Tuition | Financial Aid

Tuition Rates and Information
 
 
Grade Level
Tuition
   Average
   Cost to
   Educate
K-8 Supporting Parish
$2,890
$8,000
K-8 Non Support Parish
$4,119
$8,000
9-12 Supporting Parish
$4,050
$11,662
9-12 Non Supporting Parish
$5,778
$11,662
 
 
 
Parish family cap with three students
$8,270
 
Parish family cap with four or more students
$9,770
 
Non parish family cap with three students
$10,250
 
Non parish family cap with four or more students
$11,750
 


Catholic Parish Membership
Tuition for MACS students is determined by grade level and Catholic parish membership. Families who support their Catholic parish, who in turn subsidies the Catholic schools, receive a reduced tuition rate. View the list of the eleven supporting parishes.

Third Party Support
This category includes all other revenues, including alumni and private donations, fundraising, association and booster club revenues, business community support, food service, Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, childcare, Scrip and other revenues. Third-party support accounts for 44% of our 2015-2016 budgeted revenues, which includes the Building Bridges 4 Children (BB4C 4K) program.

The generosity of many individuals and businesses allow us to maintain lower tuition than would otherwise not be possible. Please take the time to support those that support us!

Financial Assistance

     Apply to FACTS Grant and Aid

All families, who have an income-based need, are eligible to apply for financial assistance by completing a confidential application. Each applying family sends their application directly to the FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment Service. FACTS evaluates the application and sends its assessment to the MACS Central Office, who then reviews the results and notifies the family by letter if they qualify. The applying family may ask to meet with the President to discuss the results of the FACTS Assessment and investigate all funding options. This process is confidential and private.

The Tuition Assistance Fund helps to support those families who have applied. For the 2016-2017 school year, we have budgeted over $130,000 to be given in tuition assistance. Approximately 23% of our families receive financial support from the fund.

Adopt-A-Student Scholarships are available to non-parish students each year through our schools, private donors, community organizations, parishes, and other funding sources.

Shopping with Scrip Business Gift Cards
We ask all families to make every effort to use Scrip gift cards instead of cash when they go shopping. Scrip is a national fundraising program supported by numerous Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and National merchants. Families buy participating retailer’s Scrip Gift Cards from our school system’s central office. Our schools receive half the percentage of the proceeds, of which the other half is applied toward current family, future family tuition, parishes or our MACS Tuition Assistance Fund. View more.

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)
MACS offers the WPCP. In 2017-18, we have available 50 qualifying students to receive a tuition free education through graduation. The application and document submission period closes at 4:00 PM on April 20, 2017. Late applications and late required documents will NOT be accepted for any reason. To complete an application, contact the MACS Central Office 715.723.0538 x3323. 

     View qualifying income brackets

FACTS Monthly Payment
Families may set up a monthly payment plan for tuition, lunch, and fees. Contact Business Manager Teresa Dachel in our Central Office to set up your account.

Wisconsin State Tax Deduction
When filing your state tax forms, individuals may deduct the tuition expenses they paid from January 1st to December 31st up to $4,000 for each dependent child in grades K-8 and up to $10,000 for each dependent child in grades 9-12.

WI form Schedule PS  (from the WI gov site) defines what is tuition and examples of what is not tuition. You will need to submit this form with your state taxes.

To fill out the form you will need: 

  1. Your record of tuition paid. If you have an account set up in FACTS you can generate a report. Otherwise, you will need to look through your paperwork (check stub, etc.) to determine what amount you paid in tuition for each child. 
  2. You will need our official name and address
    McDonell Area Catholic Schools, Inc.
    1316 Bel Air Blvd. 
    Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
  3. MACS School FEIN number
    39-1032800

Free and Reduced Lunches
Free or reduced lunch is available for all families who qualify under federal guidelines.

"No child will be denied a Catholic education on the basis of financial need."

New families and those with immediate questions please  contact Teresa Dachel in the Central Office, 715.723.0538 x3323