Grand Lake Montessori believes that maintaining a diverse socio-economic family community is essential to creating a good learning environment, and seeks to be a school that reflects the population of the San Francisco Bay Area.
While the principal responsibility for financing an independent school education lies with the students’ families, GLM is able to offer tuition assistance to families who qualify. Although the school encourages all families in need of assistance to apply for financial aid, not all families will qualify or receive funding to the full extent of their assessed need.
Grand Lake Montessori uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial assistance applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information you provide in the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), SSS provides an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses. This estimate is a starting point and helps the School make fair and objective financial aid decisions.
Parents are expected to share responsibility for educational expenses and are required to submit tax returns to substantiate reported income. In the case of divorced or separated parents, GLM requires each parent who has legal custody of the child to submit the PFS form. Complete just one application even if you are applying for several children.
Steps For Applying For Financial Aid
Submitting Supporting Documents
Details will be included in the information you will receive from GLM’s business office.
- You will upload all documents to your account on the SSS site.
- By December 1, 2021: signed tax returns for the prior year including all schedules and W2 forms plus a signed 4506T form.
- By April 20, 2021: signed current year tax returns including all schedules and W2 forms.
- All PFS information is reviewed and compared to tax returns. Discrepancies in reported and actual information may cause an adjustment to the award allotted.
SSS Customer Service Center: (800) 344-8328 | sss.nais.org
There is extensive online help for the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), but if you have additional questions you may contact the SSS Customer Service Center. Assistance is available in English as well as Spanish. If you are calling from outside the United States or Canada, please dial 952-967-9922. Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm EST and Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm EST.