The Greensburg Catholic Diocese yesterday announced a plan that it hopes will fill empty seats at its fifteen Catholic schools. The diocese will offer discounted tuition to new transfer students through its “bishop’s tuition transfer grant” program. In making the announcement, Spokesman Jerry Zufelt said there will be no limit to the number of grants, but they will only be for classes that have openings. No additional classes or teachers will be required.
Students who transfer into a diocesan elementary school are eligible for a $1,000 tuition discount the first year and $500 the second year. In the two diocesan high schools, new transfer students in 10th and 11th grade are eligible for a $2,000 discount in year one and $1,000 in the second year. Other avenues of financial aid are not affected by the program.
The diocese hopes to emulate the success of the Allentown diocese, which introduced the same plan three years ago and last year was the only diocese in Pennsylvania to increase enrollment in its schools.
At Indiana’s St. Bernard School, which has just added 8th grade this year, about 72 percent of the students receive some type of financial aid, after which the average tuition is $2,078.66. Regular tuition at the school is $4,500 per year.