Choosing a Christian education for your family is a faith-filled commitment, that establishes a trusting partnership, and ultimately has a profound impact on your child. 

The 2022-23 Tuition and Fee Schedule positions DMC to deliver our mission, invest in exceptional student experiences, and focus on strategic priorities for the future.  

Needs-Based Tuition Assistance & Savings Opportunities

Many families who desire to send their children to Des Moines Christian School also have questions about financial assistance. DMC recognizes that Christian education is an investment for your family. We want to make this education accessible, and give every qualified, mission-appropriate student the opportunity to attend DMC.  


     Iowa 529 Plan 

    A College Savings Iowa 529 Plan is a type of investment account families can use to save for qualified education expenses, including K-12 tuition at DMC. Earnings in a 529 plan grow tax-free and are not taxed when they're withdrawn. In 2021, participants can deduct up to $3,474 of their contributions, per beneficiary, per parent to determine adjusted gross income for Iowa income tax purposes.

     Iowa Tuition & Textbook Credit
    Families can claim a credit of up to $500 for tuition and textbook payments on their State of Iowa income tax return. Consult your accountant and the Iowa Department of Revenue for more information on your specific tax situation and eligibility. 
     DMC Dollars
    Gift certificates to local and national retailers and restaurants can be purchased through the nationwide program ShopWithScrip and a portion of the purchase is credited towards tuition or a student lunch account. In the 19-20 school year the average rebate was $170 per participating family. Learn more and sign up for the program.   
     Transportation Credit
    Families may be eligible to receive reimbursement for transportation expenses from their public school district. For the 20-21 school year, the District reimbursement paid directly to parents averaged $421 per eligible student.  Eligibility and filing instruction are unique to each public school district.   
     Needs-Based Tuition Assistance

    One in five DMC students receive tuition assistance, and more than $725,000 was distributed in the 20-21 school year.

    DMC begins accepting tuition assistance applications for the next school year in February. Priority submission deadline for applications is April 1. Links to the application are available in Lion Campus for  enrolled families. 

    Families who meet one or more of the following criteria are encouraged to apply.

     1. Household size and income as established by the State of Iowa and facilitated through the Heart of Iowa School Tuition Assistance Organization (STO).  


    2.  Households whose DMC tuition expense is approximately 12% or more of their gross income.

    3. Families with other special financial circumstances.