Serving as the Director of Admissions and Marketing at St. John Paul II Catholic High School, Matthew Gonzalez works with parents and children from all walks of life who are passionate about Catholic education. According to Statista, in 2019, approximately 13.5% of Arizona’s population was living beneath the poverty line.

Gonzalez sees the concern that some Arizona parents have regarding tuition. To them, he says, “There is always some way for us to provide this opportunity for your child.” Gonzalez discusses this and more with Colleen McCoy-Cejka, Catholic Education Arizona’s Director of Partnerships.


Catholic Education Is for All

The reason that Gonzalez is so confident about children’s futures within his Catholic school is because of programs like Arizona’s charitable tax program. Arizona’s tax credit system encourages the state’s residents to direct tax credits to charitable organizations like CEA that provide financial aid for students wanting to attend a Catholic school.

McCoy-Cejka states, “I’ve lived in a couple of states that have had different school choice programs, and it’s so good here.” She continues, “We want to get more corporate tax credit scholarship money into the pipeline for your students … We support about 45% of the students throughout the Diocese [of Phoenix].”

Gonzalez agrees, saying, “Arizona is a pioneer in the tax credit business.” But how do parents learn about how to make the most out of the tuition tax credit programs? Is the process of applying complicated? Gonzalez has all of the answers for parents with these questions.


Continue to Ask Questions

Gonzalez stresses that families with questions shouldn’t hold back on looking for more information. He urges parents and guardians to ask each question that they have because providing those answers is what he’s there for. Generally, he believes it takes hearing about the scholarships three or four times before the details fully register.

His help doesn’t stop at answering questions. Like CEA, Gonzalez is willing and happy to help parents apply for scholarships. He says, “We will walk you through the process step by step so that you know that there is a way for your student to receive this education and receive this opportunity.”

Being a parent of children involved in Catholic schools himself, Gonzalez has a personal appreciation for the work that CEA does. He takes a moment to express, “My family personally has been affected by CEA. We receive funds for my children. I have five children and have been able to support them with this beautiful education.” McCoy-Cejka understands this sentiment, saying “I couldn’t have sent my boys to Catholic school without the help that I got from CEA.”


If you think that your family could benefit from the work that Catholic Education Arizona does, as Gonzalez and McCoy-Cejka have, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call our team today.