Discover the Difference: Catholic Education Is More Affordable Than You Think

by Diocese of Des Moines | April 10, 2020

Students at Shelby County Catholic School

Considering a Catholic school for your child but concerned about the cost of tuition? Catholic education is more affordable than you may think. Every year the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO) provides tuition assistance to eligible families whose children attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines. Last year, CTO provided scholarships to nearly 2,000 students.


CTO is a charitable organization that receives voluntary cash contributions from Iowa taxpayers, and then allocates those funds in the form of tuition assistance to eligible families who attend accredited nonpublic schools. 


The amount of tuition assistance awarded to individual families is based on income level and number of dependents, as well as, tuition level of the school, family circumstances, and cost of living.


All families are welcome to apply, however families must meet the income guidelines below and the school's admissions requirements to qualify for assistance through CTO. Families who do not qualify for this program can explore alternative tuition assistance opportunities like our Welcome Tuition Grant or local school scholarships. Contact your school for more information.

 Projected 2020-2021 CTO Income Guidelines

Family Size*

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  • Christ the King School, P-8th grade, 701 Wall Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315, 515-285-3349
  • Dowling Catholic High School, 9-12 grade, 1400 Buffalo Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265, 515-225- 3000
  • Holy Family Catholic School, P-8th grade, 1265 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316, 515-262-8025
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School, P-8th grade, 2922 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, 515-255-3162
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, P-8th grade, 1601 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50265, 515-223-1284
  • Shelby County Catholic School, P- 6th grade, 2005 College Place, Harlan, Iowa 51537, 712-755-5634
  •  St. Albert Catholic School, Birth - 12 grade, 400 Gleason Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, 712-323-3703
  •  St. Anthony Catholic School, P-8th grade, 16 Columbus Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315, 515-243-1874
  •  St. Augustin Catholic School, P-8th grade, 4320 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312, 515-279-5947
  •  St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, P-8th grade, 7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50266, 515-457-7167
  •  St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School, K-8th grade (beginning in 2020), 1102 NW Weigel Drive, Ankeny, IA 50023, 515-985-7074
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, P-8th grade, 2107 East 33rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50317, 515-266-3433
  • St. Malachy Catholic School, P-8th grade, 403 West Clark St, Creston, IA 50801, 641-782-7125
  •  St. Patrick Catholic School , P-8th grade, 1302 5th Street, Perry, IA 50220, 515-465-4186
  • St. Pius X Catholic School, P-8th grade, 3601 66th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322, 515-276-1061
  • St. Theresa Catholic School, P-8th grade, 5810 Cara Carpenter Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311, 515-277-0178


The deadline to apply for CTO has been extended to Friday, April 17 and the process to apply just got easier! Submit your application along with your 2018 tax return and 2019 W-2s (or 1099s, if self-employed). Apply today and know in June the amount of your tuition assistance for this fall! Visit to learn more and apply. 

Diocese of Des Moines

The Diocese of Des Moines, created in 1911, serves people over a 12,446 square mile area in the southwestern quadrant of Iowa, including 23 counties.