Tuition Assistance

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Two types of tuition assistance are available to qualifying families. You do not have to be Catholic to apply.

  1. The Archdiocese of Dubuque program Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) 
  2. The locally-funded St. Patrick program

Timeline for Fall 2019 Assistance

  • January 1: Applications available online
  • April 15: Deadline to apply and submit tax materials
  • May 15: Award notification letters sent 
  • June 7: Deadline to accept/decline assistance
  • July 15: Round #2 Deadline
  • August 6: Round #2 awards

Amounts of any available Round #2 awards can be considerably smaller.

How does tuition assistance work?

  • Where does this money come from? Donors support Catholic education while receiving generous tax credits for their gifts. They give this money to help middle income families as well as those at lower levels.
  • Last year qualifying families received between 7.5 to 90% of their tuition depending on verified need. Non-Catholic students can receive assistance only up to the "Catholic tuition rate" for the school. Participation in our Scrip program (buying gift cards for groceries, gas, etc.) will further reduce the amount your family actually pays.
  • You might be surprised at the qualifying levels! For 2019-20, a family of four would qualify for consideration at/below an estimated annual income of $100,400. See chart below for other family sizes.
  • We encourage all families to apply for assistance. Our local program may be able to help over and above the STO program or when when STO cannot. You must submit the FACTS application before you request local assistance. 
  • What else can I do to lower my tuition bill? Read our It's Affordable Flyer for other strategies to reduce your out of pocket cost.

2019-20 Estimated STO Qualifying Levels

Family Size
 Maximum Income
      Family Size
 Maximum Income
Two $65,840       Five  $117,680
Three  $83,120       Six  $134,960
Four  $100,400       Seven  $152,240

How to Apply

Helpful resources:  tuition assistance information letter, Frequently Asked Questions 2019, How to Apply with FACTS ManagementYouTube video 

  1. Apply online at for both programs. You will need your 2018 tax return, current W-2, and other applicable tax statements as explained in the How to Apply flyer. Use our school zip code 50613. The application fee is $31. 
  2. Follow the directions to upload, fax or mail supporting documents.
  3. Request local assistance after submitting the FACTS application.

For confidential assistance, contact our Business Manager Laura Lockert at 319-277-6781 or Laura can help you fill out the online application and scan your tax documents. You may also call the FACTS call center at 866-441-4637. Contact Principal Lynette Hackett at 319-277-6781 if the processing fee is cost prohibitive for your family.

See our Tuition page for other incentives that may help fund your child's education. Please note that tuition assistance is not available for preschool or for transportation fees. 

 Just this past spring, our very own St. Patrick Catholic School was awarded the prestigious “Lighthouse School Milestone for Leader In Me”—envied by many around the country. It’s easy to see the results of the leadership-infusion by simply walking into the school and interacting with students, staff, parents, and leadership. The nice thing about “Leader in Me” is that it’s not the newest/shiniest thing going on. It’s a long-term, systemic effort creating a school environment where leadership permeates all aspects of the culture, and students develop the skills they need for a lifetime. 

—Mayor Jim Brown