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Financial Aid Assistance

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to begin the financial assistance application process.

SWMA Uniforms

South Walton Montessori Academy students wear school uniforms during the school year. Uniforms allow for a less distracting environment and children to experience the hollistic learning that montessori has to offer.

We accept gently used uniform shirts only all throughout the year.  At the meet and greet in August, all of the uniform shirts we have collected will be available at no cost on a first come first serve basis. (We will not accept pants or skirts.)

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Financial Assistance

How does the Financial Assistance Process Work at SWMA?

Over a third of our families at SWMA receive a form of Financial Assistance.  We firmly believe in offering assistance in order to make this unique and effective educational opportunity available to as many families as possible and to encourage cultural, geographic, and financial diversity among our families.

A sub committee of our Board of Trustees is responsible for awarding the assistance.  It is based on need and differs every year depending on the number of families that apply.

The first step is to set up a tour of the school.  Should you choose to apply, your next step is to send in the application, along with a non-refundable $150 application fee.  This fee is a credit toward your tuition, if you enroll.  You will indicate on the application that you would like to apply for financial assistance. Upon receipt of the application, we will call you to set up an interview.  The interview is with the parent(s) and the Lead Teacher in the classroom, as well as the Head of School.  This is a brief meeting where we explain to you what we are doing as an authentic Montessori school, so you can decide if it is a good fit for your family.  It is also a time for us to learn more about your child.  If space is available and we both believe that Montessori is the right fit for your family, we will offer you a contract.

 We ask for a refundable $1500 deposit at this time.  The contract states that if we can come up with a number that works for both of us, that you will commit to staying enrolled for the entire school year.

At this point, we will instruct you to go online to apply using a company called FAST.  There is a non-refundable $38 fee that you will pay directly to FAST to process your application.  You will be required to send FAST a copy of your most recent tax return.  FAST does not make the decision, but they analyze your financial situation and turn your application in to an anonymous candidate that we present to the Financial Assistance committee.  You will indicate how much you think you can afford to pay monthly on the application.  The committee will review your request and will try to get as close to your requested amount as possible, assuming that you qualify.  The decision is based on need, how many families apply, and how much money we have to give.  Hopefully we can come up with a number that works for both of us.  You would have monthly payments over a 10 month period, (July-April). A promissory note would be signed and would serve as an addendum to your contract.  If we are unable to meet your financial needs, you would not be able to retrieve the $150 application fee or the $38 fee paid to FAST, but the $1500 would be refunded.

If you have questions about this process, please feel free to contact Beth Brock at 850-231-5955.

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