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Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Offering Tuition Assistance Program | News, Sports, Jobs

Families of students in the 24 Catholic schools across West Virginia now have another chance to receive help with tuition.

The Most Rev. Mark Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, has announced the establishment of a third phase of tuition assistance available to both Catholic and non-Catholic families already attending or recently enrolled in one of West Virginia’s Catholic schools.

It is a one-time program expansion of up to $450,000 in recognition and response to the economic challenges families are facing, not only in West Virginia, but also the nation. This third phase of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program (TAPs) is the first established by the diocese for families regardless of religion. Previously, only families belonged to a parish within

the diocese was eligible to apply for TAPs which distributes nearly $1 million annually in tuition assistance.

The application period for this third phase of TAPs for the 2022-23 school year will be from Aug. 15 to Sept. 2. Applications are made online at

If a Catholic family has previously applied for TAP for the 2022-23 school year and did not receive funds, their applications are automatically submitted to Phase III. They do not need to reapply. If a family already received TAP funds for this school year via Phase I or II, they are not eligible for additional funds. Non-Catholic Families must apply–even if they previously submitted information to the system–to be eligible for consideration.

“The rapid rise in gas prices and cost of living is hitting all of us, especially our young families,” said Superintendent Mary Ann Deschaine. “This program further acknowledges the commitment to Catholic education in our diocese.”

In 2021, Bishop Mark Brennan released a program to give a $250 tuition credit for each child in grades Pre K-12 regardless of need or religion, as a means to alleviate the financial strains caused by the pandemic. Overall, it was a $1.2 million investment by the diocese for the Catholic school families.

For more information visit or contact your local Catholic school.

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