Beginning November 1st, applications for students who will be enrolled in K-12 during the 2016 / 2017 school year will be available for parents. Last year, BLOCS had over 15,000 applications which amounted to a qualified need of $47,000,000 for Philadelphia area Catholic schools.
Most of BLOCS funding comes in the way of tax credit programs that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers to businesses. Businesses are able to make donations to BLOCS, and then receive up to a 90% credit on their PA state taxes. These programs total $150 million dollars in available credits state wide.
As we move into the next school year, our hope is that these programs are expanded to help more families afford a Catholic education. It is important that our legislatures understand what the true need is in the Philadelphia area when these programs are evaluated for a possible increase.
The best way to show the true need of families in the Philadelphia area is to have as many parents as possible fill out the online application for BLOCS scholarships. Applications for Archdiocesan schools, parish schools, and diocesan high schools can be accessed at www.blocs.org or by going directly to www.smartaidforparents.com. If your child is attending a private school, mission school, or if your school is not listed in the online applications, please contact your school directly to apply.