Making Catholic schools affordable


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

For some families who want to send their children to Catholic schools, tuition is not affordable without financial aid.

Clinton’s Prince of Peace Catholic School students Jakob Motroni, left, a senior, and Cody Michaelsen, a sophomore, help rehab a neighborhood park during a service day earlier this school year.

Lee Morrison, diocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, said the first thing Catholic families should do when they are looking to send their children to Catholic school is to register in a Catholic parish affiliated with the school. Most parishes expect families to financially contribute to the parish in order to receive in-parish tuition. Interested parents should talk with their pastors, Morrison said.

All families who reside in Iowa, Catholic or non-Catholic, may apply for School Tuition Organization (STO) funding. (See the separate story for details and websites.)


Families that don’t receive enough financial aid from the STO should contact their school and parish to see what other options or scholarships may be available.
Those living in Scott County may apply for the Embracing Our Future’s Family Tuition Plan assistance.

Morrison emphasizes that Catholic schools have payment plans and tuition is not due all at once. “We do what we can to assist families in obtaining a Catholic education for their children.”

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