Tuition Reduction Incentive Plan (T.R.I.P.)

What’s TRIP you ask?
TRIP stands for Tuition Reduction Incentive Program. This program is also known to some as SCRIP or Manna. It is a gift card fundraising program that is free to participate in and can raise thousands of dollars for our school and parish!

Sounds great! How does it work?
You purchase gift cards through St. Christopher. You pay, for example, $100 and receive a $100 gift card at one of the many retailers. The retailer offers a discount percentage to purchase the card which is split between the school and the participating family.

So how do we make money?
St. Christopher has partnered with the Manna Group who acts on behalf of churches, schools and other non-profit organizations to purchase large amounts of gift cards from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the gift cards are purchased with cash up front, the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Our organization buys the gift card from The Manna Group at a discount, and re-sells the certificates to families like yours for full face value. The discount, ranging from 30% to 2% , is our organization’s revenue.

Count me in! How do I place an order?
Orders are placed each Monday and delivered on Wednesday. If you have a student in school, gift cards will be sent home with your student if you choose to do so. Otherwise, gift cards can be picked up at the Parish Office after 2pm on Wednesday. You can download the latest order form or you can also pick up a form at the Parish or School Offices.

If you have any order related questions please contact Patty Powers in the Parish Office at 708.388.8190. If you have general questions on the program or on tuition credit, contact Katie Cate at StChrisTRIP@gmail.com or 708.597.1421.

Useful Links

The following links will take you to the Manna Group website. Please note the documents located there are updated periodically.

List of vendors with percentages
List of eCard vendors
Latest bonus offers
Previous trip newsletters

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in TRIP?
Any one! If you have a student enrolled in the school or in religious education, half of the rebate will be applied to that family’s tuition.

What if I don’t have a child enrolled in the school or in religious education?
You can still participate in the fundraiser with 100% of the rebate being given to the school. If you know a student/family of a student you can have half the credit applied to their account. Just be sure to mention the family name on the order form.

Can I give out the gift cards as gifts to others?
Yes, you can! In fact we encourage you to purchase all your gift cards through TRIP! You can shop for a wide variety of gift cards from Babies R Us to The Home Depot to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Gift cards are great for birthday gifts and stocking stuffers.

What happens if I don’t use the card right away?
Most cards do not have an expiration date, so they can be used at any future date.

Can I place my order at any time online?
Yes, you can but orders will only be approved on Mondays. If you place your order after 9am on Monday it may not make it into that week’s batch of orders. Your order would be included in the next batch. eScrip/e-cards CAN be ordered at any time, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You will receive an email from MannaGroup acknowledging your order and instructions on retrieving your e-card.

How do I order eCards?
In order to be able to purchase eCards/eScrip, you must login to www.MannaOrders.net. If you do not have an account or have forgotten your information please email StChrisTrip@gmail.com to get your login and password. Once you are logged in you MUST set up a MannaPay account. Follow the instructions outlined online to create your account. Once complete, you can order eCards 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

How do I know when there will be TRIP orders?
The school calendar states when TRIP orders will be placed each month. The calendar is sent home in the parent folder and is posted online at www.stchrisschool.org/ParentLinks/Calendar The Parish Bulletin also posts when TRIP orders are due.

How does eScrip/e-gift card tuition credit get applied to my account?
At the end of each month the coordinators receive a report that details what was ordered for each family. The credit will be added to the tracking sheet at that time.

Can I place my order online but still pay by check?
Yes, you can. Please be aware the order will not be accepted and sent for processing until a check is sent to the Parish Office by 9am on Monday.

Can I use a credit card to pay for TRIP orders?
No. You can pay by either check or cash dropped off at the parish office or you can use MannaPay, the online payment system that will deduct payment form your checking or savings account. MannaPay is the preferred method as it is safe, automatic, and you don’t have to worry about sending in a check.

Will there still be Cash and Carry?
Yes, we still have popular gift cards on hand at the parish office for those quick last minute purchases including Ultra Food, Visa Gift Cards, Kenootz, Speedway Gas, Walmart, and Target to name a few.