St. James Catholic School aims to provide students with an affordable education based on strong morals and academic excellence. While this requires a significant financial investment, we make every effort to assist families in need. The following provides a general guideline of our financial aid program. For more specific information or to see if you qualify for one or more forms of assistance, please contact the school office to set up an appointment: 256-546-0132.

All families must meet the Scholarship Income Guidelines to be eligible to receive a C2 scholarship. Awards are distributed on a first come, first served basis and in compliance with the Alabama Accountability Act (AAA).

Students eligible for a scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Was eligible to attend a public school in the preceding semester, or is starting school in Alabama for the first time.
  • Applicants must be a member of a family whose total annual income the calendar year before he or she receives an educational scholarship does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level, the federally recognized threshold for receiving free or reduced priced lunch.

Additional Financial Aid Information

• Financial assistance applications for those students who fail to meet the requirements of the Scholarship for Kids or C2 scholarship programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by appointment in the school office.

• The financial aid process requires families to disclose all forms of income. Any information you provide will remain confidential.

• St. James is committed to providing a quality education to dedicated students, regardless of their financial situations. However, due to limits placed on the financial aid budget, funding is not guaranteed and each family is expected to use all available resources in paying for the education of their child.

• A variety of criteria is considered, including income (taxable and nontaxable), assets, number of dependents, number of children attending St. James, number of parents who are working, etc. Parents are obligated to disclose if they receive any outside financial help for education from relatives, friends or other sources. This information is balanced with data about living expenses, medical costs, indebtedness, and other factors such as child support and legal expenses.

• New applications for financial aid will not be considered if there is a past due balance on the current year's tuition.