Tuition Assistance and Scholarships

Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Grant Information

Here is information on the various types of tuition assistance available to St. Thomas More Academy families. ALL financial aid and scholarship decisions are based on information parents provide in the FACTS system, so filling out the FACTS Grant & Aid application is the first step in applying for any grant or scholarship listed below.

What  is FACTS Grant & Aid?

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment is an independent, third party company that conducts financial analysis to determine your family’s financial need in distributing financial assistance, grants and scholarships.

St. Thomas More Academy, the Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund and the Friends of Catholic Education (F.O.C.E.) receive a confidential report outlining your financial situation based on the information obtained in your application and supporting tax documents.  This information, along with your family’s total tuition amount, is used to determine tuition assistance awards.  

FACTS Grant & Aid Instructions

To apply for scholarships, grants or financial assistance, go to

If you currently have a FACTS Tuition account, click on the FACTS Tuition link under QUICK LINKS and log in.  In the FACTS Grant & Aid section, click on the link “Start Application” to begin the application process.   Be sure to select the 2019/2020 school year.                                             

If you do NOT have a FACTS Tuition account, click on the link for FACTS Grant & Aid under QUICKLINKS to set-up an account.  There is a $30.00 application fee per family.

Your family must be re-enrolled/enrolled for the 2020/2021 school year to be considered for financial assistance.

Use the narrative area at the bottom of the application to indicate helpful notes about current financial situation. 

NOTE:  To be considered for any financial assistance, grants, and/or scholarships, you must apply through FACTS Grant and Aid.


Ad Altare Dei Scholarship

St. Thomas More Academy offers one $500 Ad Altare Dei Scholarship annually. The application may be downloaded here: Ad Altare Dei 20-21.pdf

To be considered for the Ad Altare Dei scholarship, students going into grades 5-8 must be altar servers in their Catholic parish, be in good academic standing with a grade average of B or higher and obtain a recommendation from their parish priest.


Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund

The Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund has been established by eight parishes in southern Frederick County to aid families who wish their children to receive a faith-based elementary or high school education in a Catholic school. A distribution committee (composed of representatives of each participating parish) determine the awards on the basis of financial need. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Your family must be registered and an active parishioner at one of the following Frederick County parishes: St. John the Evangelist, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Timothy, St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor, Holy Family/St. Francis/St. Mary, St. Ignatius.

Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund Deadline to Apply:

Applicants must apply through FACTS Grant & Aid by March 31, 2020

You must indicate Parish affiliation on the FACTS Grant & Aid Application.


Awards will be made based on family “need” and the requirements of the Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund.  Multiple awards are distributed based on need.

Awards will be made by June 1, 2020.                                                                


Friends of Catholic Education

The Friends of Catholic Education (F.O.C.E.) is a non-profit organization based in Frederick, Maryland. Founded in 1989, Friends of Catholic Education provideds scholarships and grants to Frederick County Catholic schools and their families.

F.O.C.E. Grants

St. Thomas More Academy is given a certain number of F.O.C.E. grants to distribute to students each year. These grants are awarded based on financial need.

F.O.C.E. Scholarships

Friends of Catholic Education offers a number of Scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded by May 24, 2019. Applications with instructions are attached. Completed F.O.C.E. applications must be returned to the STMA office by March 31, 2020.


Knott Scholarship

The Knott Scholarship Funds award four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend a Catholic elementary school located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, or Howard counties. These scholarships honor Catholic students who excel in academics. Students must be in 4th or 8th grade to apply. Visit for criteria and online application.