven by the family need.”

Mary Jude Pfeifer is both a teacher and parent. With three kids in Catholic school she knows the cost of this private education.

"I think there's more of a sense of family within the Catholic school system," Pfeifer said.

Parents interested in sending their child to a Catholic school should go to the school they wish to attend in January and fill out the equivalent of a financial aid application to see how much they qualify for.

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