Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation

Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation

(Updated Sept. 4, 2019)

Thank you, our generous donors, for your help in enabling the families of St. Mary’s students to access tuition scholarships to provide a Catholic education for their children. Your donations also help us to offer tuition scholarships to students new to RSM.  In 2019 the Diocese of Sioux City will be able to collect approximately $3 million for its Catholic Schools. St. Mary's is allotted to collect donations to MLTF in the amount of $117,001.00 in 2019 which will translate into over $105,300.90 available exclusively to RSM families in the 2020-2021 school year.  

If you are a past donor or potential donor, you should know that there are many ways to donate to MLTF (see methods of giving below) that may be even more beneficial for you. 
The guarantee of $117,001 for RSM Schools expires on 12-1-2019 or whenever tax credits are all used up. In 2018 the goal was met by early fall, largely from sources outside of our diocese. Donations for tax credits are on a first-come, first-serve basis and donations can no longer be accepted once the tax credits are used up. We are currently accepting donations that will apply toward 2019 tax return. Gifts in 2019 will afford tuition scholarships for RSM students in the 2020-2021 school year.  

For a better understanding of the MLTF program, check out the information sheets listed under the Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation tab found on this site (see tabs to left).

Recipients of the MLTF funds will be determined by an application to TADS, a third party financial aid review provider.

TADS Applications: Tuition applications can be accessed under the Admissions tab on this website, click on Diocese of Sioux City Tuition Program. The applications for the 2019-2020 school year are due April 1, 2018.  Families new to St. Mary's may apply up to mid-September. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will begin February 2020. TADS applications determine a family’s allocation for MLTF, Bishop's Education Fund, the Catherine Birzle education scholarships, as well as make recommendations for local tuition assistance. Families are eligible up to 3.5X the poverty level for MLTF, and up to 5X poverty for the Bishop's Education Fund. Information on 3.5X and 5X's poverty charts are included on the tab.

Tuition Costs at Remsen St. Mary's for the 2019-2020 year:


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Cash Methods of Giving to MLTF 

Cash/check, or credit card, EFT Transfers Cash/checks may be sent to the RSM Development Office, with your completed MLTF Gift Form (see link on the left).  If you choose to give by credit card, or EFT, go online by clicking Give to MLTF Online (see link on the left). You may also donate by credit card by phone. Contact Marilyn Wellman 712-233-7518 at the diocese office.  

Non-cash Giving to MLTF Non-cash items such as shares of stock or mutual fund are accepted. Grain donation can also be accepted with an approximate $1000 minimum value.  For more information on non-cash donations, click on the links to the left.

How do I get started? In all cases you will need to fill out a simple gift form (see the link on the left). You may print the pdf MLTF Gift Form on this website, or you may obtain a form from the St. Mary's Development Office. Donations can also be made online at Make sure to check the line in front of ___   Remsen - St. Mary’s, as your gift destination.  

St. Mary’s goal is to have the $ for this year’s RSM designation met by mid-November, 2019.  If you would like more information on taking advantage of the tax credit program by donating to MLTF in 2019 you may contact the Development Office at 712-786-1324, or email, 

Information contained on this website is not professional or legal advice.  Consult your tax accountant or attorney.