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Tuition Assistance

Ad Altare Dei Scholarship    

St. Thomas More Academy offers only one “in-house” scholarship annually The Ad Altare Dei Scholarship is awarded to one STMA student entering grades 5-8. The scholarship amount is $500 and the requirements are that the applicant must be an altar server in his/her Catholic parish, be in good academic standing with a grade average of B or higher, and must obtain a recommendation from his/her parish priest. Application forms are available by request from the school office. 


Additional Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Grant Information

Information on all other types of tuition assistance available to St. Thomas More Academy families is included below. 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. All financial information must be both submitted and verified. Please don’t hesitate to email or call 240-490-5479 with any questions.


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.  

To apply for scholarships, grants or financial assistance, go to
In FACTS Grant & Aid, log into your account, then click on the link “Start Application” to begin the application process.   Be sure to select the next school year. Please note that a family, even with multiple children, needs to apply only one time per year to FACTS Grant & Aid and an annual application fee, per family, will be charged.


Your family must be re-enrolled/enrolled to be considered for financial assistance. Use the narrative area at the bottom of the FACTS application to indicate helpful notes about your current financial situation that may not be reflected on your taxes.


Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund (FCPTAF)

The Frederick County Parish Tuition Assistance Fund was established by 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 based on financial need.

FCPTAF Eligibility Requirements: A family must be registered and active parishioners at one of the following Frederick County parishes: St. John the Evangelist / St. Joseph-on-Carrollton Manor, Holy Family / St. Mary, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Peter the Apostle, St. Timothy, or St. Ignatius. A family must be active parishioners, which includes sharing time and talent, and must contribute to the parish financially on a regular basis either through envelopes or electronic funds transfer.  A family must apply for assistance and verify all financial information through FACTS Grant & Aid and must indicate parish affiliation on the FACTS Grant & Aid Application. 

FCPTAF Awards: Awards are decided upon in the Spring and are communicated directly to the families by the end of the current academic school year.    


The Friends of Catholic Education is a non-profit organization based in Frederick, Maryland. Founded in 1989, Friends of Catholic Education provides scholarships and grants to Frederick County Catholic schools and their families.

F.O.C.E. Grants  - A block grant is generously donated to St. Thomas More Academy each year to divide and distribute to students. These grants are awarded to students based on financial need.

F.O.C.E. Scholarships - Through the generosity of their donors, F.O.C.E. has made a significant impact in reducing tuition costs for families by providing a variety of scholarship opportunities for students throughout Frederick, Maryland.  Applications for F.O.C.E scholarships will be available at the end of January.