Tuition Assistance

To apply for tuition assistance:
  • To apply online in either English or Spanish, go to
  • To link your application to CTO, enter:
    • School Code: 450
    • Password: 450ddm
  • Upload your previous year’s tax documents at the end of the application.
  • Paper applications are available at your school in English and Spanish.


Applications for tuition assistance, including the $31 application fee (one application covers the entire family) need to be completed (including tax returns) and submitted to FAIR ( by Monday, April 15. Families will be notified of awards by their individual school by the end of May.

Who is eligible to apply?

Qualifying families include:
  • Household income does not exceed the amount listed below based on family size.

    • Family size includes parent(s)/guardian(s) and total number of dependents plus others living in household.

  • Families who live in Iowa are eligible for CTO.

  • Students eligible to receive tuition assistance are 5 years old before September 15 and attend one of the 16 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Des Moines.

2024-2025 Income Guidelines

Family Size* Maximum Income**
2 $81,760
3 $103,280
4 $124,800
5 $146,320
6 $167,840
7 $189,360
8 ** $210,880

* Families/households are eligible for CTO assistance if their total income is at or below the above listed income level reported on Line 9 of federal income tax form.

**Add $21,520 for each additional dependent.

The bottom line?  It's for the kids...
and their futures!
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