Tuition Assistance

Considering a Catholic school for your child but concerned about the cost of tuition? Catholic education is more affordable than you may think.  No family is turned away for inability to pay full tuition. If you desire a Catholic education for your child, we will help you find a way. We offer many forms of tuition assistance to help families afford tuition, including a Welcome Tuition Grant for public-school transfer students. 

Catholic Tuition Organization

The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO) grants annual tuition awards to families who need tuition assistance. 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. For additional information, please contact your local Catholic school or visit the CTO website.

Project HOPE/Brady Trust

nullProject HOPE (Help Our Parents Educate) gives children the opportunity to receive quality Catholic education by providing tuition scholarships to families in need. Funds from Project HOPE provide additional assistance to those families who are in the most financial need to help make Catholic education a reality. Families must be Catholic and attend an elementary school.

The instructions and applications for Project HOPE/Brady Trust are available below. All of schools in the Diocese of Des Moines also have applications. Please contact your local Catholic school for more information.


Give the Gift of Catholic Education

Individuals wishing to help make it possible for children to receive a quality Catholic education can contribute to one of the funds that financially assist parents who are not able to pay all of the tuition costs. The funds are:

  • The Catholic Tuition Organization
    Individuals who donate to the CTO will receive a 65% state income tax credit, as well as federal deductibility when itemizing. For more information, contact Jeanne Wells at (515) 237-5010 or visit the CTO website.

  • Project HOPE
    Help Our Parents Educate is a great way to help children receive a quality Catholic education. Individuals who donate to Project HOPE will receive a tax deduction. Please help support a longstanding tradition of our Church to offer Catholic education whenever possible. For more information, visit the diocesan Giving page or contact Sue Relyea at (515) 237-5079.