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Fundraising campaign looks to make Catholic schools more affordable

Making Catholic schools more affordable -- that's one of the goals of a new fundraising campaign the Archdiocese of Louisville is undertaking.

In the Louisville Archdiocese there are 48 Catholic schools in seven counties.  But not everyone who wants to go to a Catholic school can afford it.

More than 1200 teachers gathered to celebrate the start of a new school year.  They learned from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of a new fundraising campaign.

The Archbishop said, "One of the main needs will be continuing to find ways to allow our Catholic schools to become more affordable."

The campaign will be called Building a Future of Hope.  It will be conducted at the parish level for the next two years to raise money for parish projects.  That will include raising additional funds to assist families who want to send their kids to Catholic schools.

Archbishop Kurtz says, "There are children and young adults whose families would love to come and take part in our Catholic school education, but sometimes the tuition is a great barrier."

High school tuition is more than $8,000 dollars at Catholic high schools, and about $4,000 for elementary students.

The Catholic Education Foundation assists families who need help with tuition.  Individual schools also offer student aid.

At some schools, almost half of the students receive some sort of financial assistance.  Archbishop Kurtz explained, "Each year our schools reach out to assist families.  Unfortunately, we never have the funds to serve all the needs."

The archdiocese is expected to release more information on the fundraising effort in the coming weeks.

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