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 (there are over 100 vendors listed). 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 1.8% you earned $1.80 toward your fundraising fee.

  • The TRIP Administrators track these amounts and send each family a statement in January on your purchases and the credits earned.

  • 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)

  • Anyone sending their child to a Catholic High School (earning dates February 1st through January 31st)

  • Anyone sending their child to a private or public college (earnings February 1st through January 31st)


Where do I buy TRIP?

  • Cash and carry every Thursday evening 6:30-8:00pm at the back of Church.

  • School Orders: Orders sent to school will be returned on Friday. (Orders must be in by 3:00 P.M. on Monday).

  • On the Benefit Mobile App. Benefit is an electronic gift card purchasing app that lets you buy most gift cards to the penny. For more information see below.



Envelope Orders 

A TRIP envelope is provided to each family for your convenience in sending orders to school and having certificates returned to you. This TRIP envelope is in the packet you receive on packet pick up day. Please keep the envelope and use it to send in orders. You may send orders to school with your oldest child, or you may drop off your order at the school office. Envelope orders received by 3:00 P.M. on Monday will be filled and returned to you on Friday of the same week if the certificates are in stock. 


When sending orders to school with your child, he/she is responsible for turning in the order to his/her teachers. Orders are filled and sent home on Fridays. Please make sure to fill out the order form completely and include your TRIP identification number. 



TRIP Credit Statements 

The TRIP program year cycle runs from April 1st through March 31st of each year. A letter will go home in April letting you know how much TRIP credit you earned toward the fundraising fee and/or tuition credit. 


Registration and Family Identification (TRIP No.) 

If you are new to the school or new to using TRIP program please either contact us or see us in the back of church to get you registered for the program. 


If at any time you have questions or comments regarding the TRIP Program, please feel free to contact the TRIP  Coordinators.


Mary Smith 

(708) 499-3430

mfswdw@aol.com


Jay Heidemann
(708) 646-3284
jayheidemann@gmail.com



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