TRIP

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TRIP)

This is by far one of the best fundraising programs offered. There is no other program which allows you to receive money off your tuition by buying the things you need!!!

St. Catherine of Alexandria Mandatory Fundraising Fee

St. Catherine School requires all K - 8 school families to pay a fundraising fee. Your T.R.I.P. earnings can be used to pay your mandatory fundraising fee. Additional earnings above the $75.00 mandatory fundraising fee will be used for tuition credit in May or July.  Families electing not to participate in the T.R.I.P. program or that do not earn $75.00 in T.R.I.P. credit will be billed $75 or the remaining balance of the mandatory fundraising fee on their May Smart Tuition bill. Families also have the option to pay the $75 mandatory fundraising fee at any time prior to being billed in May.  


How  does the TRIP  program work?

  • Purchase gift cards through our TRIP program or the Benefit Mobile App for any of the the vendors listed on the order form. You will note there is percentage listed next to each vendor. This is the percentage of your purchase that is applied toward your mandatory fundraising fee of $75.00. For example, if you purchase $100 in Jewel 2.4% you earned $2.40 toward your fundraising fee.

  • The TRIP Administrators track these amounts and send each family a notice in January to let you know how much credit you have earned so far for this school year.

  • Use the TRIP program year round to make purchases from the vendor list to accumulate your credits. Ask your friends and family to buy as well. You can continue to save for education once your children have graduated from St. Catherine.


Who is eligible for the TRIP program ?

  • Anyone sending their child to St. Catherine (earning dates April 1st, through March 31st)

  • St. Catherine parishioner sending their child to a Catholic High School (earning dates February 1st through January 31st)

  • St. Catherine parishioner sending their child to a private or public college (earnings February 1st through January 31st)


Where do I buy TRIP?

  • Cash and carry every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the back of Church (12 months a year).

  • Orders sent to school will be returned on Thursday. Please use the TRIP envelope to send in school orders (Orders must be in by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and will go home on Thursday with your child)

  • Orders dropped off at the rectory to be filled will be returned to the rectory on Thursday after 3:00 p.m. for pick - up (Orders must be at the Rectory by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday)


Envelope Orders

A TRIP envelope is provided to each family for your convenience in sending orders to school and having the certificates returned to you on Thursday. This TRIP envelope is in the packet you receive on packet pick up day. Please keep the envelope and use it for school orders. 


Just remember, this is the only fundraiser which allows you to earn money off your tuition for buying the things you are already buying!!!

If you are new to the school or new to using TRIP and have questions, please feel free to contact me or stop by the TRIP table on Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


                Mary Smith

                708 499 - 3430

See forms below for further information.

Benefit Mobile App

Using the Benefit Mobile App will allow you to buy eGift Cards to use at over 200 retailers. This new service will supplement our already popular physical gift card program that we offer through the school and after church on Sundays.
 
How do you sign up?  If you already have a TRIP ID:

1) Please Visit...
 

https://www.benefit-mobile.com/causes/st-catherine-of-alexandria-oak-lawn

2) Input your number in the "Text Me" box and download the App on either your Android device or iPhone.

3) Once Downloaded, Create an Account.

4) Input your Bank Information and/or Credit Card Information. 

5) In the Menu, Go to Benficiaries > Select Schools > Type "St Catherine of Alexandria" in the Search Box > Select St. Catherine TRIP Program > When prompted for Field Trip ID, please type in your current TRIP ID

That's it for set-up.  If you have any questions or need a TRIP ID, please e-mail TRIP at stcatherinetrip@gmail.com.  We will get back to you within 24 hours.  If you have technical difficulties or problems with the app, please contact Benefit at (855) 537-4336. 

Benefit Mobile FAQs.pdf