LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A big boost in funding allows more families who can't afford tuition the option of sending their children to private schools.

The Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville just announced plans to provide $200,000 in new funding to help families who qualify.

"For years, the Catholic Education Foundation has provided significant financial support to these outstanding Catholic elementary schools located in areas that have the greatest need for financial assistance," Foundation President Richard A. Lechleiter said in a press release. "This creative new partnership will now allow even more families in southwest Louisville to join one of these great Catholic school communities."

The foundation hopes to boost enrollment at four Catholic elementary schools in southwest Louisville.

They include St. Andrew Academy, St. Nicholas Academy, St. Paul School and Notre Dame Academy.

Annual tuition for one student normally starts at about $5,800.

The amount of assistance is based on need and the schools have agreed to provide an unspecified amount of additional funding to help families.

The Catholic Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that helps secure and provide funding for schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

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