Scrip Program

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. A child who gathers in summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.”
– Proverbs 10:4-5

Scrip is a term that means substitute money.


When families purchase Scrip from St. Gregory’s, they’re purchasing gift certificates and pre-paid cards that can be used just like cash. Scrip can be used to purchase everyday household items like food, clothing, gasoline and entertainment, and earn revenue for various St. Gregory’s School and Church entities at the same time. The Scrip discount is split between the fund of your choice and the fund designated by the Scrip Committee.

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General FAQs

What is Scrip?

Scrip is a term that means, “substitute money.” When families purchase Scrip from St. Gregory’s, they’re purchasing gift certificates and pre-paid cards that can be used just like cash. Scrip can be used to purchase everyday household items like food, clothing, gasoline and entertainment, and earn revenue for various St. Gregory’s School and Church entities at the same time. The Scrip discount is split 75/25 between the fund of your choice and the fund designated by the Scrip Committee (families designate 75%, St. Gregory’s keeps 25%).

What use is the St. Gregory's portion of the Scrip revenue currently designated for?

25% of the scrip rebate generated from the school is used to meet the needs of the parish and school.

How is it determined where these funds will go, and who makes these decisions?

The Scrip Committee consults with Susan Martin, Fr. Martin and Pam VanSickle for guidance on the needs of our parish community. From there, we form a plan on how to allocate the Scrip funds. We also accept requests for various needs.

How does Scrip generate revenue for St. Gregory's Parish Community?

Participating retailers agree to sell gift cards to St. Gregory Scrip at a discount. Families buy the cards from St. Gregory Scrip and redeem them for full face value. St. Gregory Scrip keeps the difference in the revenue. The percentage of profit returned to St. Gregory’s varies from 2-20%, depending on the retailer.

How many retailers are involved in the St. Gregory Scrip program?

More than 200 retailers are involved in the program. A list of local retailers will be provided to participating families when they sign up, and a complete list of all participating retailers is available on the web site.

How does my family benefit from Scrip?

Earned revenue from rebates will be split 75/25 between the fund designated by the Scrip Committee and tuition for a student or students specified by participating families, with Scrip retaining 25%. Families can also bank funds for future use. Families can also designate their funds for tuition assistance, endowment funds or church ministries. All parish families benefit from this program in the long run, with revenue coming into our parish community.

Can my relatives have their own account and still earn money for my tuition?

Yes, family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles) can designate their funds for a specific family’s tuition. We greatly encourage you to get your families involved, and it is an easy way for them to help you provide your child with a private, Catholic education. Neighbors, co-workers and friends are also welcome to join. We currently have over 225 active scrip accounts.

Tuition FAQs

When will I see the money deducted from my Smart Tuition account?

Funds are distributed 3 times per year, and are directly applied to your tuition account. Upcoming distribution dates are July 1 and Nov. 1 and March 1.

Is there a fee to participate in the program?

There are no membership or application fees. You simply complete the enrollment application and St. Gregory’s will open an account for you. You only pay St. Gregory’s for the face value of the scrip cards you purchase. The only thing this program costs you is your time in planning ahead to know what to order (which will actually benefit you with your budgeting). If you chose to pay for your order online, there is a 15¢ fee.

How do I sign up?

Families can sign up at St. Gregory’s School or in the parish office. You need to register with the St. Gregory Scrip Committee so we are aware of how you want your funds distributed, and also to give permission for a St. Gregory’s student to bring your scrip order home, if you choose. You will need to register online with Great Lakes Scrip, even if you don’t plan to order online, because GLS provides us with the software to manage each family’s order.  If you don’t have access to the Internet or if you would just rather Scrip take care of this, we will create an account for you.

How do I order Scrip?

You may place your order for Scrip by sending orders into the school or parish office by Noon each Monday, or by placing your order online. Your order will be available for you to pick up on Friday of the same week, or your order can be sent home with your child. If you have more than one child enrolled at St. Gregory’s, please specify which child the Scrip should be sent with.

How can I pay for Scrip?

You can pay online with Presto Pay.  You can also pay by check to St. Gregory Scrip, and send it to the school or parish office.  Orders must be paid for before they can be submitted.  You do not have to pay online to be able to order online.

How does Presto Pay work?

Presto Pay debits from your checking account. It is very easy to link your checking account to your Scrip account. It takes a few days to verify your account, so be aware of this when you are using Presto Pay for the first time. After your Scrip and bank accounts are linked, you can choose Presto Pay as an option to pay for your order anytime, and it works instantly. The fee is 15¢ per transaction, which also is deducted from your checking account. This is a very convenient option with minimal expense, and allows you to complete your order at anytime from any computer, without worrying about getting your payment to the office on time. Presto Pay also eliminates the chance of any error on our part, as all we are left to do is simply submit the order. With Scrip being run entirely by volunteers, online ordering and Presto Pay cut down on the amount of time it takes for us to place an order.


Ordering FAQs

How can I submit my order when school is not in session?

Over the summer and Christmas break, orders and/or payments must either be submitted online or brought directly to the church office. Order forms are available at the back of church. When school is not in session on a Monday, the deadline automatically shifts to 8am on Tuesday. If school is not in session on a Friday, pick up is in the parish office between 8am and 12:30pm. When Fridays are a planned day off (not snow day), orders will often be available on Thursday afternoon. 

When are Scrip orders placed?

Orders are due in the school or church office by NOON every Monday.  We do not have the means to submit orders that haven’t been paid for, so anything not settled up by the time the order is placed will not be included, and will be on hold until the next week, pending payment.

Is there a minimum amount of certificates that I have to order?

St.Gregory’s has no minimum order amount.

How often do I have to order?

There are no requirements for ordering. You can order as frequently or infrequently as you wish. However, because Scrip can be used to purchase everyday household items, as well as having a variety of restaurants to choose from, most families place an order at least a few times a month to put their shopping dollars to work for their child’s education. You can use Scrip however it best fits with your family and budget.

How long does it take until I receive my order?

Monday orders are available for pick-up in the SCHOOL office on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Orders that have been specified to be sent home with a child will come home that day also. All orders not picked up by 3 p.m. will be locked up for safekeeping, and will again be available on Monday morning. Orders can also be picked up during our holiday and monthly Cash & Carry sales at all weekend Masses. In the case of no school on a Friday, pick up your order at the parish office between 8am and 12:30pm on Friday.

What is ScripNow!?

You can order for yourself or send an e-gift in seconds for various retailers. ScripNow! Can be delivered and used in minutes simply by using Presto Pay, or pay by check and the items will be released at the time the order is submitted on Monday. This allows you to make purchases at nearly 100’s of retailers anytime without waiting for the cards to arrive on Friday. You will then get an email confirmation and be able to print your certificate and use immediately. Check out all the available ScripNow! retailers HERE.

Can I order on my Smart Phone?

You can use your iPhone or Android to order Scrip while you are shopping. This is called My Scrip Wallet, and is processed by using Presto Pay. Your funds will be available for use within a matter of seconds. Not all retailers are available under My Scrip Wallet, but there is a large variety to choose from. This allows you to load up your cart and purchase close to the amount that you need. This works great if you forgot to order or weren’t sure how much you would need or from where. You can watch a video about this feature HERE

What if I have more questions?

Email us at stgregoryscrip@gmail.com or call the school or church office to leave a message.