Education Savings Accounts (ESA)

The 2024-2025 ESA Application is now available. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2024.

The ESA amount for the 2024-2025 school year is $7,826.


New Applicants

First-time applicants will be directed to sign up through Odyssey with an email and password. After confirming your email, you will sign in to the Odyssey portal to begin your application.


Returning Applicants

Second-time applicants will log in to their existing Odyssey account to submit the 24-25 application.

The Students First Act


The Students First Act, signed into law in January 2023, makes state funding available to support the success of every K-12 student in Iowa. The program establishes a framework and funding for education savings accounts, which may be used by eligible families to cover tuition, fees, and other qualified education expenses at accredited nonpublic schools in Iowa. It also provides public schools additional funding for students who live in their district but attend nonpublic schools. At Holy Family, we believe that parents have the primary responsibility of educating their children, and ESAs put real opportunities in the hands of families.

Education Savings Account eligibility will be phased in over three years:

Please Note: ESA's are available to Iowa resident students only.
Year One | 2023-2024
Year Two | 2024-2025
  • Any student that was approved and used an ESA in 23-24
  • All entering kindergarten students
  • All students enrolled in a public school
  • A student enrolled in a private school with a household income at or below 400% of the 2024 Federal Poverty Guidelines ($124,800 for a family of four).
Year Three | 2025-2026

Frequently Asked Questions

For a comprehensive list of FAQs, please visit the Iowa Department of Education's website.

Learn More About ESAs

For reliable and timely information, including Frequently Asked Questions, check out following the resources provided by the Archdiocese of Dubuque Office of Catholic Schools and the Iowa Department of Education. You may also sign up to receive updates through the Department of Education.

Archdiocesesan Office of Catholic Schools:

Iowa Department of Education:

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