Tuition Assistance & ESAs


Thank you for choosing to send your student to Dowling Catholic High School. Tuition/Fees will be collected using the Blackbaud Tuition Management online system. Tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is $10,068 plus fees for parish-participating families and $14,088 plus fees for non-participating families. International student tuition for the 2024-2025 school year is $15,500 plus fees.

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

Did you know that ESAs make a Dowling Catholic education more affordable than ever before? Qualifying families can receive $7826 towards tuition for each eligible student. Applications closed on June 30, 2024. 
The three-year rollout for the ESA program began in the 23-24 school year. For the 2024-2025 school year, new students transferring to DCHS from a public school and current families who meet income guidelines will qualify. For the 2025-2026 school year, all DCHS families will benefit.

We encourage all families to visit the Iowa Department of Education website for the most up-to-date information.

If you have questions about the ESA application, please contact 515-222-1078 or

Tuition Assistance

At Dowling Catholic our goal is to make a Catholic education accessible to all. Through our tuition assistance program, we are able to  help cover a portion of the cost of tuition for qualifying families. 
Approximately 37% of DCHS families receive some form of tuition assistance.
The application to be considered for Catholic Tuition Organization (CTO) assistance closed on April 15, 2024. We will share updates when the program reopens next year. 
Please contact the Business Office (515.222.1050) with questions.

The Des Moines Region Catholic School Corporation’s (the “Region”), Catholic schools, under the aegis of the Bishop, state that all of the Region’s Catholic schools admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the schools. These schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, disability, color, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, employment practices, scholarship and loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs. The employment relationship between the Region and its employees is governed by canon law as well as civil law. As religious institutions, nothing in the Iowa Code and this policy shall be construed as prohibiting the Region’s Catholic schools from imposing qualifications based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose. In addition, schools shall comply with the anti-bullying/anti-harassment laws of the state of Iowa, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act as such may apply to the Region’s Catholic schools.

Dowling Catholic High School

Dowling Catholic High School is committed to serving the Greater Des Moines Catholic community and embracing learners of all faiths. In an environment that is faithful, caring and dedicated, Dowling Catholic forms each student to become a Christ-centered leader.