A school principal plays many roles in their work. They lead, connect and facilitate much of the school’s happenings, and are in-the-know with each staff member, parent and student.
Their connectedness to the school community helped shift the CCSTA’s approach to assisting Catholic school tuition fees through its Endowment Fund.
In the past, families seeking tuition assistance would have to individually apply for funding from the CCSTA Endowment Fund.
But it will now be submitted by the school’s principal.
The change occurred after the CCSTA Endowment Fund committee met earlier this year and its members agreed to change the application criteria so that requests come directly from the principal, with no need for families to write letters directly.
“Principals ultimately know who has the greatest need, and those families may not submit an application,” explains CCSTA Executive Director Julian Hanlon. “Each province’s tuition costs vary, and we agreed it was difficult for us to determine the best candidates. The principals know these students and their families’ situations best, and so we wanted to give the school the ability to make those decisions on who’d most benefit from the Fund.”
The CCSTA Endowment Fund was established more than 10 years ago in an effort to help alleviate students in need cover school tuition costs located in provinces with partial or no funding. Since 2006, CCSTA has received 385 student requests amounting to over $780,000. CCSTA was able to distribute $231,800 in tuition assistance. Each year, the application deadline closes on March 31, and the criteria remains the same.
Now, the principal will need to include student names in the request, and provide some detail on the need as it relates to the application criteria. Funds would then get sent directly to the schools, and the school would then determine individual student allocation.
Learn more about the CCSTA Endowment Fund.