Tuition and Fees 

We want every student to be given the opportunity to attend St. Augustin Catholic School, and we are mindful that for some families the investment may be a challenge. Our goal is to make Catholic education accessible to as many families as possible. 

The true cost of educating a student at St. Augustin is approximately $8,500. Saint Augustin Parish subsidizes the school’s operations at 58% as tuition alone does not cover all expenses. We are grateful for parents who engage in fundraising, the Home and School Association, and the Royal Founder’s members who collectively offset expenses needed to run the school. 

The tuition and fee schedule is approved annually by the school board. Tuition rates listed are for the 2023 - 2024 school year. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates listed are for the 2023 - 2024 school year.   

Pre-Kindergarten (Four-Year-Old Program)

AM Pre-Kindergarten (Four-Year-Old Program): Free


St. Augustin Catholic School participates in the statewide Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grant Program which provides free tuition to 4-year-old AM Pre-Kindergarten students. 100% of tuition is made possible by the State of Iowa Grant Funding.

Full Day Option: $2,915/year 

Transitional Kindergarten (Five-Year-Old Program)

Full Day (Five-Year-Old Program): $4,630 

Kindergarten through 8th grade

Participating, In-Parish Tithing Family Tuition Rates 
1st student $4,630
2nd student $4,420
3rd student $4,420
4th student $4,420
5th student $4,420


Nonparticipating, Out-of Parish Family Tuition Rate

Per student $8,840

*Participating refers to parishioners of Saint Augustin Catholic Church who are actively tithing. Nonparticipating families are those who are not actively tithing or not parishioners.

International Student Tuition Rate

Per student $11,000      

Registration Fees

Registration Fees are due at the time of enrollment and are put towards miscellaneous annual fees.

Pre-Kindergarten (Four-Year-Old Program)

There is no registration fee for the AM Pre-Kindergarten program.  

Transitional Kindergarten (Five-Year-Old Program)

Registration Fee: $100/student
Due upon enrollment 

Kindergarten through 8th grade

Registration Fee: $100/student
Due upon enrollment 


*Please note: Registration fees will not be refunded unless moving out of state. If you cannot pay the registration fee(s) at the time of enrollment, please contact the school office.

    Tuition and Fees are paid through FACTS Online Payment System.

    Tuition Assistance

    Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO)

    Families may be eligible for tuition assistance for students in grades K - 8 through the Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO). The income guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year are available here.  Our parents must reapply each year for tuition assistance using St. Augustin CTO school code: 450 password: cto450.

    Project HOPE (Help Our Parents Educate)

    Project 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.

    St. Augustin Scholarships
    After applying for CTO funds, if you do not receive an award, contact the school office.  There are scholarships available through our St. Augustin Catholic School Scholarship Account at The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa. Please contact St. Augustin Principal, Mrs. Spike for more information.
    Iowa 529 Accounts
    Iowa 529 accounts can be used to fund K-12 tuition paid to an accredited State of Iowa School. A 529 Plan is an after-tax investment account that grows tax free if distributions are used toward qualified educational expenses. St. Augustin Catholic School is an accredited State of Iowa School, and our tuition is a qualified 529 account expense. Please speak with your accountant or financial planner for more information on the use of Iowa 529 accounts for tuition.
    Iowa Tuition and Textbook Credit
    Families can claim a credit of up to $250 for tuition and textbook payments on their State of Iowa income tax return. Use your FACTS tuition payment confirmation as proof of payment (or email Mrs. Watters in the school office if you need a copy). Please speak with your accountant for more information on your specific tax situation and eligibility.
    Transportation Reimbursement
    Families with K-8 grade students who live more than 2 miles (one way) from school are potentially eligible to receive reimbursement for transportation expenses from their public school district. 
    Electronic filing for Des Moines Public Schools and digital forms for the surrounding school districts can be found on the school forms website page and should be completed and mailed to your public school district twice a year. Forms must be postmarked no later than December 1st and May 1st.