Through the Georgia Education Expense Credit Program The Duluth Montessori School is pleased to offer parents several financial assistance options based on contributions made to the Apogee Scholarship Fund. This assistance is available to the families of all current and prospective Duluth Montessori School students that meet the eligibility requirements. Families with more than one child enrolled in the same school year receive a 5% tuition grant for the second child and a 10% tuition grant for the third child.
Need-based grants range from small amounts to full tuition, depending on the availability of funds.
The Duluth Montessori School uses School and Student Services By NAIS (SSS) to facilitate the financial assistance application process. The DMS Financial Assistance Committee will evaluate applications made to SSS and award tuition grants based on funds available through The Apogee Scholarship Fund. All monies will be allocated based on applications received. Applicants will be rated using a point system based on:
- Need as determined by SSS, special considerations outlined in the parent’s letter to the FA Committee, siblings (current or past DMS students), years enrolled in DMS and participation in DMS volunteer opportunities.
- First priority is to continue support for families currently receiving assistance.
- Second priority is to provide funds that enable families already enrolled in DMS to stay with the school in the event of changing personal finances.
- Third priority is to consider all other requests.
- Complete DMS registration for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Parent(s) must file financial statements with SSS online.
- In addition to the online application, parents are required to send to SSS a copy of their federal tax return from the previous tax year and copies of all current W-2 forms.
- The Duluth Montessori School also requires that a letter be prepared and sent to The Financial Assistance Committee, with the specific amount of aid requested and any other information that the parents would like to have considered.
- All forms must be filed by February 15 to be considered as a group by The Financial Assistance Committee for aid for the following school year. Any forms filed after this date will be considered after other awards have been made. Award letters will be mailed by April 16.
- Parents must respond in writing within two weeks if they wish to accept the school’s offer. After that time, the school considers the offer declined and the funds will be reallocated.
Each year the family must reapply for financial assistance. Awards are based on the relative need of the families that have applied, and on the funds available. While the school will make every effort to maintain financial assistance levels from year to year, conditions may change, so one year’s award is no guarantee of awards in subsequent years.