The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future School Tuition Organization (STO) and St Mary IC School are pleased to once again provide tuition assistance to qualifying families. This program, supported by over 1000 donors, provides expanded opportunities to help qualifying families afford the Catholic School of their choice. Tuition assistance through the STO is available to Iowa residents whose adjusted gross income is at or below 300% of the federally determined poverty rate. STO funds are only available for K-12th grade students. Early childhood or preschool fees or tuition are not eligible. The STO program will be utilizing FACTS Management in Lincoln, NE to assist in determining the level of assistance to be awarded. FACTS Management has an application that all families need to complete to be considered for assistance. Your personal information will be held in strictest confidence at all times. If you have a child at more than one Archdiocesan School, you will only need to complete one application form. If divorced parents each pay a portion of the tuition bill, then each household needs to complete an application for a possible award towards their portion of tuition. The FACTS application needs to be completed no later than March 31, 2017. The application is available online at online.factsmgt.com/aid in both English and Spanish. In addition to your completed application, you must include a copy of current wage and tax information. See the attached “Grant & Aid Assessment” flyer from FACTS for specific requirements. Tax and wage documents can be scanned, faxed, or sent via U.S. mail postmarked by March 31st. We urge you to complete the materials early to allow time for notification of any missing/incomplete materials. To assist you in completing the application, the FACTS call center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am-9:00 pm at 1-866-441-4637. The FACTS online application also has a chat feature to assist parents available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. At St Mary IC School we are happy to assist you with the application process. A brief video about how to begin the application process can be found at https://online.factsmgt.com/3ZG9X If you do not have Internet access to complete this application online, please call Erin Schmelzer at 563-252-1577 at the school for assistance. If the processing fee is cost prohibitive for your family, please contact me. In addition to individual appointments we are offering help sessions anytime during school hours. St Mary IC School also has local funding to provide tuition assistance over and above the STO program thus providing supplementary tuition assistance. Our local assistance program is open to all locally qualifying families, not just those eligible for the STO. To qualify for local assistance families must first submit a FACTS application and then complete a request for local assistance. By filling out the local Parish Scholarship form. We strongly encourage interested parents to complete an application. The Our Faith, Our Children, Our Future STO coupled with our local tuition assistance program will be able to make Catholic Education affordable for all. If you have questions about the assistance program, contact the school at 563-252-1577 or email@example.com. Contact the FACTS call center at 1-866-441-4637 with specific questions about the application. This is a wonderful opportunity for qualifying families.