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. 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.
A full overview of our tuition assistance policies can be found here
Steps For Applying For Tuition Assistance
Submitting Supporting Documents
- You will upload all documents to your account on the SSS site.
- By January 17th, 2024: submit completed tax returns for 2022 including all schedules and W2 forms
- By February 9th, 2024: signed 2023 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.